Garden Design Courses

Course Listings

Cottage Garden Design

Create Cottage Gardens

Learn to design a cottage garden, applying broad concepts and principles loosely or rigidly to create a landscape sympathetic to a period in history and/or style of architecture. This course involves using heritage or old world plants and features (eg. formal to semi formal; designs, arches, arbors, statues, gazebos, picket fencing, etc.

Garden History

LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR GREAT GARDENS AND GARDENERS

Study the history of gardens. Understand how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer. Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globilisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.

 

Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London

Garden Styles

Home Studies Course -Training Program to landscape the Themed Garden

Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.

Landscaping I (Introduction to Design)

A Foundation Course for budding Garden Designers and Landscape Professionals.

At the end of this 100 course you will be able to design a garden, and will have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management. Learn the principles that underpin all design. See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying affects.

Natural Garden Design

 

Landscape and Design the Natural Garden

A natural garden is one that appears to be a relatively natural occurrence: not contrived or planned by man, and not maintained with any substantial input by man. Although natural gardens may, in fact, be planned, and may require routine maintenance; it is just these things are not obvious.

Natural gardens frequently make use of the indigenous flora, or native plants of a particular area. It might make use of other plants as well. Your choice of plants for a natural garden will largely depend upon what affect you are trying to achieve. To appear informal a natural garden should have curves rather than being angular; is informal rather than formal and tends to incorporate nature rather than manipulate it.

Over ten lessons this course develops your understanding of how natural environments work and the concepts of natural garden design. Know how to produce concept and detailed innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (eg. woodland gardens, desert gardens, wild gardens, indigenous plant gardens, etc.) using indigenous plants or a mixture of indigenous and other plants) plus suitable landscape features.

 

Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens

A Course for Landscapers or Garden Designers who want to build on existing knowledge.

Develop an in depth understanding of the principles and procedures for all aspects of planning for development of a hard landscape; including: site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.

  • It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.
  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world

Playground Design

Distance Learning -Learn to Design Children's Playgrounds

This course develops a sound understanding of the design and construction of small community parks and playgrounds.  A valuable course for parks managers or designers, .the course covers playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function and safety), materials selection, community participation and park design.

Home Studies Course -Training Program to landscape the Children's Garden

Qualification -Certificate In Garden Design

Become a Garden Designer

 

An effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level for someone else. Develops both your design skills, as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (eg. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing). On completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates. There are thirty lessons taking around 600 hours to complete. Recognised through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

 

Learn How to Design a Landscape by E-Learning

  • Online Course
  • Alternatively, study by Distance education using paper based notes or a CD

Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens

Become an Expert at Garden Restoration

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens, generally of 2 hectares or less in size. This module has been developed and accredited in the UK as an elective in the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.

  • It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.
  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world