Master Class in Garden Design

Garden design courses

Aims of the programme:

What better way to learn the principles of garden design than seeing them in practice.

This course is divided into introductory lectures based at the School’s Eccleston Square faculty with visits to some of the greatest gardens in the south of England.  Students will work through a set garden design project, which they will visit during the first week.

  • General Course Information
    Validation

    Inchbald

    Length

    10 Weeks

    Dates

    5 March – 4 June 2018

    Days

    Monday

    Times

    10am to 4pm

    Study Type

    Full Time / On Campus

    Student / Tutor Ratio

    8:1

    Location

    Eccleston Square/visit

    Course Director

    Andrew Duff

    Course Administrator

    Sharon Booth

  • Subject Overview

    This course will introduce the fundamentals to garden design arming students with the skills, understanding and knowledge to design gardens.  Your tutor, Andrew Duff, will be your guide whilst visiting the gardens with the aim of demystifying the design process.

  • Course Content

    Week one – Eccleston Square, Monday 5 March 2018

    In this introductory session, we’ll 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 will consider both the aesthetic and functional options and begin to create a list of priorities for your site, which you will visit.

    Week two – Denmans Gardens, Monday 12 March 2018

    There is something about John Brookes’ garden at Denmans, which is quite unlike any other in Britain, for its display is not only to do with flower colour, but foliage form, textures and, of course, as it moves to autumn, foliage colour as well.

    Week three – Eccleston Square, Monday 19 March 2018

    You’ve started collecting images and considering design concepts for the site, but it’s also useful to look into more down-to-earth aspects. One of the most expensive components of any garden build is the hard landscaping, that is to say 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.

    Week four – Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle, Monday 16 April 2018

    Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

    Week five – Eccleston Square, Monday 23 April 2018

     

    Now that you’ve created your concept board and priority list and you know what you want in your new garden, you’ll need to get to grips with the space you will be working with so that you can realise your design ideas. This means making an accurate plan drawing of the space.

    Week six – Black and White Cottage, Monday 30 April 2018

    Broadleaved plants and mature trees support, frame and enhance a changing collection of contemporary sculpture in this stunning garden. The range of works selected by owner-curator, Hannah Peschar, is wide with styles varying from figurative to highly abstract, innovatively using contemporary metals, wire, glass, ceramics and plastics as well as the more traditional stone, wood and bronze.

    Week seven – Eccleston Square, Tuesday 8 May 2018

    Now that your design is underway you can think about the final ingredient to add to the design of your garden: trees and hedges. These are the only plants that are generally specified at the design stage. Trees and hedges provide a strong structural component so you can include them alongside other elements of ‘mass’ during the design process leading to the final plan of your garden.

    Week eight – Vann and Munstead Wood, Monday 14 May 2018

    Vann offers inspiration to expert and amateur gardeners alike. Nestled in the Surrey countryside near Godalming, this internationally renowned five-acre garden is formed by a series of ‘rooms’, which surround and complement a family home dating from the 16th century.

     

    Week nine – Eccleston Square, Monday 21 May 2018

    Choosing plants based on their visual qualities is only part of the solution to a successful garden. It’s crucial that you also understand the soil in your garden and the requirements of the plants you choose. In some cases, you may not be able to have the plants you want because they won’t thrive in your environment. An obvious example is the impossibility of growing tropical plants outdoors in a temperate climate with frosts at night.

    Week ten – Bury Court and Upton Grey, Monday 4 June 2018

    The gardens at Bury Court date from 1996 when the first garden was created on the site of the old partially walled farmyard. This garden was the show garden for the specialist perennial nursery, Green Farm Plants. The courtyard garden was created by owner John Coke, in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, a famous Dutch garden designer and a pioneer of the New Perennial movement. The front garden, designed by leading minimalist Christopher Bradley-Hole, was added later.

  • Entry Requirements

    All teaching and lectures are conducted in English, IELTS 5.5 (with no individual element below 5.0).

  • Tuition Fees

    £1,965.00 inc VAT

  • Teaching Methods

    The Masterclass in Garden Design course is taught through practical projects carried out in studio and lectures, and on alternate weeks during visits. Course places are strictly limited to ensure that you gain close working relationships with teaching staff. You will be supported in studio at a ratio of 8:1.

     

    You must demonstrate a commitment to deal with a heavy workload as the Diploma course is an intensive professional programme.

    Faculty

    Garden Design

    Work Experience

    Not applicable to this course

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