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Garden Design for Beginners

Garden design for beginners
  • Level(s) of study: Professional / Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: 1 October 2020
  • Course duration: Ten weeks

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.

We’ll introduce you to the principles of garden design which will help you develop a range of technical skills that can be applied to a garden space. We’ll also show you how 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.

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What you'll study

On this course you will learn about:

  • an understanding of design principles
  • basic site surveying techniques
  • 2D plan drafting and graphics
  • development of garden concepts
  • introduction to hard landscaping materials

How you’re taught

Sessions will feature a blend of theoretical study and practical exercises.

Contact hours

20 hours of classroom time

What you'll gain

You will undertake a series of practical exercises, including surveying and technical drawing and by the end of the course you will have prepared your own garden design scheme.

If you attend more than 80% of the course you will be given a certificate of attendance.

Tutor profile

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 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 in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at our Brackenhurst Campus. She is also a course tutor at the British Academy of Garden Design.

Assessment methods

There is no assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be provided for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.

Entry requirements

No experience necessary as this course is for beginners.

How to apply

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

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Fees and funding

£349 (10% discount if you're a student or returning customer)

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