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Landscape Design and Construction

Landscape projects involve both design and construction, each with its own specialist field and focus.

Landscape designers meet clients, measure and draft plans, and design and construct everything outside, from outdoor rooms to pools, playgrounds, plants, and places — all to provide people leading busy lives with a beautiful, sustainable environment to escape to.

As a landscape designer, you can expect to manage the installation or garden designs, liaise with landscape contractors, and make on-site decisions. Designers may also source plants from nurseries and select the best specimens while supervising the layout of plants prior to contractors planting.

Landscape construction involves the practical installation of a landscape design and requires a wide range of specialist construction skills. These include laying paving and concrete, as well as building retaining walls, decks, steps, pergolas and other structures. In addition, landscape contractors also have the know-how to prepare soil and install planting.

The Wintec landscape design and construction programmes are project-based, meaning students will work with real clients on real projects, putting what they learn into practice.

"My background is in horticulture, however, I wanted to gain a qualification in landscape design specifically. After Covid struck, I could no longer travel to the UK to be part of a planting team at the Chelsea Garden Show. So I thought it would be a great time to embark on this dream; I know my studies will take me to the next level, so I don't regret taking on this commitment despite my busy life."

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Students will learn at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens Campus: a 58-hectare environment of public gardens with an incredible variety of trees. Students will design open spaces in sunlit classrooms fully equipped with drawing tables, or go for a wander through the public gardens for a bit of inspiration!


Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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Welcome to the Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries!

Creating the next generation of science talent in New Zealand has never been more important and if you're thinking about a career in Science or Primary Industries, we can help you to build your skills and employability.

We offer a diverse and exciting range of programmes that produce graduates who move on to stimulating and challenging careers within industry. We are proud of who we are and the achievements of our staff, students and alumni.


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