An Introduction to Garden Design with John Brookes MBE

Onlne Garden Design Course with John Brookes

garden design course

  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start dates: 6th June 2015 & 4th July 2015

  • Course price: £145 (Approx. US$232)

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:

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Course Content

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

Online Course Benefits

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from, and access to, some of the best tutors in the world.
  • Weekly video tutorials, allowing you to revisit lectures again and again.
  • Weekly assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available to download from your classroom)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!


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

Other requirements:

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 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


Garden Design Course

How to become a Garden Designer? Need Garden Ideas? If you're looking to design your own garden, this is the best online garden design course you'll find - simply because of being able to get personal access to John Brookes, being one of the most acclaimed garden designers in the world.  He will cover what to plant in your garden, how to design your garden, and take you through the first stepst to becoming a garden designer.  Garden Design courses vary enormously, and this is one of the best distance learning garden design courses, simply because you benefit from a classroom experience as well.  The end result will be a beautiful unique garden, with planting that flowers, and has seasonal interest.  Horticture courses can sometimes be too plant focused, but this covers both the landscape design and the planting design to help you work towards your dream designer garden. About John Brookes John Brookes MBE is one of the most respected garden designers of this century.  This is a chance to get his advice first hand.  He has designed gardens for the rich and famous, has numerous gold medals from The Chelsea Flower Show, and has written dozens of gardening books which have sold millions of copies worldwide.