Design your own garden: intensive

Course Dates: 13/07/20 - 15/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the exciting opportunities and challenges involved in designing a small garden on this fast paced practical course. Develop your skills and creativity and learn how to maximise the potential of even the smallest spaces through practical workshops.


What is the course about?

The course will cover the fundamental principals of garden design, demonstrating the main stages of the process and how to create simple contemporary designs. Discover imaginative and practical solutions for small spaces such as creating privacy, low maintenance planting for year-round interest and suitable hard landscaping materials for your gardens. Learn how to get the most from your garden and translate your ideas onto paper with a simple scaled plan.

** Please bring a printed selection of design ideas from magazines or the internet to your first class**.

What will we cover?

- The principles of urban garden design
- Basic survey and site analysis
- Inspiration, Concept Ideas & Mood boards
- Drawing a Scale Plan
- Hard landscaping and planting for small spaces
- Creative solutions to urban challenges: Privacy, noise, light etc.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify three key principles of garden design
- Measure a simple space to scale with a long tape measure in metres
- Have created a mood board for your garden design
- Have drawn a completed design in 1:50 scale
- List different materials and plants that you will use
- Suggest two methods of reducing noise for your design.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners who feel comfortable about learning at a fast pace. If you have an existing garden design you will learn how to improve key aspects of your layout, planting etc.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of practical workshops, lectures, informal group discussions and demonstrations taught in the classroom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic drawing equipment including scale rulers will be provided. In addition students should bring an A4 pad of layout paper, scrapbook, pencil, eraser, and a couple of fine point black fibre tip pens. Please also bring a printed selection of ideas from magazines or the internet to your first class.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course is designed to give you the confidence to use the skills you will learn as a springboard to more advanced study in Garden Design. You can enhance your digital drawing skills through courses in Sketchup Pro and Vectorworks.City Lit offer a range of courses in Patio Design and Planting, Planting Design, Botanical Drawing and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your creative and professional skills.

Tutor Biographies
Alison Worster

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VF506

Mon-Wed, day, 13 Jul - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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