Try it out: garden design

Course Dates: 24/09/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Try it out: garden design
  • Course Code: VF342
  • Dates: 24/09/24 - 24/09/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Alison Worster

Course Code: VF342

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Tue, eve, 24 Sep - 24 Sep '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This short taster course will introduce you to the process of garden design and show you how to analyse an outside space. You will learn how to create a functional bubble plan to organise an area in an effective and attractive layout.

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?

- How to create a site analysis
- The importance of a function plan, and how to draw a bubble layout.
- Progression courses from this taster course.

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

- Understand of what to look for when assessing a site
- Draw a simple layout on a plan provided
- Identify which course at City lit would be suitable for further study.

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

This is a taster course suitable for complete beginners.

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

You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, group and individual assistance, online hand-outs and assignments. You will receive an email before your session starts with details of the live session link.
Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform as a key component of the course. All notes, resources and assignments are stored in the Google Classroom, and interaction with fellow students via the class stream and peer feedback is actively encouraged. You will be sent an email with the necessary information and will need to login into your Google classroom before the course starts, please sign in before the class begins so we can get straight on with the lessons!

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

Equipment and materials will be provided for use in the class. For working at home you may wish to buy yourself 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. You will be provided with printable graph paper and scale rule as part of the handouts.
We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.

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.