Dates: 5 March 2018 – 4 June 2018
Length: 10 weeks
Course Director: Andrew Duff MA PGCE MSGD
Location: 32 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PB
Course Administrator: Sharon Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 020 7630 9011
Fee: £1,870 inc VAT.
Master Class in Garden Design – course objectives
What better way to learn the principles of garden design than seeing them in practice.
The 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.
Master Class in Garden Design – course contents
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.
Master Class in Garden Design – course entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements.
Please note that students are expected to arrange their own travel to and from the gardens visited and supply their own lunch.
Entry fees to gardens are include in the course cost.