Every year, Pacific Horticulture College students work with members of the public who are willing to offer their properties as landscape design student projects. This is a great learning opportunity for PHC students, and the participants receive 2-3 gorgeous landscape design possibilities for their gardens!

To be eligible for this opportunity, your property must be average-size and within the Greater Victoria Area (excluding Sooke and Metchosin), you must be available for design consultations between early September and early November and finally, you must be willing to make a donation of $400 to the PHC Student Education Fund.

For additional information and how to apply for the 2021 Landscape Design Student Project, please download the application form: Landscape Design Student Project – Application 2021.

Please see below for a review of the Landscape Design process from Carolyn, a 2020 participant:

In our first meeting in September, I shared with my design student a wish list I had for my garden. She was very professional, attentive, took thorough notes and asked important questions. We went into great detail about the needs and functional uses of my garden. I really appreciated her enthusiasm.  On her second visit she did a survey to physically assess the garden and measure its main features. The following meeting we had was a review of her Landscape Design Project to date. She showed me photographs on her computer of plants she had found, and discussed where they could fit into the layout. I was so pleased with her progress and very excited by her ideas. Our final meeting was her presentation of the finished project. She had a large scale drawing of my garden, with individual plants drawn in and numbered. The corresponding handout listed all the plants with details such as quantity, size, size to buy and notes. There were also two pages of additional notes regarding the garden in general and issues that had come up during our discussions. She used what she was learning from other classes at the PHC and applied it to this project with enthusiasm. I was thrilled with her work. Her care, attention to detail and effort show in the fabulous design she produced. I now have what I need to move forward and plant my dream garden.

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Questions about the Landscape Design Student Project? Contact [email protected].

Thanks so much and we look forward to working with you!