Lesson 1

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  1. Usually the greatest distinction between a landscape designer and a landscape architect is:

    a. The technical difficulty and size of the projects.

    b. The type of plants they use in their designs.

    c. How much money they make.

    d. Their ability to create beautiful landscapes.
    a. The technical difficulty and size of the projects.
  2. All of the following are generally considered projects for a landscape designer EXCEPT:

    a. Developing a landscape plan for a homeowner.

    b. Composing a design for parking and drainage at a new shopping mall.

    c. Overseeing the installation of a residential landscape design.

    d. Managing the care of a completed residential landscape installation.
    b. Composing a design for parking and drainage at a new shopping mall.
  3. The landscape industry tends to expand regardless of how well the economy is doing because:

    a. Landscape services are generally less expensive when the economy is in a slump.

    b. People tend to spend more money when the economy is doing well.

    c. When the economy is doing well, many people can afford landscape products and services, but when the economy is in slump, people often cannot afford a large purchase such as a new home, so they tend to fix up what they have.

    d. There are great number of people entering the landscape industry when the economy is good, and these people offer a greater number of products and services.
  4. What does the author mean when he refers to the landscape design as a "carrot"?

    a. The design is an inexpensive, easy-to-complete phase of landscaping.

    b. The design is the motivation that compels the client to offer the installation work to the landscape designer as well.

    c. The design is the phase where the most amount of money can be made.

    d. The design phase is relatively unimportant compared to the installation phase.
  5. When presenting landscape design plan, what should you do if the clients begin giving you their own ideas for their home?

    a. Immediatly let the clients know how impractical and expensive their ideas are.

    b. Move on to your own ideas before the clients have a chance to explain their ideas.

    c. Remind the clients that they've hired you to come up with design ideas.

    d. Listen attentively and educate the clients as to why your ideas make sense.
  6. It is important for the landscape designer to pre-qualify potential clients in order to:

    a. Ascertain whether the client has the resources and interest in purchasing a landscape plan.

    b. Get an idea of what plants to put in the yard.

    c. Determine how large the property is before having to drive out there.

    d. Make sure that the clients ideas about the design are basically the same as the landscape designers.
  7. According to the author, what price should you charge for your landscape designs?

    a. About $100 per design

    b. About $500 per design

    c. Whatever you feel comfortable with

    d. An overall price that your clients help you decide on.
  8. Which of the following characteristics would be most useful to a landscape designer in dealing with variable weather, finicky plants, and clients who change their minds a lot?

    a. Ability to deal with uncertainty

    b. Forceful communication skills

    c. Strong-willed determination

    d. Knowledge of plants
  9. company that provides landscape design, installation, and management services is often called a/an 

    a. Full-service landscape designer.

    b. all-in-one landscaper.

    c. design-build-firm.

    d. Turnkey contractor.
  10. The design phase sets the tone for the rest of the relationship with clients because they will often judge a landscape designer based on the:

    a. Quality of graphics alone.

    b. Time it takes contractors to install the design.

    c. Variety of plants and hardscape used to complete the project.

    d. Years of experience in the area.
  11. Which of the following accurately describes a benefit to the client when the landscape designer is personally involved with the installation of the landscape design?

    a. It becomes les expensive for the client.

    b. It allows the client to make more last-minute changes in the final design.

    c. It allows the client to be more involved in the actual installation process.

    d. It helps the client avoid informed people who might "pass the buck" if something goes wrong.
  12. The two main goals or functions of the landscape design are to:

    a. make sure the landscape looks as god as other landscapes in the neighborhood and to ensure that it is functional.

    b. Find a place for great number of plants and solve problems that are discovered by the designer.

    c. Make the landscape designer a great deal of money and help clients make their homes attractive in the neighborhood.

    d. Solve problems that exist on a site and create a beautiful environment by maximizing good points and minimizing bad points.
  13. A good design does not "fight the site." This means that the landscape designer:

    a. Tries not to raise an objection, paying attention to the needs of the client instead.

    b. Takes note of the existing qualities of the site and tries to maximize the good points while minimizing of existing points.

    c. Imposes his ideas onto a particular site, even if it means a great deal of grading and removal of existing plants.

    d. Should concentrate on sprucing up the bad features of the site so that they look as good as the positive features.
  14. During the first meeting with the client,         skills are most important to the successful designer.

    a. Drawing
    b. Listening
    c. Selling
    d. Plant-knowledge
  15. The expression "form should follow function" is important in effective landscape design work. which of the following is the best interpretation of this phrase?

    a. Your design should be beautiful above all else.

    b. Your design should first be purposeful and then attractive.

    c. You should always use concrete forms to integrate the sidewalks into the design.

    d. You should select as many different types of plants as possible to create a functional design.
  16. Which one of the following is the best application of the idea of low-maintenance landscape?

    a. Including gardenias and weeping cherry trees in the plan even though they are prone to insect infestation.

    b. Increasing the number of the flower beds to plant annuals

    c. Incorporating container plants and fast-growing shrubbery

    d. Reducing the amount of turf on the property
  17. A good landscape treatment for the outside condenser unit to an air conditioning system is to:

    a. use splashes of brightly-colored flowers surrounding the unit.

    b. plant a combination of unique, eye-appealing shrubs and annual flowers around the unit.

    c. move the eye to more interesting features in the yard.

    d. plant dense shrubs closely around the unit, completely blocking it from view.
  18. Generally, it is important to limit the number of number of different plants in an outdoor room composition to approximately seven because it:

    a. saves the client money

    b. satisfies homeowners who do not like a large number of different plants in the typical local nursery

    c. is much easier to locate fewer numbers of plants in a typical local nursery

    d. allows the viewers eye to take in the entire composition without it feeling busy or fussy
  19. As a general rule, clients are more impressed with the final overall effect of the landscape rather than the individual plants and other elements. The idea that the entire composition is more important than all the individual parts is known as:

    a. repetion

    b. aesthetic beauty

    c. synergy

    d. ambiguity
  20. Having a landscape designer improve the "curb appeal" of your home is like buying an expensive convertible because you want a finished product that is:

    a. emotionally satisfying that will also enhance your personal life

    b. inexpensive even if it is a challenge to manage

    c. like a plant zoo with a tremendous number of unusual plants and materials

    d. beautiful but not necessarily functional
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2013-04-17 05:07:27
Landscape Design

Lesson 1 of Landscape Design
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