Garden design for beginners

Course Dates: 16/02/20 - 08/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Patrick Featherstone

Explore the exciting opportunities and challenges involved in designing an urban garden. Develop your creative skills and learn to maximise the potential of even the smallest spaces through practical workshops, using planting and design techniques.


What is the course about?

Learn the creative processes used to design gardens. You will be exploring the formal elements of garden design and methods of producing a successful garden plan. You will participate in group workshops and independent projects, including drawing plans and elevations, research and mood boards, and dipping your toe into the limitless and luxuriant world of planting!

What previous students liked about the course:

“Patrick was excellent and knowledgeable. Great enthusiasm.”
“Really engaging, good pace of learning, very practical as well as with good information and materials.”
“The teacher, the content, the group – all excellent.”
“The practical assignments were useful. The teacher has extensive knowledge and I’ve learnt a lot from his tips.”
“Excellent tuition and a good level of content. Lots of ideas introduced which made me want to study further.”


What will we cover?

- The form and function of design elements
- Garden styles from formal to Arts and Craft to contemporary urban spaces
- Bubble plans of several different garden surveys
- Different methods of conveying your ideas from online mood boards to elevation drawings
- Researching plant choices and landscape materials
- Learn to use scale and aspect for more accurate plans
- Understand plant name formats and how to learn from them
- Learn to make considered choices in focal points and feature trees.

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

- Understand the formal elements of garden design and how to apply them
- Have an awareness of different garden styles and how to adopt them when designing
- Undertake visual research and compile moodboards
- Create the functional plan of a small garden to a brief, making both artistic and practical decisions
- Understand the basic principles behind plant nomenclature
- Draw elevations of your chosen plants and furniture
- Understand how to use scale and aspect for more accurate plans.

What students have achieved on their course:

“I look at plants and trees in different way. Concepts of design. Wide appreciation of plants.” EP
“learned about basic elements of design. Mastered the dread of the blank page. Familiarised myself with a few essential plants and trees. Had fun!” NC
“ A total awareness of what it takes to understand the subject – lots to learn!” MP
“I learnt how to structure myy thought process through designing a garden and how to think through planting plans.”JK


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

This is a beginners’ course and no previous experience is necessary. This course is for anyone with an interest in garden design.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, handouts and for 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.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your
English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers.

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

Please bring a sketchbook to record visual ideas and/or notebook to take notes. All other materials will be provided.

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

Develop your skills with VF485 Start plants and planting design for your garden.
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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Wonderful course from an inspirational teacher - if you have an interest in enhancing your garden or someone else's then consider doing this. I now see gardens and planting very differently and with renewed passion - I can't wait til Spring!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
An excellent way to start to envisage changes in your garden. As well as inspiration it provides lots of useful information on soil, plants, materials and even regulations.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
This was a really useful course and I gained practical skills in planning and drawing for different shapes and sizes of garden. The tutor was knowledgeable and generous with it. He taught in a variety of ways which suited a group of varied levels.
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Review by Fiona / (Posted on 21/02/2017)
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Course Code: VF428

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Sun, day, 16 Feb - 08 Mar '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £279.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £170.00

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