How to Build a Pond: A Construction Course

How to Build Formal Ponds and Natural Lakes

How to Build a Pond

  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start dates: 1st August 2015 & 2nd September 2015

  • Course price: £120 (Approx. US$192)

An advanced course for those who are those interested in creating a natural pond or lake.  It’s open to anyone interested in designing and building a pond, but is especially appropriate for practising landscape designers, garden designers or are involved in landscape architecture.  This online gardening course on pond building is for you if you are interested in all the ‘how to build a pond’ technical aspects of the process. You’ll learn about not only the design, but how to build and the mechanical essentials for oxygenating, water features and more.  If you are designing and implementing water features on a regular basis for clients, or you simply want to build your own pond to a professional standard – Martin Kelley is one of the UK’s experts on this fascinating subject.

Learn How to Build a Garden Pond

Over the next 4 weeks I will be describing some of the processes and techniques I use in the technical design and construction of water gardens. Lectures 1 and 2 will be concerned with formal water gardens; ponds, rills, canal, fountains weirs and water walls. In lectures 3 and 4 the emphasis will be on informal pools, lakes, waterfalls and streams.

Learning outcome: Whether a designer or contractor, this course will enable you to design and specify your own water features, from formal ponds to large natural lakes.

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Course Content


Lesson 1: Formal water gardens, ponds, rills, canals, fountains, weirs and water walls

Lesson 2: Formal water gardens, ponds, rills, canals, fountains, weirs and water walls  

Lesson 3:  Informal pools, lakes, waterfalls and streams

Lesson 4:  informal pools, lakes, waterfalls and streams 


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)

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This course is for garden designers, landscapers, and anyone who is either a keen amateur interested in building a pond, or in the profession of developing spaces where there are constructions with water

MyGardenSchool Online Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month.  You can book your course up to two months in advance:

 Your tutor will make their video lectures available to you each Saturday morning for four weeks, and will support you throughout the course. Book now to secure a place!


How to build a pond

How do you build a pond?  Well this is the online construction course for you if you're interested in building your garden pond from scratch.  It is an advanced course - so is appropriate for landscape designers, garden designers and professionals as well as keen amateur gardeners.  It covers natural ponds, lakes and all aspects from design to construction.  

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