Start planting design for your garden

Course Dates: 26/04/22 - 10/05/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: VF485

Tue, eve, 26 Apr - 10 May '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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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.


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.

Patrick Featherstone

Patrick completed his studies in horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor in 2012. He runs a studio in South London and frequently collaborates with other designers. Patrick has been a lecturer in Garden Design at City Lit since 2016.

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.