- Explain the differences between a landscape architect and a
horticulturist, a landscape contractor, an architect, an urban planner,
and a civil engineer. Give an example of the work each might do that is
unique to that vocation. How might people in these positions work with a
- Do ONE of the following:
- Visit a landscape architect's office or invite a landscape architect
to your troop meeting to tell about his or her work. Find out about and
discuss the following with your merit badge counselor:
- What a landscape architect's daily work is like.
- The education one must have to be a professional landscape
- The methods used in developing a design.
- The drawing tools and computer equipment used in design.
Log on to the American Society of Landscape Architects'
Web site at http://www.ASLA.org
and find out more about the landscape architecture profession and
schools that educate landscape architects. Using documents printed from
this Web site, report to your counselor what you have learned.
- Go to a completed landscape project that a landscape architect has
designed. Before you visit the site, obtain a plan of the design from the
landscape architect if one is available.
- Make a report in the form of a short talk to your Scout troop on what
you found in requirement 3. Discuss the following:
- Tell whether the design had separate spaces, a clear path system,
and sun and shade variety.
- Tell about the places to sit, eat, or park a car.
- Tell whether you were always comfortable and protected.
- Tell about some of the trees, shrubs, and ground covers used in the
- Identify five shrubs, five trees, and one ground cover, being sure
that you select examples of different shapes, sizes, and textures. With
the help of your counselor or a local nursery, choose plants that will
grow in your area. Bring pictures of the different planting materials or,
if possible, examples of their branches, leaves, or flowers to a troop
meeting. Be prepared to tell how you might use each in the design of a
- Look at and study a place of worship or school grounds to find the
place where most people arrive by bus or car. Show you can do the
- Using a measuring tape, measure and draw the entry and its nearby
area using a scale of 1/8 inch equal to 1 foot on an 11-by-17-inch piece
of paper. Be sure to include the driveway and the wall and door where
people enter the school or place of worship. Indicate any sidewalks,
structures, trees, and plants within the study area. Make a copy of this
plan to save the original. Do the next two items on copies.
- On one copy, use directional arrows to indicate where the water
drains across the site, where ditches occur, and where water stands for
a longer period of time.
- Decide how you can make the place safer and more comfortable for
those using it. Redesign the area on another copy of the plan. You may
want to include new walks, covered waiting areas, benches,
space-defining plantings of trees and shrubs, and drainage structures.