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Know Your Garden Landscaping Materials

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
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  • Start Date(s): 28 January 2021
  • Duration: Two weeks, online via Microsoft Teams
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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If you’re an amateur gardener with a general interest in garden design, or you’re looking to learn new skills to use in your own garden, or simply a career change, then this is the course for you.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as part of our wider series of Garden Design short courses.

This course will outline the properties, characteristics, and recommended uses of a variety of hard landscaping materials currently available for use in gardens.

Natural and man-made paving products, block paving, decking, gravel, and more will be explored. Important considerations for installation will be covered for options spanning a range of garden styles and budget levels.

Sessions will be delivered using a blend of theoretical study, demonstrations and practical exercises, and you will have opportunity to ask questions about the suitability of products for your own outdoor space.

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What you’ll study

On this course you will learn about:

  • hard landscaping products available
  • product quality and suitability
  • important construction considerations.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams, over two weeks starting on Thursday 28 January 2021. Online classes will be held on Thursdays, from 7 pm – 9 pm.

These sessions are designed to be interactive but they can simply be watched live if you are not able to or do not wish to interact via video. There will be opportunities to comment and ask questions via video or the chat function if desired.

Please note that we are not able to circulate recordings of the training after the classes due to filming consents, so you must be able to attend the class times.

Online delivery

This course will be taught online only, using Microsoft Teams.

Please note that you will not need an account with Microsoft in order to access this training. You will be emailed a web link to directly enter the online course from, which can be viewed in a web browser or in the Microsoft Teams app if you already have this installed.

Step-by-step instructions on how to access the training will be provided but if you have any questions before booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What you'll gain

By the end of the course, you will have a beginners level awareness about a range of landscaping materials currently available, learning from a practising industry professional. You will be empowered to make more informed choices in materials for your own outdoor spaces.

If you attend more than 80% of the course, we will email you a Certificate of Attendance in a PDF format.

Tutor profile – Yvette Smith

Yvette is an experienced garden designer and lecturer with particular interests in wildlife gardening and design psychology.

Combining lifelong passions for garden design, horticulture and art, Yvette graduated from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Design and Management.

Prior to this she completed the Foundation Degree programme in Horticulture, Garden Design, to Distinction level. Yvette received awards for outstanding achievement in each year of study.

In 2011, trade stands designed by Yvette for Hillarys Blinds were awarded the prestigious RHS Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Presentation at both the RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park Flower Shows.

During the flower show season, Yvette currently works with TV gardener David Domoney as Head of Planting for his gardens and exhibits. Recently this has included the RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court Palace, and Southport Flower Shows.

Alongside running her own garden design business, Yvette lectures as Module Leader in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at NTU. She is also a Course Tutor with The British Academy of Garden Design.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

No experience necessary.

Fees and funding


How to apply

To book your place on this course, visit our online store.

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