Landscape design

Subject guide

This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your College Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links



Australian garden history society

Leader in conservation of significant cultural landscapes and historic gardens through committed, relevant and sustainable action.

Australian institute of landscape architects

Professional information, links etc.

Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

Professional advice to help you design and build a garden. Students can also enter the National student design competition.

Cement concrete & aggregates Australia

Guidance on the use of concrete.

Concrete masonry association of Australia

Dry stone advisory council of Australia

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Australian stone at home and overseas.


Links & portals

Australian national botanic gardens

This website has a comprehensive display of living Australian plants.

Gardening Australia

ABC TV site. Use "landscaping" in the search box.

Green Roofs Australasia

Australasian provider for education, advocacy, research on green roof / green wall systems and other forms of living green infrastructure into the urban fabric.

Japanese gardens

Landscaping and turf management

Information regarding: the basics of landscaping, insects, pests, pesticides, plant diseases.


The landscape design site



Landscaping ideas and materials

Nurseries online products

Outdoor design source

Essential outdoor directory/design source.

Architecture, planning, landscape information gateway.


Landscape designers

American landscape architect in the modernist style.

Birth of landscape design in Australia.

American landscape architect in the modernist style.

One of the most influential garden designers in Australia during the early twentieth century. The classic garden Everglades and Paul Sorensen's nursery garden are primary examples.

The Braes heritage

The Braes is appropriately named as the original Sorensen garden.

Naturalistic designer and writer.

Traditional Japanese landscape designer and Zen master.

Government information

Australian government - Fair work online

Workplace awards information

Gardening and landscaping services award 2010

Heritage branch, Department of Planning, NSW

Heritage council of New South Wales
The Heritage Council makes decisions about the care and protection of heritage places and items that have been identified as being significant to the people of NSW.

Office of environment & heritage (NSW)

Information designed to help landscapers understand the environmental issues
associated with their industry.

WorkCover authority of NSW

Provides WH&S guidelines


Legislation and Australian Standards Online

This subscription service gives TAFE NSW students access to over 6,500 full-text Australian standards. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Australian Standards Online

Standard Number e.g.

AS 4419-2003 :  Soils for landscaping and garden use
HB 294:2006 :    National post-border weed risk management protocol

DR AS 2303 :      Tree stock for landscape use (Draft 2013)

Work health and safety act 2011 (NSW)


Related subject guides


Environmental studies


eJournals, eBooks & online videos




Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Art & Architecture Complete

Gale databases

Click on Gale databases or of one of the eJournals. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Gale databases


ProQuest databases

Click on Gale databases or of one of the eJournals. Log in using your DEC username and password.

ProQuest Central



Oxford Reference Online

Log in to Oxford Reference Online using your DEC username and password.


Training toolbox

Amenity Horticulture  (Jirrahlee Botanic Garden)

Log in with your DEC username and password to access these training packages which contain tutorials, quizzes and resources for your course. CD-ROMs of the packages may be available at your TAFE library.



CSIRO eBooks

Log in to CSIRO eBooks using your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of your username. Once you have logged into the database, click on Browse catalogue to get the list of available eBooks, e.g.

  • Australian planting design (2012)
  • Gardens for all seasons (2012)
  • Landscape Logic: Integrating Science for Landscape Management (2012)
  • Water use efficiency for irrigated turf and landscape (2013)

eBooks in EBSCOhost

Click the link to eBooks on EBSCOhost or one of the examples and log in using your DEC username and password.

LNA guide

Guideline schedule of rates for landscape works, 15th ed. (LNA booklet)

Provided by the Landscape Association NSW & ACT

Only for students studying Landscape Construction Cert 3 19960 and Landscape Design Dip 10385 at Ryde Campus. Login with your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username.


Online videos

Broadcast TV

Log in using your DEC username and password.


Login to vLearn via Equella or the listed videos using your DEC username and password.


These and other TAFE NSW videos are available on YouTube.


   Databases covering landscape design subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and instructions go to the eResources Portal.



Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Includes statistics and some analysis of information from the National Census and other sources. Allows for the creation of local area profiles.

Freely available

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.The database is updated daily.

DEC username and password required.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered, including business and retail.

DEC username and password required.

This subscription service provides NSI students and staff with access to over 6,500 full-text Australian Standards (conditions apply).

Please note: Downloaded standards expire after 5 days. This service is provided strictly for course-related research and private study by current NSI students and staff and that, by use of the service, users agree to adhere to the SAI Global Terms and Conditions for usage.

DEC username and password required.

Important: Log off as soon as you're finished.



Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete (BSC) is a business research database, providing full text a large number of journals. Coverage is provided in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

DEC username and password required.

This collection provides almost 100 eBooks covering a range of topics including agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, plant & animal sciences and environmental management & sustainability.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. The database contains full text for more than 680 journals and 120 monographs.

DEC username and password required.

The Facts on File is a set of online reference databases. The Science Online database contains articles, definitions, illustrations and videos relating to a broad range of scientific disciplines e.g. environmental science, earth science, marine science, weather and climate.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the 'General Reference Centre Gold'.

DEC username and password required.

GreenFILE by EBSCO Publishing gives access to scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports on environmental topics. The database contains full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.

Freely available


Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.

A collection of key Oxford reference publications bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias, subject reference, quotations, maps & illustrations and 20th century timelines.

DEC username and password required.

PlantFile Online

PlantFile Online is a database of commonly used ornamental and native plants including their cultivars. It covers over 8,000 plants with detailed information on over 3,000 species each with up to 5 photographs and is upgraded regularly. Images of related insects and diseases are also included.

DEC username and password required.

ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.

DEC username and password required.

vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


   Library catalogue

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific college libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some landscape design subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Burle Marx, Roberto 1909-

Landscape architecture -- Designs and plans


Ecological landscape design

Landscape design -- Australia


Gardening -- Australia -- History

Landscape plans


Gardens -- Irrigation

Native plant gardening -- Australia


Landscape architects -- Biography

Planting design


Landscape architectural drawing

Van Sweden, James, 1935-


Landscape architecture -- Australia

Vertical gardening


Revised by CS: 24.04.2014

Last updated:  24.04.2014