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Landscape Design 4-H Fair Exhibit

There are many avenues for youth to participate in horticulture and landscape architecture through a local 4-H program. Eligibility: Any 4-H member may prepare an exhibit(s) for their county fair. First place entries are eligible for their state fair.

4-H Landscape Design Drawing Project

Develop a landscape design/drawing for the provided residence. Base Maps should be printed on 11" x 17". Once printed verify scale is 1 inch = 10 ft. Design drawings are to be made directly on the provided base maps. Use provided examples of landscape symbols to draw and/or trace on to the base map. Use the provided color rendered landscape drawings for example of effective designs and color techniques.


Please watch the video series for guidance on how to complete the 4-H Landscape Design Drawing Challenge. Feel free to work along to the video as you learn how to draw and design landscapes. If you need more time to complete your project, you can stop the video and replay it.

Intro Video: Project Overview
Video #1:  Eight Line Types (6:25)
Video #2: Plant Symbols and Color (13:12)
Video #3: Designing for Function and Activities (10:14)
Video #4: Designing with Geometry (6:15)
Video #5: Rectilinear Design Example (13:41)
Video #6: Arc Tangent Design Example (1:55)

Video #7: Adding Color: Patio, Pool, and Lawn (10:05)
Video #8: Adding Plants to Landscape Design (13:43)

Ribbons will be placed on top ten - 5 in each class.

Competition Guidelines

  • Use white 11" x 17" paper to horizontal exhibit landscape drawings.
  • Create a column on right side of sheet for title block, 2 inches wide from top of drawing to bottom. List the following in INK: Scale, symbols of plants, numbers representing trees, shrubs and plants, and how many of each plant were used in the landscape. Example: 1-Rose (6), 2 - Oak trees (4); 3 - Petunia (3 dozen or 36). List name, date and club on the back for competition.
  • Drawing is top view (plan view).
  • Use the scale provided: 1 in. = 10 ft.
  • Hand drawings will be accepted.
  • Draw plant symbols at mature plant size.
  • Use the plant symbols and the materials symbols provided.
  • Drawings must be full color.
  • Walkways should be 3 foot OR 5 foot wide.
  • Patio(s) are required on the back of the house.
  • In the drawings use a line to indicate the planting beds. All small trees, shrubs and perennials should be inside a planting bed. Large trees could be found in the lawn or inside planting beds.
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