LAND 200 - Topics in Landscape Theory and Garden Design

  • 3 credits

LAND 200 – Topics in Landscape Theory and Garden Design provides students with topics of landscape theory and design principles in garden design through readings, videos, and lectures. Students will be engaged through online discussions and will record weekly exercises and course material with the development of a sketchbook and blog/website postings.

Academics goals for this course:

  • Become accomplished in landscape history, theory and basic design strategies and processes.
  • Develop a strong skillset for garden design at varying scales.
  • Accomplish various visual communication tools and techniques.

Topics covered through readings, videos, and discussions are:

  • Garden Definition and the Three Natures
  • Drawing, Representation and Landscape Meaning
  • Regulating Climate: Spaces, Rooms, and Grottoes
  • Paths, Terraces, Stairs, Edges
  • Walls, Fences, Gates, Seating
  • Vegetation – Form, Texture, Shape, Volume, Color
  • Water Features

Important Information

All readings are provided.

Textbook and Materials


  • Garden and Climate, 1st Ed.
    Sullivan, Chip
    ISBN: 978-0070271036
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Invisible Gardens (1996)
    Walker, Peter and Simo, Melanie
    ISBN: 978-0262731164
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Minimalist Gardens (1997)
    Walker, Peter
    ISBN: 978-1888931006
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Modern Garden Design, Innovation Since 1900 (2003)
    Waymark, Janet
    ISBN: 0500511128
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • The History of Gardens (1979)
    Christopher Thacker
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore

All readings are provided.


Kelly Curl

(970) 491-7283 |

After receiving her MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, Kelly worked at Peter Walker and Partners (PWP). Kelly's past projects include The Cleveland Clinic, World Trade Center Memorial, University of Texas-Austin, San Jose International Airport, Novartis headquarters, Raleigh Museum of Art, and the University of California-Merced.