Garden design: container gardening
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
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: VF100
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn how to create a container garden to suit your style and space. From seasonal colour to more permanent planters this course will help you select the suitable plants and containers to add another dimension to your outside space.
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?
- Types of containers for your style and requirements
- Selecting suitable plants for your site
- Composition and grouping
- Containers for seasonal and year-round interest
- Soil types, feeding and care.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise suitable containers for different plants needs
- Design and plan on paper simple planting combinations
- List suitable plants for different planting conditions, sun/shade
- Recognise how to combine textures, colour and form
- Understand soil types and plant feeds.
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.
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. Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts.
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 printer
- A pad of tracing paper or greaseproof paper
- Masking tape
- Pencil and eraser
- Long tape measure. A scale rule is also required although a printable one, and printable graph paper will be provided.
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- 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.
- You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of online Garden Design courses, including VF345 Introduction to Designing your own Garden and VF506 Design your own Garden in 2 weeks.
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.