Landscape Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about landscape design with this lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take a related quiz to follow up, and participate in activities to reinforce major concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Describe some of the things landscape architects accomplish
  • Name some of the elements they employ to achieve their goals
  • Review some specific examples of landscape architecture


1-1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • City parks
  • Environmental restoration
  • Green spaces
  • Horticulture
  • 'Low-impact development'
  • Private residences
  • Stormwater management
  • Topography

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • Inform your students they are going to be learning about landscape design.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the subject?
  • Review the eight vocabulary terms.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Landscape Architecture: Design & Examples.
  • Read the introduction and the initial section 'Landscape Architecture Overview.'
    • What are some of the factors that influence landscape architecture?
    • Are designs created for both city and country settings?
    • What are several types of projects that are created?
    • With who do landscape architects often work?
  • Next read the section 'Areas of Practice.'
    • What famous park is located in New York City?
    • What often surprises people about this park?
    • What are some of the benefits that green spaces and parks provide?
    • What other fields are interrelated with landscape architecture?
    • Who are some of the other professionals landscape architects often consult?
  • Now read the section 'Landscape Architecture Design and Examples.'
    • What has been the result of increased regulations?
    • What is stormwater?
    • What does the term 'low-impact development' mean?
    • What are some of the methods used to design private residences?
    • What is an example of a famous private residence?
    • What legendary landscape architect created that residence?
    • What city park did this same man also design?
    • Who was his partner?
    • What other park did they also create together?
    • What are some of the goals of environmental restoration?
    • What are some methods utilized to achieve these goals?
  • Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary' and answer any questions of pertinence your students may pose to you.
  • Have them take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their grasp of the material.

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