Garden design: plan for Spring

Course Dates: 02/11/21 - 07/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Plan ahead and use the dark Winter months to focus on getting your garden spring ready. Discover how to reconsider the layout and planting opportunities of your outside space and create personalised garden plans ahead of the peak Spring buying and planting season.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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Course Code: VF101

Full Tue, eve, 02 Nov - 07 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn how to make the most of your space with considered layout and plant selections, and discover the creative techniques used by garden designers. Recognise how to research and select suitable plants for your environment and design scaled plans for your own garden.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Garden design styles and theories
• Understand your site with measuring and analysis
• Drawing layout, planting plans and elevations to scale
• Plant roles, combinations and colour palettes
• Suitable plant selection and buying tips for your garden
• Research and inspiration for a mood board
• How to integrate the hard and soft landscaping.

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

• Draw your annotated garden layout to scale @1:50
• Recognise the different functions of plants and how to use them on a plan
• Have created a list of chosen plants according to your style and site conditions
• Create a mood board as your style guide
• Draw a basic elevation and planting plan to scale 1:20.

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

This is a beginners’ course for anyone with an interest in garden design or looking to improve his or her own garden and no previous experience is necessary.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, use numbers and 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 and handouts. Informal class discussion and group sharing is strongly encouraged. Homework outside class will be set every week, but there are no set deadlines as this course is for you to learn how to progress in your own time.
To fully participate in this online class you will need:
• An email address
• A reliable internet connection
• A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser [preferably Google Chrome]. Your device will need a microphone and a camera.
• A printer
• You will be taught using Zoom and Google Classroom
• You will need to log into Google Classroom before the course starts to access the first classes handouts.

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

You will need several sheets of A4 or A3 graph paper, a pad of tracing paper or greaseproof paper, a notebook, pencil, eraser, ruler and a long tape measure. A circle template is useful but not essential. A scale rule is also required although a printable one, and printable graph paper will be provided in the Google Classroom.

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.