An Introduction To Garden Design

My Online School

£ 480 - ($ 12,954)
IVA inc.

Información importante

  • Short course
  • Beginner
  • Online
  • Duración:
    8 Weeks
  • Cuándo:
    A definir

Garden design is all about organising and shaping spaces and it covers many different elements. This eight week course aims to take you logically through the various stages of planning a garden. You will learn how to assess the site site, the soil and the surroundings and how to measure the site and draw up a site survey plan. This will help you to understand the advantages and restraints of the site. The next stage is to create a checklist of requirements and to identify the resources, time and skill that can be devoted to a new garden. This then gives rise to the design brief.

Using a given brief, you will then be taken through the design process, experimenting with different abstract patterns on paper that will inspire a variety of alternative designs for a garden. By shading some areas of the pattern you will create positive and negative spaces, or mass and void which will give the garden its character. The mass will become the planting and the voids may become the patio, lawn or water. Once you have decided on a pattern that you think will work, this can then be combined with a grid that relates to the house so ensuring that the garden will sit comfortably within the site. You can then refine this design theme, drawing it to scale, and creating a preliminary garden layout plan. You will then learn about the range of hard landscape materials and how to select ones that are appropriate for the particular site. We will consider the addition of features such as a pergola or water and where to site a garden shed. Hedges, trees and areas of planting are also indicated on the plan. At the end of the course you should have the skills that will enable you to design your own or someone else’s garden.

Información importante
¿Qué objetivos tiene esta formación?

These courses are designed to fit around your life. They’re all online so you don’t have to travel to a class. They are taught by best-selling authors so are a unique opportunity to get direct access to the very best in their field. These expert tutors will personally mark your work and answer any questions you have. You can learn whenever and wherever you want, there is no specific time that you have to be online. And you learn collaboratively with other students all studying the same course as you.


Dónde se imparte y en qué fechas

Inicio Ubicación
A definir

¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Garden Design
Design Theme
Geometric Patterns
Garden Layout Plan
Garden Design
Preliminary Garden

Programa académico

Each lesson starts with a video from your expert tutor, which you can watch whenever you like. When you’re ready, you can practice what you’ve learned with an assignment which unlocks the next lesson.

1.   1  Lesson 1  ~30 mins 2 hours

An introduction and briefing on the garden design process I'm going to take you through, to enable you to bring your ideas to fruition in both a practical and creatively rewarding way. In this lesson we are going to look at the equipment and basic drawing skills that you will need if you are going to draw your garden design on paper. Your final layout plan needs to be neat, clear nd well organised so that it can be used as a working document, either by you or a contractor.

2.   2  Lesson 2  ~30 mins 2 hours

In the first lesson I explained that garden design is all about creating geometric patterns on a grid, so in this lesson I am going to take you through the process of choosing and using a grid that relates to a particular house and site. The patterns that you have worked on so far have been developed for an isolated abstract space. Gardens however are rarely isolated – they are usually connected to a house or other building which they should relate to and be developed from.

3.   3  Lesson 3  ~30 mins 2 hours

In the last lesson we looked at creating geometric patterns on a grid and how these shapes then become the basis for the garden layout plan. In order to ensure that your finished garden design is really successful, there are a few principles or rules that you need to think about when designing any garden or outdoor space. All good design is built around these basic principles and you need to try and consider them as you develop your design.

4.   4  Lesson 4  ~30 mins 2 hours

In the last lesson we went through the stages that are involved in developing a preliminary garden layout plan when you have to make decisions about where the patio, paths, lawn, water and other structures are to be sited and how much space they will take up. To develop your plan further you now have to be more specific so for each of the elements you need to decide on the type of material that is going to be used and refine all the dimensions.

5.   5  Lesson 5  ~30 mins 2 hours

Before you can produce an accurate layout plan showing your design for a real garden, you will need to carry out a full assessment of the site and produce an accurate scale drawing of the existing site, called a site survey.

6.   6  Lesson 6  ~30 mins 2 hours

In this lesson we are going to consider how water, steps and structures such as a pergola or overhead beams can add interest and atmosphere to your garden design.

7.   7  Lesson 7  ~30 mins 2 hours

In this lesson we consider the importance of boundaries and how the design and materials that you select should fit in with both the location and the design and theme of the garden.

8.   8  Lesson 8  ~30 mins 2 hours

In this last lesson we look at the extra items such as furniture pots and sculptures that you can use to furnish and enhance the layout of the garden. You will also learn how to to finalise your garden plan so that it clearly expresses and communicates your ideas to you, your family and the contractor.


Información adicional

Take your time, or do it all at once,

it’s up to you Want to do this when the kids have gone to sleep? That’s fine. Or prefer to do it all in one weekend, that’s fine too. As soon as you’ve started your course you will have access to your first lesson. Each lesson has one video and an optional assignment. As soon as you’ve submitted your first assignment that unlocks the next video. But don’t worry if life gets in the way, and you don’t get a chance to finish your assignment, we’ll always release your next video after a week so you can still get access to the expert advice. Each video of around 30 minutes long and assignments tend to take about 1-2 hours