Start planting design for your garden

Course Dates: 05/05/20 - 19/05/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Patrick Featherstone

Explore the principles of planting design using form, line and texture to create dynamic planting schemes. In weekly workshops, improve the breadth of your plant knowledge whilst developing the skills and techniques of garden designers.


What is the course about?

Learn the techniques and creative processes of planting design. Discover a range of useful and beautiful plants to use in different conditions and their design attributes. Develop the skills used by garden designers, such as using focal points and triangulation to plot your planting areas. You will participate in group workshops and independent projects, including drawing plans and elevations, research and mood boards, plant identifications, basic botany and ordering methods.

What will we cover?

- The function of design elements, such as planting with form and texture
- Planting styles from Prairie to Formal to Country Cottage
- An overview of plant names and classification
- Different methods of conveying your ideas from online mood boards to elevation drawings
- Researching plant choices and different planting conditions
- Learn to use scale and aspect for more successful schemes
- Learn to make considered choices in focal points and feature trees
- Learn about different pot sizes and planting distances.

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

- Understand form and function of design elements
- Have an awareness of different planting styles and their effects
- Undertake visual research and compile mood boards
- Create the functional planting 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
- Be familiar with using scale and aspect for more accurate plans
- Make appropriate planting choices for different planting conditions
- Have a basic understanding of scale and aspect to help plan your schemes
- Understand the the processes involved in choosing a tree
- Be aware of different pot sizes and compost types.

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

This is a beginners’ course.

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. A circle guide and scale rule of your own would be highly recommended. These are available in graphics shops, descent art suppliers or online. All other materials will be provided.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Develop your skills with VF506 Design your own garden: intensive.
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.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VF485

Tue, eve, 05 May - 19 May '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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