So I had to learn Japanese quickly and therefore involved myself in the old fashioned way of language mastery - immersion.
Too many times I have had people tell me they want to be a landscape designer but approach it in a rather haphazard manner...the direction in their life seems to be skewed or at least indistinct.
Once you decide upon a course in life, the only way to master it is to immerse yourself, yes? So subscribe to those trade magazines and then read them! Get every plant catalog that you fancy and then learn the plants described within ....attend classes, talks, conferences....work as an intern...take a job that you see as beneath you (it isn't!) and learn eveything you can... and then teach what you know to others because there is no better way to master something than to teach it .....
Bottom two landscapes by Johnsen Landscapes & Pools