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Introduction to Garden Design Online Course

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Learn garden design online!  Be guided by expert horticultural tutors. 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. This garden design course online will get you designing beautiful, purposeful gardens appropriate for particular styles and locations.

Why study this Garden Design course?

Design your own dream garden with the help of Careerline’s online Introduction to Garden Design course. As a beginner-level garden design course, it is designed as a broad and well-rounded introduction to planning and creating visually appealing and functional gardens and parks. Whether you hope to design your own garden to enjoy or make garden design your career, this course will set you on the path to success.

Whether you hope to upskill, become a more skilled hobbyist, or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. You will be able to use your new skills to advance in your professional life, or to design more practical and well-presented gardens for your own use. Your new skills will help you to feel prepared as you design your next dream garden.

What will you learn?

Careerline’s online Introduction to Garden Design course will teach you about basic garden design and landscaping. You will learn how to identify and select appropriate plants for the environment you are designing. In addition, you will study the history of gardening, and how different styles of garden have been used by people all over the world. This course will help you to understand hand and computer-aided draughting and design, including drawing concept plans and scale drawings.

During your studies, you will learn how to construct basic landscapes, such as paths, walls, gradients, and steps, as well as how to select appropriate surface coverings. You will develop an understanding of planning, planting, and furnishing both parks and home gardens for functionality and aesthetic. Students learn about designing features such as garden beds, trails, pathways, fountains, skate facilities, and sports courts.

Who is this online Garden Design course for?

Careerline’s online Introduction to Garden Design course is ideal for anyone with an interest in designing practical and attractive outdoor gardens. Though the course is designed for beginners, it is also suitable for intermediate landscapers who hope to broaden their skillset.

Aspiring professional gardeners, landscapers, and arborists, as well as hobby gardeners, will be able to use the skills they learn during their studies to create better gardens in the future.

This course is also ideal for anyone interested in pursuing further study in landscaping, arboriculture, garden maintenance, town planning, or horticulture.

You will learn to:

  • Create visual effects through the use of different landscape design concepts.
  • Determine pre-planning information required to prepare a landscape design.
  • Determine an appropriate garden style for a landscape, to satisfy specifications for a design project.
  • Illustrate a landscape design through a plan, using legible graphic skills.
  • Determine different hard landscape features, including earthworks, surface treatments and furniture, to incorporate in a landscape.
  • Prepare planting designs for different landscapes.
  • Design different types of landscapes, including domestic gardens and public parks

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

Basic Design Procedure A

  • Scope of Landscaping
  • Dynamic Nature of Gardens
  • Plant Naming
  • Plant Identification and Selection
  • Botanical Families; a basis for identification
  • Principles of Landscaping
  • Design Elements
  • Design Effects
  • Climate, Micro climate and Aspect
  • Collecting pre-planning information

History of Gardening

  • Formal Gardens
  • Informal Gardens
  • Natural Gardens
  • Cottage Gardens
  • Other garden styles and themes, oriental, Mediterranean, etc
  • Potted History of Gardens: Roman, Chinese, Dark Ages, Le Notre, Brown, Jeckyll, etc

Draughting and Contracting

  • Concept Plans
  • Scale Drawing
  • Presentation Plan
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Drawing techniques (Graphics)
  • Design Procedure
  • Specifications and Contracts

Basic Landscape Construction

  • Drainage and Erosion
  • Gradients
  • Walling
  • Rockeries
  • Steps
  • Creating Mounds
  • Earth Shaping
  • Play structures
  • Gravel and Paths

Surfacings

  • Gradients
  • Surfacings
  • Gravel
  • Soft Surfacing
  • Grass
  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Timber
  • Paving
  • Rubbers and Textiles
  • Substrates
  • Performance Considerations

Furnishings and Features

  • Criteria for selecting Structural Components
  • Garden Furniture and Garden Rooms
  • Using Furniture in the Garden
  • Outdoor Tables and Chairs
  • Garden Art; types, selection, use
  • Lighting
  • Design considerations for Play Structures
  • Water Displays and Fountains
  • Skate Facilities

Park Design A

  • Park Components
  • Ornaments
  • Walls, Fences and Windbreaks
  • Enclosed Gardens
  • Gates and Gateways
  • Windbreaks
  • Recreational Landscaping
  • Criteria for Public Outdoor Space Design
  • Why Parks are Under used
  • Types of Playgrounds
  • Making Community Participation Work

Home Garden Design

  • Components of a Home Garden
  • Where Garden Meets House
  • Bringing the Outside In
  • Buildings in a Home Garden
  • Courtyards

Design Procedure B

  • The Design Process
  • Design Elements
  • Components of a Recreational Landscape
  • Designing Narrow Gardens
  • Water Garden Design
  • Water Effects: sound, reflection, movement, light, cooling
  • Using Water Plants
  • Formal and Informal Pools

Park Design B

  • Creating Trails
  • Planning a Trail
  • Types of Trails: Fitness, Nature, Sensory, Cryptic Puzzle, etc
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Outdoor Courts
  • Fun and Fitness Trails
  • Motor Vehicles in Parks
  • Plus A Special Assignment – comprehensive landscape

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We have mini self assessment tests so that you can be the judge of how well you understand the material and then a set task where you will undertake some form of practical exercise.  But best of all is the one-on-one expert tutor feedback you get with each task you submit.  

Online study can by difficult but our tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  

 

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First and foremost our courses are 100% online courses BUT they are still very practical!  You will learn many practical skills, do some research, field trips and much more.  

All learning is best done by doing, so our online courses are designed to give you the foundation knowledge you need and to get you out there and doing whatever it is that you love.  

This sets our students up for success. 

    • 100% Online
    • Practical 
    • Certificate issued on completion
    • 1-on-1 tutor support
    • Flexible payment options
    • Self paced study

Getting where you want to go with your studies and/or career, involves much more than just reading or watching a video.  Knowing how to learn, how to research and find out new information, how to judge if the source of information is any good and how to find out what is happening in your industry and creating a network are vitally important!  Our courses will help you do all that.

We have mini self assessment tests so that you can be the judge of how well you understand the material and then a set task where you will undertake some form of practical exercise.  But best of all is the one-on-one expert tutor feedback you get with each task you submit.  

Online study can by difficult but our tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  

 

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