Learn 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.
- 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
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
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
- Creating Mounds
- Earth Shaping
- Play structures
- Gravel and Paths
- Soft Surfacing
- Rubbers and Textiles
- 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
- Design considerations for Play Structures
- Water Displays and Fountains
- Skate Facilities
Park Design A
- Park Components
- Walls, Fences and Windbreaks
- Enclosed Gardens
- Gates and Gateways
- 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
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
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.