Design your own garden in two weeks
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VF506
Duration: 5 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will cover the basic principles of garden design, demonstrating the main stages of the process and how to create a considered garden layout. Learn imaginative and practical solutions to improve your garden such as creating privacy and selecting suitable plants and hard landscaping materials. Discover how to get the most from your garden and translate your ideas onto paper to produce simple scaled plans.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The principles and styles of successful garden design
- How to survey, measure and analyse your garden to draw function and scale plans
- How to research for inspiration and create a mood board for your style
- Recognise and select suitable hard landscaping materials for your site
- How to use and combine plants and draw simple planting plans
- Creative solutions to garden challenges; privacy, noise, shade etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise the garden design principles and use them in your layout
- Draw your garden plan to scale 1:50 with site analysis annotations
- Create a mood board as your style guide for hard landscaping and planting
- Create a suitable plant list for your garden and draw a basic planting elevation and plan
- Apply design techniques to improve difficult areas in your garden.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners and is for anyone interested in designing their own garden or as an introduction to further garden design study.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will be delivered online, and will involve practical workshops, tutor presentation, informal class discussion and handouts. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks, notes and resources. You will be sent an email with the necessary information and will need to login into your Google classroom before each sessions starts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need several sheets of graph paper, A4, a pad of tracing paper or greaseproof paper, masking tape, a notebook, pencil, eraser and a long tape measure. A scale rule is also required although a printable one, and printable graph paper will be provided.
You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses in Garden Design, Botanical Drawing, Interior Design and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your creative and professional skills.
Alison Worster has a BA Hons degree in graphic arts and Diploma in Garden Design. Alison’s first career was in commercial design and illustration, with many diverse clients ranging from Natural History Museum, National Trust to Paperchase, John Lewis, and exhibitions of her own artworks. After managing a design studio Alison’s love of drawing nature and plants, and the importance of her own garden, led her to retrain in garden design, allowing her to combine her experience of colour, texture and layout with living plants and outside spaces. Within months of graduating Alison gained a gold medal for the Ideal Home Show ‘Reclaiming London’ garden and won an RHS competition to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show ‘Fresh Talent’. Alison now runs her own garden design business, and specialises in making the most of typical, small London spaces. Alison teaches both drawing and garden design and her main aim is to enthuse, demystify and inspire her students in either of her subjects.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.