Start planting design for your roof terrace

Course Dates: 02/05/20 - 09/05/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Alison Worster

Design your garden in the sky and make the most of your roof-tops, balconies and containers. Learn how to plan, layout and plant with designer solutions for even the most urban of spaces.


What is the course about?

Learn how to use the basic principals of garden design to create a simple plan for your elevated outside space. Recognise how to select suitable materials and plants for containers and roof spaces in challenging conditions, and apply your knowledge to your own designed plan.

** Please bring a printed selection of design ideas from magazines or the internet to your first class.

What previous students liked about the course:
“Relaxed atmosphere and sharing of ideas amongst the group. The tutor 9Alison) did a great job of making sure everyone got individual advice, as well as taking us all through slide shows to illustrate ideas.”
“Excellent slide shows – great handouts, tutor - friendly and thoughtful and good teacher.”
“How to survey an area – analysis – drawing up the plan.”
“Very useful, got lots of good ideas. Feel more confident with designing my garden.”
“Focused and structures, well explained. For a very large subject, Alison covered the fundamentals well and answered all questions thoroughly and in a constructive manner.”
“Learning the4 technical skills and design concepts in an easy-to-understand way, which I could apply to my own garden. Very practical.”


What will we cover?

- How to use the principles and styles of garden design in small spaces
- How to analysis the site and draw a simple scale plan
- How to research inspiration and create a mood board
- How to select paving materials for roof-tops
- How to choose appropriate plants for container planting
- Finding creative solutions for difficult environments.

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

- Draw a simple plan to scale 1:50 with analysis annotations
- Create a mood board of your style for hard landscaping and planting
- Create a list of different materials and plants for your design
- Draw a basic planting combination of suitable plants
- Apply design techniques to create privacy or extend the view.

What students have achieved on their course:
“More awareness of planting scheme – colour variations. How to begin drawing and planting.” PH
“Feel more confident now. There is light at the end of the tunnel.” CJ
“Have garden plan to take home and work on so achieved my aim.” JL
“Better knowledge of which plants will work in my space and ideas for making the space more interesting.” MR
“I feel confident to go on and design my own garden. I have learned about a wide range of topics related to garden design and now know where to go to do further research. I have enjoyed the course.”


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

This course is suitable for beginners. If you have an existing garden design you will learn how to improve key aspects of your design including your layout and planting

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?

The course will be a combination of practical workshops, lectures, informal group discussions and demonstrations taught in the classroom.

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

Basic drawing equipment including scale rulers will be provided. In addition students should bring an A4 pad of layout paper, scrapbook, pencil, eraser, and a couple of fine point black fibre tip pens. Please also bring a printed selection of ideas from magazines or the internet to your first class.

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 garden design skills further 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: VF504

Sat, day, 02 May - 09 May '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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