Masters in

Garden Design

Milan, 16 - 25 September 2019 - 20 CFP released for Architects

Become a garden designer

Do you want to become a garden designer?
Il Masters in Garden Design IDI is a full-immersion professional training course that will allow you to learn external and bio-architectural design techniques, learning to manage a garden design project in all its phases, from the concept to the choice of ornamental plants and the elements of furnishings that best adapt to the ecosystem.

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What you will learn:

Botany and ecology of the landscape

Recognition of botanical and arboreal species

Classification of species of ornamental interest

Elements of the history of the garden

Choice of plants in the nursery

Land characteristics

Urban green

Exaltation of sensory elements

Creative workshop with plant design

The training process

Master in Garden Design

The aim of the Master in Garden Design is to consolidate the technical and artistic skills of the student in the design of gardens, parks and green areas, in order to create harmonious and fascinating compositions and insert them in a living and natural context. THE'integration with the landscape it is in fact an indispensable principle in green design, which must aim at a perfect fusion between nature and human work. Each of the decorative elements necessary to complete the project must aim to achieve the necessary balance between the vitality of the vegetation and the art of human intervention.

The aims of the training course are:
- teach how to look at external spaces through multiple points of view
- transmit the rules of the architectural composition, in all the different phases of design
- provide basic knowledge of the botanical world through species recognition
- make the design references of a "contemporary" design understand through the study of history
- teach the main representation techniques of a project
- identify the various technical aspects of a green project (irrigation, outdoor lighting, street furniture, design of the elements)
- provide the normative bases for operating in the sector (overcoming architectural barriers, reducing visual pollution, hanging green)

The design phase of this full-immersion garden design course it is based on the integration between the environment and the needs of the client, between functionality and design choices. All this is essential to find effective and appropriate solutions, able to shape the landscape with elegance and with a constant attention to the relationship between tradition and new trends.

Job opportunities

The Garden Designer can be used in technical and architectural studies of exterior design, but also in nurseries and greenhouses, or operate as a freelance professional for creating or renovation of gardens, arcades and terraces of houses or offices. It can finally design the green areas of reception halls or reception facilities like hotel and resort.

Topics Covered

Botany and ecology of the landscape
  • Anatomy of plants
  • Physiognomy of plants
Living in nature
Gardens on an insole
Private gardens
Vertical green
Recognition of botanical and arboreal species
  • Dimensions, foliage, colors, transparencies, full and empty
  • Leaf, stem, hairs and thorns
  • Vascular plants
  • The biological form
  • The underground organs
  • The fruits
Classification of species of ornamental interest
  • Notes on the main ornamental tree species
  • Annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous ornamental plants
  • Type of use of ornamental plants
  • The social function of ornamental plants
Elements of the history of the garden
  • The art of gardens - Historical notes
  • The medieval garden
  • The fifteenth-century garden
  • The Renaissance garden
  • The splendor of the court gardens of the seventeenth century
  • Notes on the Chinese and Japanese garden
  • The landscape garden
  • The birth of large parks
  • The twentieth century
  • Contemporary landscapers
  • (drawing exercises)
Choice of plants in the nursery
  • The nursery material
  • Classification of the material
  • Morphological analysis of the material
  • Visits to historic parks and nurseries
Land characteristics
  • Soil components
  • Physical-mechanical properties
  • Motion of water in the saturated and unsaturated porous medium
Urban green
  • Urban forest
  • Design of terraces and roof gardens
  • Artificial elements of green areas
  • Analysis and classification of urban green
  • Functions of urban green
  • Regulations of urban green
  • Public green and private green
  • Creative workshop with plant design
Exaltation of sensory elements
  • scents
  • Colors
  • Seasonal colors

Event in collaboration with the Order of Architects of the Province of Milan. 20 cfp recognized to Architects. MILAN edition from 16 to 25 September 2019.

Italian Design Institute is a member:


Programme Stages

  • Preliminary lessons: texts + online platform
  • Classroom phase: 72 hours
  • Project work: realization of an individual project
  • Stage of internship: Internships of 300 hours at partner companies in the region of interest of the participant
  • Max. Participants: 18

How to apply

  • Fill out the information request form and we will contact you within a few days. In the selection of candidates will be considered the school and work CV, in addition to the motivational letter produced; it is possible to support the candidacy with a portfolio of previous works. Considering these elements, the examining board will communicate the result of the selection and admission to the Course / Master, by submitting the registration form.


  • Opportunity of financing the enrollment fee;
  • Professional orientation meeting during the classroom stage;
  • CV video realization during full-immersion;
  • CV revision and updating for sending it to companies in the design sector at the end of the training process;
  • Reports of accommodation facilities in areas adjacent to the venue of the classroom stage.



  • Patrizia Pozzi
    Patrizia Pozzi Landscape architect

    Landscape Architect, Patrizia Pozzi develops projects dedicated to the most transversal and interdisciplinary forms of contemporary landscape architecture. She starts very young to work for the FAI and for Italia Nostra. Winner of numerous competitions for the design of public areas and for the redevelopment of parks, 1991 is the owner of an architectural and environmental design studio where she deals with the design of parks and gardens, environmental recovery, rural public and private spaces. It is famous for having developed the artificial hedge furniture line Landscape Furniture, which has been a great success.

  • Pierpaolo Tagliola
    Pierpaolo Tagliola Landscape architect

    Pierpaolo Tagliola has a transversal training in the field of gardens and landscape. Before becoming a landscape architect he collaborated with various nurseries and worked for years in the design of gardens, a passion that he achieved by earning a degree with honors in Agriculture and then a master's degree with honors in Landscape Architecture, at the Polytechnic University of Turin . Consultant of the AG & P studio in Milan, he deals with numerous projects in Italy, Switzerland, China, Russia and Libya. He was executive manager of the Azerbaijan pavilion for AG & P during Expo 2015 and a member of the artistic direction of Franciacorta in bloom and of Festival of gardens.

  • Sonia Santella
    Sonia Santella Garden designer and journalist

    Sonia Santella is a garden designer, blogger and freelance journalist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Stockholm and is currently a member of a Scandinavian landscape research network. He completed his training at theQuasar Design University Institute of Rome, specializing in the design of public and private green spaces. He has been writing specialist articles in landscape architecture for about ten years and cultivates his passion for garden photography by collaborating with Italian and Swedish magazines. In the 2009 he published his first book, entitled Gardens of Sweden. Passion and culture of green from 800 to the present day and in the 2012 Royal gardens of Sweden. An enchanted journey between art and nature.

  • Stefano Laprocina
    Stefano Laprocina Agronomist, CEO Green Profile

    Stefano Laprocina, agronomist and botanical enthusiast, founded in 2008 Green Profile, to promote a green philosophy aimed at the all-round exploration of the concept of green. The aim of the initiative is to make the relationship between man and nature more spontaneous and daily, exploiting its ability to adapt to the most daring architectural structures. The determination to carry out this project is evident from the beginning, when Verde Profilo establishes itself as a company specialized in the design of gardens. The approach towards the sector, usually characterized by a strong traditionalism, has a fresh and innovative cut, based on the concept of usability of the green space.


  • During the lectures the teachers have shown to have a very high level of competence. I found the study of how to structure the garden really interesting, where particular attention was paid to the use of plants to make the most of their physical and ornamental characteristics.

    Anna Carmen R. - 31 years, Rome
  • The teacher was very professional, helpful and kind to pass on her knowledge ... I really enjoyed seeing her projects. During the whole training course I had interesting ideas that I will develop.

    Silvia M. - 42 years, Brescia
  • Pleasant lesson on vertical green, a field for me new, whose topics have been treated in a clear and comprehensive. The visit to the nursery was very concise.

    Antonio A. - 23 years, Cava De 'Tirreni (SA)
  • I am very satisfied with how the teacher has presented the topics. The hints of the Japanese Zen garden and the Chinese garden, very popular today, have caught my attention.

    Matteo P. - 34 years, Cadrezzate (VA)
  • The report on the vegetation of the project was clear and direct, giving me the concepts I wanted.

    Carmelo B. - 31 years, Palermo
  • During the lessons my interest was always high with topics treated in a clear and exhaustive manner.

    Claudia C. - 25 years, Brescia
  • The vertical green seminar was extremely fascinating, with a very captivating presentation. It is interesting to have known the approach and the philosophy of an entrepreneur / innovator such as Stefano Laprocina.

    Maria Giovanna l. - 25 years, Peschiera Borromeo
  • Short but intense training path. I was fully satisfied with the lessons received (...). From now on I have a new way to see the green. Thank you for the experience.

    Gabriele B. - 24 years, Mirano

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