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Landscape Design Certificate Program

A Continuing Education Program

The gardener always has to look to the future.
- Alain Baraton: Author of The Gardener of Versailles and Versailles’ Resident Gardner-in-Chief    

What is Landscape Design?

The renowned gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed to impress, and they continue to do so more than 300 years after the first orange trees were planted.  But the landscape surrounding one of France’s grandest chateaus has been reimagined and redefined to better meet the demands of a changing environment and an evolving public conscience about the use of natural resources. The challenge to today’s Landscape Designer is to transform an outside area into a thing of beauty while ensuring that it holds a sustainable purpose in a delicate and complex ecosystem.          

The Landscape Design Certificate Program at Macomb

In Macomb’s Landscape Design Program, you will be introduced to garden design styles and characteristics, plant composition, grading and drainage considerations, garden installation processes and sustainable landscape design criteria. You will learn how to draft and present a landscape design, identify potential problems at a site, incorporate walkways, create micro-climates and use existing environmental conditions to create purposeful and sustainable landscapes.  The Program leads to both a Basic Landscape Design Certificate (six classes) and an Advanced Landscape Design Certificate (four additional classes). An Environmental Horticulture Certificate (seven classes) is also available.

What is a Continuing Education Program?

Continuing Education programs are open enrollment, which means you do not have to fill out an application to Macomb Community College. Continuing Education programs are not eligible for financial aid or for academic credit toward an associate degree or related certificate. 

Landscape Design Courses at Macomb

Macomb’s Landscape Design Courses may be taken individually per your interest or toward a certificate of completion.  The courses are:

Basic Landscape Design Certificate

  • Landscape Design Graphics
  • Landscape Design Principles
  • The Design and Sales Process
  • Residential Landscape Planting Design
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Site Analysis and Evaluation

Advanced Landscape Design Certificate

  • Estimating and Landscape Project Management
  • Site Development: Grading and Drainage
  • Incorporating Walks, Walls and Patios into the Garden
  • Incorporating Walks and Designing Functional Outdoor Rooms

Career Opportunities with a Certificate in Landscape Design

With a Landscape Design Certificate, you will be qualified for positions that include landscaper, groundskeeper and lawn service technician.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Certificate Program?

For more information, contact the program coordinator at 586.498.4100 or

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