Design your own garden in 2 weeks
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
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.
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What is the course about?
This course will cover the basic principles of garden design, demonstrating the main stages of the process and how to create a considered garden layout. Learn imaginative and practical solutions to improve your garden such as creating privacy and selecting suitable plants and hard landscaping materials. Discover how to get the most from your garden and translate your ideas onto paper to produce simple scaled plans.
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 successful garden design
- How to survey, measure and analyse your garden to draw function and scale plans
- How to research for inspiration and create a mood board for your style
- Recognise and select suitable hard landscaping materials for your site
- How to use and combine plants and draw simple planting plans
- Creative solutions to garden challenges; privacy, noise, shade etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise the garden design principles and use them in your layout
- Draw your garden plan to scale 1:50 with site analysis annotations
- Create a mood board as your style guide for hard landscaping and planting
- Create a suitable plant list for your garden and draw a basic planting elevation and plan
- Apply design techniques to improve difficult areas in your garden.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners and is for anyone interested in designing their own garden or as an introduction to further garden design study.
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.