The European Landscape Study Abroad class is designed to provide the best experience in distinguishing landscape features that are beautiful and exclusive while maintaining a positive, healthy environment.
European Landscape Design study abroad will examine the differing design features of England, France, and Italy; all of which have unique design characteristics that make them beautiful yet exclusive. We will link basic design principles and incorporate distinctive features and plants associated with England, France, and Italy. Landscape architecture helps us make informed decisions when purchasing plants and landscape materials and understand how they create art in the landscape, understand how plants influence the environment, understand plant biology, identify issues and challenges dealing with landscape planning and maintenance, and enjoy plants more while understanding their role in the built environment. Comparisons will naturally be made with designs, plant health issues, and plant varieties in Utah, which will highlight differences and similarities of the plants and growing conditions but will also identify landscape characteristics that were influenced by early settlers. We will observe public gardens to learn design styles and plant materials essential for those designs and gain an appreciation for the central importance of plants in our world and society. This will be an active study abroad as we tour through multiple gardens in each country, identify ways to keep plants healthy and looking their best, visit with professionals, design our own landscapes, and enjoy historical locations.