Garden design: year round colour

Course Dates: 03/10/21 - 10/10/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Discover how to extend the season of interest in your garden, with successional planting. Learn about winter interest, planting schedules, colour schemes and general tips for selecting and grouping plants.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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Course Code: VF455

Finished Sun, day, 03 Oct - 10 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This garden design course focuses on planting design and specifically around timings and seasonality. You will be shown methods of choosing arranging plants that collectively can provide year-round interest though their flowers, bark or foliage. You will also be given planting combination ideas as well as guidelines for planting in certain conditions.

What will we cover?

Topics will include choosing the right plants for your space, winter interest, early bulbs, summer bulbs, late perennials and trees and shrubs with useful textures and flowering times. You will be given guidelines on conditioning soil, planting for impact, working in considered colour palettes and scheduling flowering times.

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

- make bolder choices for whole schemes
- understand plant responsibility
- use basic skills for drawing scaled planting plans
- interpret a range of given resources
- use basic skills to research new plants for your garden
- calculate the ideal quantities of new plants for your garden.

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

This is a course for beginners but would also be useful for those who have studied an introduction to garden design. Any prior experience with plants or plant knowledge is helpful but certainly not a requirement. You will be drawing in workshops and discussing ideas with the tutor as well as working on in-class assignments and homework.

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

There will be an assignment to complete between the two lessons.
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.

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

Stationary will be provided. A circle guide is a very helpful stationary tool for planting plans and you can either bring one or purchase one from the tutor for £4.

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

City Lit offer a range of Garden Design courses at every level 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.

Patrick Featherstone

Patrick completed his studies in horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor in 2012. He runs a studio in South London and frequently collaborates with other designers. Patrick has been a lecturer in Garden Design at City Lit since 2016.

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.