Course length: 4 weeks
Next start dates: 2nd September 2015 & 7th October 2015
Course price: £480 (Approx. US$768)
From town to country garden (From 30 – 3000 square meters/yards in area), this course is a unique opportunity to learn to design your own garden under the watchful eye of one of the world’s most famous landscape and garden designers. On this course; you not only learn about design theory, but also get to work on your own garden under the watchful eye of John Brookes’ (MBE). You are essentially working with John, and will be able to claim that you’ve certainly had input on your garden design from one of the world’s most prestigious landscape designers!
This on-line garden design course is suitable for amateurs and professionals alike. In it, John give you his personal insight on how to design your own garden with design rules applying to any country in the world and any size of garden (you’ll get personal tuition from him in the MyGardenSchool virtual classroom). With over 50 years design and teaching experience and over 30 books published in as many different languages, John Brookes draws on his extensive knowledge to combine clever and stylish design options with detailed information and practical advice.
Please join us so he can share with you, his design philosophy, never before explained or revealed in such detail.
Learning outcome: Having completed this course you will have a garden plan of your own large garden which you have designed, with the help and assistance of one of the most famous designers of the 20 century.
Week 1: Garden Style and Surveying your Site. Understanding the proportions of your garden, making a site assessment, how to do a simple survey
To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!
You will require 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
Having a reasonably acurate scale drawing of your house and boundary is necessary in order to complete this course.
For further information on surveying (if you decide to take this on yourself) please see
Thick black marker pen (Water Based), Graphite sticks 4B, Pencils HB 2B, Pencil sharpener, 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.), Scale rule (A scale rule (or scale either metric or imperial depending on country of origin) is a narrow strip of plastic the length of a normal ruler and either flat or triangular in shape. It has varying numbers of divisions along each edge on both sides. The divisions are in proportion to actual distances and dimensions 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 that most scale rules go up to at least 1:12), 25m role of 60g tracing paper, Circular template (HELIX H67), Roll of masking tape, Optional extra - Drawing board - A1 with parallel motion.