Students who successfully complete this Quest Badge will be able to:
- Outline the six generic steps in the landscape design process. Explain how the process is important to potential water savings. Explain how the process applies to existing landscapes.
- Discuss opportunities and limitations as they relate to the analysis.
- Explain how the story line defines the landscape around family values, needs, and wants.
- Describe hydrozoning and its role in potential water savings and plant selection.
- Describe lawn options related to design needs, property use, and water demand.
- Describe the use of rectilinear, curvilinear, and angular design styles.
- Describe how to refine a preliminary design for efficient irrigation efficiency.
- Describe the interplay of line, color, texture, and form with scale, balance, simplicity, variety, emphasis, and sequence to create unity in the design.
- Explain hints to mix and match plants creating pizzazz.
Students receive access to the course for six-months from the time of registration to complete the course. The time frames listed on the courses are recommended times of completion.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.
Textbooks and Materials
- The Science of Gardening
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Alison Stoven O'Connor
Alison Stoven O'Connor is the Colorado State University Extension horticulture agent in Larimer County and instructor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. She's been with Extension for eight years. Alison coordinates the Larimer County Master Gardener program and assists homeowners and industry with horticultural questions. She attended Iowa State University and The Ohio State University, majoring in horticulture, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University.