This article appeared in the July/August 2001 issue of Horticulture Update, edited by Dr. Douglas F. Welsh, and produced by Extension Horticulture, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas.
Landscape Design Study Course I, Series XVIII
Course I Series XVIII, which is held in conjunction with the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, will be offered in four separate schools, approximately six months apart, in the Bryan-College Station area.
Participants may take the four courses in any sequence. Garden Club members, Master Gardeners, nurserymen and others who are interested in furthering their knowledge of landscape design are welcome to attend.
This year a very interesting Special Topic lecture will be presented by Professor Roger Ulrich of the Texas A&M Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and head of the Center for Health Systems and Design, a joint effort of the Colleges of Architecture and MedicineMaster Gardeners who complete a course may apply 12 hours of credit to their requirements for continuing education.
A behavioral scientist, Dr. Ulrich will speak on ‘Restorative Gardens.’ His research has shown that the human benefits of viewing gardens and other aspects of nature extend beyond aesthetics to include positive effects on psychological and physical well being, reduction of stress, and in certain situations health improvements.
These and other studies have contributed to identifying health benefits of gardens and landscape architecture, and have influenced internationally the site planning and architectural form of scores of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Dr. Ulrich’s research has played a pivotal role in the resurgent international interest in restorative or healing gardens.
Texas Garden Club members who successfully pass the examinations for all four courses are eligible to become nationally accredited Landscape Design Consultants.
Certified Nursery Professionals who pass the course may apply this to their requirement for recertification with the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA).
Registration for the course will be $60.00. This year a text, Stewards of the Land (National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.), will be available with chapters which cover thoroughly the materials to be presented in all four of the courses of the series. Those students wishing to purchase the book may add an additional amount of $40 to the registration fee amount. The book will be reserved for them to pick up the first morning of the course. The text will replace in large part the syllabus which accompanied the course in previous years.
Registration forms may be requested from Lenora Sebesta, Department of Extension Horticulture, 2134 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2134, by telephone (979) 845-7342, by FAX (979) 845-8906, or by e-mail at
For further information about the Course, including a tentative schedule and registration form, return to the aggie-horticulture home page and click on "The Southern Garden" in the index.
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