Garden design: balcony and roof gardens

Course Dates: 28/09/24 - 12/10/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Learn how to turn your balcony and roof into a beautiful garden sanctuary and find out how to deal with the challenges and opportunities these spaces afford.
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Garden design: balcony and roof gardens
  • Course Code: VF504
  • Dates: 28/09/24 - 12/10/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Alison Worster

Course Code: VF504

Sat, day, 28 Sep - 12 Oct '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn how to use the basic principals of garden design to create a simple plan for your elevated outside space. Recognise how to select suitable materials and plants for containers and roof spaces in challenging conditions, and apply your knowledge to your own designed plan.

What will we cover?

- How to use the principles of garden design in small spaces
- How to analysis the site and draw a simple scale plan
- How to research inspiration and create a mood board
- How to consider suitable paving materials for roof-tops
- How to choose appropriate plants for container planting
- Finding creative solutions for difficult environments.

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

- Draw a simple plan to scale with analysis annotations
- Create a mood board of your style for hard landscaping and planting
- Create a list of different materials and plants for your design
- Draw a basic planting combination of suitable plants
- Apply design techniques to create privacy or extend the view.

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

This course is suitable for beginners. If you have an existing garden design you will learn how to improve key aspects of your design including your layout and planting
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, online resources and health and safety information. 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 will involve practical workshops, tutor presentation, informal class discussion and handouts. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
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?

Equipment and materials will be provided for use in the class. For working at home you may wish to buy yourself 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. You will be provided with printable graph paper and scale rule as part of the handouts.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.

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

City Lit offer a range of Garden Design courses and your tutor will be happy to advise you about courses to suit your individual progression. We also run courses in sketch up pro, vector works, perspective drawing, scale drawing as well as traditional drawing and watercolour to help you develop and present your ideas to clients.

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.