landscape design student standing in garden with equipment

Landscape Design & Construction

Landscape design and construction: the art of creative design and practical installation of features for outdoor spaces.

Landscapers meet clients, measure and draft plans, and design everything outside from outdoor rooms to pools, playgrounds, plants ,and places — all to provide people leading busy lives with a beautiful home retreat to escape to.

Landscapers can also expect to project manage the installation of garden designs, or be involved in the landscape construction. They could be doing anything from building outdoor rooms to laying surfaces and creating and planting the gardens.

Wintec's Landscape Design and Construction programmes are projects based, so students will be working with real clients on real projects, to put what they learn into practice.


Typically students will study the following programmes for two years to develop the skills and knowledge to work in landscape design and/or construction:

First semester: Level 3

In the first semester students will study the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

Regional students will study General Horticulture (Level 3) AND the Applied Horticultural Services (Level 3) (Landscape Construction).

Students who choose to complete their study after the first semester will have the skills to work as a skilled labourer in this area.

Students who already have some experience in landscaping may be able to enter directly into Level 4. Contact us for more information.

Second semester: Level 4

At Level 4 students will choose their ‘strand’ of interest and study Landscape Construction or Landscape Design. Each program is one semester, a student can choose to do both strands one after the other if desired.

In landscape construction students will hone their skills in construction and have the ability to choose optional areas of interest in stone work, brick and block work, and water features. This qualification assists you with the skills to becoming a team leader on a landscape site.

In landscape design students will develop design skills enabling them to create simple home garden design plans, with hand and computer graphic representation, plant identification and planting design. You will also learn plan set out to assist and supervise on landscape sites. 

Students will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) Landscape Construction or Landscape Design strands.

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Landscape Design Students' Award-Winning Cafe Garden Bar

Wintec's landscape design students were rewarded for their efforts at the 2016 Waikato Home and Garden Show. The landscape design students won a gold medal for their “Café Garden Bar” in the NZ Landscape Design Awards. Their creation showcased the history and heritage of local Waikato winery, Vilagrad Winery, and used materials recovered from Vilagrad’s devastating fire in 2015. The 6m x 10m creation included a water feature with spilling wine bottles and a burnt woven barrel-effect wall. The garden bar will be recreated at Vilagrad Winery this year.


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!


Landscape Design and Construction pathway diagram

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