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Garden Design for Beginners short course launched at Brackenhurst Campus

A new short course in garden design will start at Brackenhurst Campus in September, aimed at amateur gardeners, and those with a general interest in garden design.

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Hafsah Hafeji with her border garden

It is also ideal for those considering a career change and wanting to see if garden design is the right pathway.

The 10 week evening course will introduce the foundation principles of garden design, allowing students to develop a range of technical skills that can be applied to any garden space.

It aims to give participants the opportunity to develop technical skills needed to draw garden design plans accurately by hand, explore the processes of choosing hard landscaping materials, and briefly cover how to develop a planting scheme. The course will be taught by Yvette Smith, who is an experienced award winning garden designer. During the flower show season, Yvette also works with TV gardener David Domoney as Head of Planting for his gardens and exhibits.

Michelle Collard, Business Development Manager for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences said: “This new short course offers members of the public a fantastic opportunity to access some of our academic expertise at non-degree level, in a friendly and relaxed environment.

“No prior knowledge is required, and by the end of the course participants will have produced their own garden design scheme.”

Starting on 26 September 2019, the course will run for 10 weeks on Thursdays between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. For more information or to book your place on the course, visit our or email