Robert Brzuszek said “historically, plant knowledge and the ability to select and incorporate plants into the design process has been a cornerstone in the practice of landscape architecture. However, a 2009 study reported that only two courses in planting design were required by the vast majority of accredited landscape architecture programs”, who evaluated the attitudes and perceptions of practicing landscape architects in the southeastern United States with regards to the importance of horticultural knowledge.
As far as I am concerned, plant knowledge is an important part of landscape skills. Even though many landscape architects are good at urban or regional plan, some of our clients are in the residential market, which may need more plant knowledge than other planning professionals. There will be great limitations if landscape architect knows little about the application of plant materials. Unable using appropriate plants results in failure of landscape architecture design. “Landscape firms that provide planting and management plans as part of their site-based services need employees with sufficient plant knowledge, or at least need someone in their office who has a specialization in plants,” noted Brzuszek. Although lots of basic plant knowledge is available for us now, experience will also be an excellent teacher.