Introduction to designing your own garden
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VF345
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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, functional designs. Learn how to select materials and plants suitable for your needs and environment to get the most from your garden. Add interest and drama to create a well planned, considered layout and translate your ideas onto paper with a simple scaled plan.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The principles and styles of garden design
- How to measure and analysis your space to draw your plan to scale
- How to research for inspiration and create a mood board for your style
- How to combine hard landscaping with planting for your garden
- How to successfully integrate the house and garden with design techniques to maximise your space.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Draw your garden plan to scale 1:50
- Create a mood board as your style guide for hard landscaping and planting
- Recognise the rules that help make a successful garden design
- Suggest methods of creating privacy and reducing noise for your design
- Create a simple planting combination for your garden.
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 and looking to improve their own garden.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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.
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, informal class discussion and handouts. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
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 preferably a camera.
- A printer
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor and Google Classroom
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have all the handouts in the 'Classwork' section of Google Classroom printed out before the class begins - you will be send the Google Classroom joining information 3 day before the class starts.
You will need 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. A scale rule is also required although a printable one, and printable graph paper will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses in Garden Design, Botanical Drawing, Interior Design and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your creative and professional skills.
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.