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Sustainable Landscape Design

Sustainable Landscape Design, a Plant Sciences concentration, seeks to provide healthy food and clean water, combat environmental degradation, and support public health initiatives by working with nature. The landscape is a life-sustaining ecosystem shared by all that inhabit the earth. It is the cities and towns where we live and work, the parks and gardens where we play, the fields that nourish our bodies and supply our economies, and the wilderness that restores us. Pressures from a growing population and a changing climate mandate that we look beyond the aesthetic potential of the designed landscape to solving bigger issues.

Tennessee River Studio is led by Brad Collett, professor of Plant Sciences, in association with the College of Architecture and Design. Herbert College of Agriculture’s unique partnership offers students a natural progression into graduate study.


Studies include plant materials, design development and communication, construction methods, environmental science, and ecological systems. Students are exposed to the College of Architecture and Design, and many go on to apply to their Master of Landscape Architecture after completing their undergraduate studies.

Professor Brad Collett uses virtual reality goggles as a smiling students looks on.

The virtual reality lab allows students to view their designs in 3D. Creative types thrive in this dynamic environment.


The natural world is a key interest for many students. Explore how nature is incorporated into your curriculum.

A student lounges in a hammock in the Tennessee mountains