This online garden design course is suitable for amateurs and professionals alike. In it, I give you my personal insight on how to design a garden with design rules applying to any country in the world and any size of garden (you’ll get personal tuition from me in the MyGardenSchool virtual classroom). With over 50 years garden design and teaching experience and over 30 books published in as many different languages, I draw on my extensive knowledge to combine clever and stylish design options with detailed information and practical advice.
Please join me on this unique online garden design course so I can share with you, my design philosophy, never before explained or revealed in such detail.
Learning outcome: Having completed the course you will understand how to measure, plot and plan a new garden with insights and design secrets never before explained by one of the leading designers in the world.
Please see below a taster video for these garden design classes:
This course qualifies you for two approved continuing education credits (CEUs) with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
What's in the course?
Weekly video tutorials that you can access whenever you want
Optional critiqued assignments so you can practice as you learn
Personal feedback from your tutor
Membership of MyClassroom – our virtual classrooms where you can meet your fellow students
Course completion certificate
Badge for your own website or blog
Week 1: Garden Style and Surveying your Site. Understanding the proportions of your garden, making a site assessment, how to do a simple survey
Week 2: Design Secrets only the Pros Know. There is no way around this; I am going to have to talk ‘design’ for a moment. And why not? we all crave the designer kitchen, the designer bedroom en suite if I am to believe my tele – so why not the designer garden? I'll teach you the approach used by the professionals to achieve your designer garden
Week 3: Line Pattern & Shape. This lecture covers, A bit of design theory, Direction of Flow, The formal layout, An anticlockwise design, A clockwise design, Starting to evolve your own pattern, Using circles, The Garden Plan
Week 4: Turning Dreams into Reality. Implementing the rule of thirds, the design as you move away from the house, and finally the planting
This courses suits amateurs and professionals alike. A one off opportunity to meet the legend himself.
Booking a Place
MyGardenSchool Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month. You can book your course up to two months in advance:
We advise that to get the best out of this course, you prepare and obtain access to the following equipment and materials.
A scanner or local printer where you can have your drawings digitally scanned
You may require a site survey to be carried out by a professional land survey or qualified landscape contractor/designer if you are unable to survey your own plot (you will be helped through this during the course)
Having a reasonably acurate scale drawing of your house and boundary is important in order to complete this course
Thick black marker pen (Water Based)
Graphite sticks 4B
Pencils HB 2B
Large compass with extension bar and ink pen attachment Approx. 20cm diameter without extension (don't forget extension bar and ink pen attachment)
Large adjustable set square
This is a triangle of clear plastic used for vertical and diagonal line drawing when rested on the edge of the drawing board Sizes vary enormously - do not buy the smallest size or you will have trouble drawing long vertical lines. The length of the longest side should be around 250-3OOmm (10-12"). When you do your final drawing in ink, make sure you buy your set squares with angled edges that eliminate smudging.
A scale rule (or scale either metric or imerial depending on country of origin) is a narrow strip of plastic the length of a normal ruler and either flat ortriangular in shape. It has varying numbers of divisions along each edge on both sides. The divisions are in proportions to actual distances anddimensions and are used for making plans drawn to scale. The scales you will most often use are 1:20,1:50,1:100,1:200 but you will probably find thatmost scale rules go up to at least 1:12
25m role of 60g tracing paper
Circular template (HELIX H67)
Role of Masking tape
Optional extra - Drawing board - A1 with parallel motion.
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