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CSM240 The Business of Landscaping
Learn what every person should consider in order to develop and operate a successful landscape business. Design, design-build, and maintenance only firms will be considered. Students will develop their own business and marketing plans. Topics include proposals and contracts, setting fees, dealing with clients and subcontractors, and record keeping. Hints for evaluating your own personal and financial capabilities will be given. Textbooks will be discussed at first session.
CSM280 Principles of Design
Line, shape, texture and negative space are only a few of the building blocks in the world of design. Strengthen your visual skills with hands on exercises in a constructive, friendly environment. Learn how to use the various elements of design (line, shape, texture etc.) along with how to apply the basic principles of design (balance, contrast, rhythm etc.) in order to create well designed works of art, graphic compositions, web designs, interior spaces, or exterior landscapes. Open to beginners and more experienced students in any visual field.
CSM286 Trees - Identification and Culture
An introduction to the most commonly planted trees in New England, their distinguishing characteristics, horticultural requirements and some suggested landscape uses. Examine botanical features such as: leaf shape; color; twig and bud characteristics. Class meets for seven sessions during six weeks, including one mandatory weekend field trip, to be arranged with the instructor. Plant specimens, slide lectures and the field trip will be used. Two quizzes, a final test and a photo journal are required for successful completion of this course. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at the Danvers Bookstore.
CSM287 Perennials, Annuals, Vines: Identification & Culture
Learn the identification, horticultural requirements and what are the most suitable annuals, perennials, and vines to grow in the New England area. Examine foliage, flowers, texture, color, and companion planting. Weekly quizzes and one design project will be assigned.TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at the Danvers Campus Bookstore.
CSM293 Identification and Culture of Shrubs
An introduction to the most commonly planted shrubs in New England, their distinguishing characteristics, horticultural requirements, and some suggested landscape applications. Learn to choose appropriate shrubs for the landscape as well as recognize established specimens. Plant specimens, slide lectures, and field trips will be utilized to teach the material. Class meets for seven sessions during the six weeks, which includes one mandatory weekend field trip, to be arranged with the instructor in class. One quiz and a final test will be given and a photo journal is required for successful completion of this course TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at the Danvers Campus Bookstore.
CSM351 Advanced Identification of Trees
This class will present some of the more unusual and sophisticated ornamental trees that can be planted in New England, their distinguishing characteristics, horticultural requirements, and some suggested landscape applications. Trees to be covered will include both native and exotics. Height, form, twig and bud characteristic, leaf shape, color, and other significant features will be discussed, as well as ways of using these plants in design. Twig samples, slide lectures, and Saturday field trips will aid in plant identification and provide examples of plant use. There will be a final exam. In addition, students will be required to keep photo journals.
CSM352 Advanced Identification of Shrubs
This seminar will present some of the more unusual and sophisticated ornamental shrubs that can be planted in New England, their distinguishing characteristics, horticultural requirements, and some suggested landscape applications. Shrubs to be covered will include both native and exotics. Height, form, twig and bud characteristics, leaf shape, color, and other significant features will be discussed as well as ways of using these plants in design. Twig samples, slide lectures, and two field trips will aid in plant identification and provide examples of plant use. There will be a final exam. Prerequisite: Shrubs - Identification and Culture, or equivalent.
CSM356 Landscape Construction
Introduction to construction details, materials, and methods for the landscape. Wood arbors, decks, fences and gates, stone walls, site furniture, patio and walkway paving and other subjects such as soils, grading and earthwork will be discussed. Hands-on drawing exercises will be given. Drawing experience helpful. Homework exercises required.
CSM942 Landscape Design Drawing: Session 3
Learn design and graphic techniques for more complex projects. This class introduces students to basic landscape design techniques and how to illustrate your designs with hand-drawn graphics. It is suitable for professionals, homeowners, and career changers. A basic knowledge of trees, shrubs, and perennials will be helpful. Homework and a small workspace at home is required. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at Danvers Bookstore. Prerequisite: Landscape Design Drawing: Sessions 1 & 2 or working knowledge/experience in design drawing. Class requirement: A 20 X 30 inch drafting table with legs to provide support at the back edge or a plain drafting board.
CSM962 Landscape Design Drawing: Session 1
Learn basic landscape design principles and techniques, basic hand drawing and drafting techniques. This class introduces students to basic landscape design and how to illustrate your designs with hand-drawn graphics. A basic knowledge of trees, shrubs, and perennials will be helpful. Homework and a small workspace at home are required. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at the Danvers Bookstore. Class requirement: A 20 X 30 inch drafting table with legs to provide support at the back edge or a plain drafting board required for class.
CSM984 Landscape Design Drawing: Session 2
Learn designing and drawing a conceptual plan for a small landscape project. This class continues developing skills in basic landscape design techniques and how to illustrate your designs with hand-drawn graphics. A basic knowledge of trees, shrubs, and perennials will be helpful. Homework and a small workspace at home is required. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: available at Danvers Campus Bookstore. Class requirement: A 20 X 30 inch drafting table with legs to provide support at the back edge or a plain drafting board required for class.
CSM993 Landscape Design Drawing: Session 4
Learn advanced design and rendering techniques for presentation plans and drawings. Be introduced to basic landscape design techniques and how to illustrate your designs with hand-drawn graphics. It is suitable for professionals, homeowners, and career changers. A basic knowledge of trees, shrubs, and perennials will be helpful. Homework and a small workspace at home is required. TEXTBOOK REQUIRED: Available at the Danvers Bookstore. Prerequisite: Landscape Design Drawing: Sessions 1 through 3 or working knowledge/experience in design drawing. Class requirement: A 20 X 30 inch drafting table with legs to provide support at the back edge or a plain drafting board.
CST115 Mass. Cert Landscape Professional Exam
CSM941 Landscape and Garden Maintenance - Fall
Gain hands-on experience at Long Hill, an outstanding country estate with historic gardens in Beverly owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Participate in fall landscaping and garden maintenance surpervised by the Long Hill staff horticulturalists. Learn about perennial garden maintenance, fall cleanup, winter garden protection, mulching, weeding, lawn care, woody plant culture, spring bulb planting, tool maintenance, and more. Informational handouts provided.
CSM935 Landscape & Garden Maintenance - Spring
Enjoy learning on-site at Long Hill, an outstanding Country Garden estate in Beverly, managed by the Trustees of Reservations. A hands-on opportunity to participate in spring landscaping and garden maintenance with a field professional/supervisor.
CSM958 Landscape and Garden Maintenance - Summer
Gain hands-on experience at Long Hill, an outstanding country estate with historic gardens in Beverly owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Participate in summer landscaping and garden maintenance supervised by the Long Hill staff horticulturalists. Learn about planting, weed identification/removal, garden rejuvenation, summer pruning (including hedges), mulching, propagation and cuttings, stone laying, landscape equipment, design of summer containers, and more. Informational handouts provided.

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