Inchbald Online Design Your Own GardenGarden design courses
Aims of the programme:
This 12-week flexible learning course takes you through the step by step process of designing a garden, introducing you to the skills and creativity of garden design.
It is a practical course that helps you to begin developing the skills and understanding you need to design your own garden, or a garden of your choice, successfully. It will give you a real insight into the work of a garden designer and give you the confidence and knowledge to pursue further study, if you wish to do so, or to use what you’ve learned in your working life.
The course is designed for people who have an enthusiasm for gardens and garden design and who may be interested in a career in garden design.
- General Course InformationValidation
3 September 2018, 7 January 2019 and 29 April 2019 2019Days
OnlineStudent / Tutor Ratio
Andrew DuffCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
Design your own Garden is a flexible learning online course, which you’ll study from your own home, fitting your course work around other commitments.
It starts from the basics, so you don’t need any background or experience in design, or any formal qualifications. However, you do need to be able to speak and write English. As the course is online, you must also be a confident computer user – able to create illustrated and written documents, add attachments to email messages and contribute to online discussions, for example.
By completing the course you will produce
- a survey of your garden
- a brief
- a concept board
- a plan of your design
- a mood board
- a planting plan and plant list
- Course Content
Session 1 In the beginning
We look at the concept of a garden and the reason why you might want to design a garden, what you hope to achieve and what’s involved in this process. You’ll consider both the aesthetic and functional options and begin to create a list of priorities for your garden, which you can discuss with your tutor.
You’ll take photographs of the garden in its present state, and send them to your tutor for discussion and reference. You’ll also start collecting images of gardens, plants, paving, garden structures and so on that appeal to you and you think appropriate for your garden. You’ll use these later to create a defining group of images that will inspire your new design
Session 2 The best-kept secret – design principles
This session unlocks the secrets of the designer’s fundamental approach to any project, from a complex building to a humble utensil. Form and function is the designers’ mantra, but, besides this, they also base their work on a set of underlying design principles: unity, proportion, rhythm, focal points and simplicity.
Session 3 Down to the nitty gritty – hard landscaping
One of the most expensive components of any garden build is the hard landscaping – the built areas at ground level such as paved terraces, pathways and steps. Form and function both have a big role to play and you’ll need to balance practicalities and aesthetics. In this session you identify the site and size of the terrace for your garden and look at how to put pathways and steps in your garden. You also investigate suitable hard landscaping suppliers and collect images of materials that you feel will be suitable for your garden.
Session 4 From follies to fountains – structures and water in the garden
In this session you look at the vertical dimension of the garden provided by structures, such as the garden shed, pergolas, pavilions, fences, walls and trellises, and the use of water as a dynamic element that can add sound and movement as well as calm reflections. You also create a concept board and finalise your list of priorities for your own garden.
Session 5 Getting it on paper
This session involves examining your current garden space and making a garden survey. You will make a simple sketchplan, measure your garden and its relationship to the house and transfer your findings onto a grid in order to make a plan drawing.
Session 6 Developing your design
You start to develop your design and to realise on paper all the inspirational ideas on your concept board. For most of the session you’ll be sketching, but we also look at techniques and tools can be very useful when developing your design: mass and void; using a grid and using geometry
Session 7 Leafy structure – trees and hedges
Trees and hedges are the only plants that are generally specified on your garden plan. They provide a strong structural component. But your choices need careful consideration. You will consider and choose trees to suit your garden and add these to your plan drawing.
Session 8 Colour and plants
Nature has created flowers with a huge range of colours specifically to attract or repel animals, insects and birds, but humans also respond to colour and especially the colours of plants. The fact that colour has a strong emotional effect on us and creates definite atmospheres is an important tool for all designers, and in this session we look at how to manipulate colour in the garden. This inevitably involves the use of plants and so you begin to familiarise yourself with a range of plants. You also start to absorb their Latin names, which is helpful as plant nurseries generally use the Latin names.
Session 9 Form and texture in plants
There are so many plants to choose from, so how do you decide which ones and where to put them? You start to build a good understanding of planting design ideas so you’ll know what you’re looking for and can find the right plant you need. Starting with the different categories of plants, we look at form and texture, and you start to develop plant choices for your garden.
Session 10 Dynamic planting design
In this session you will draw up a simple planting plan and plant list, which includes quantities. You’ll look at planting to create year-round interest, and consider ground cover planting.
Session 11 Right plant – right place
We look at the conditions of your site, including soil, aspect and climate, and consider the importance of choosing plants to suit the conditions in your garden.
Session 12 Planting for wildlife and sustainability
You can create a garden that encourages and support insects, birds and animals by choosing plants that create habitats and provide shelter, provide food and reduce the threats from predators. We look at using plants that are known to flourish locally, and how to source and plant in a way that is sustainable.
- Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry entry requirements for this online garden design course, although it is important that you are confident in reading and writing English.
As it is an online course you will be communicating with your tutor and fellow students online. You will need basic computer skills, the ability to contribute to online discussions, create illustrated documents, add attachments and so on. Although we offer support on using the course website and contributing to forums, if you feel you lack these skills we recommend you develop them before the course start date.
- Tuition Fees
£1,260 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
You’ll be assigned a tutor, who will take an active interest in your progress and development. As well as putting activity work online for your tutor’s comments and advice, you’ll be able to use the online discussion forums to ask about particular problems you may have with your garden.Faculty
Garden DesignWork Experience
Not applicable to this course
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