"Study the design and application of water features"
This course is a splash! Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens (fountains, streams, ponds, waterfalls, etc).
Water gardens may be small or large, and when used properly can bring movement, sounds and a character to a garden that cannot be found any other way.
- Understand the nature and scope of water gardens.
- Identify and describe generic construction materials and techniques suitable for water gardens and pools.
- Select appropriate equipment for use with water features.
- Specify the design and construction of a pond or watercourse.
- Specify the design, construction and maintenance of a spa or swimming pool.
- Specify the design & construction of a Water Feature other than a pond or water course.
- Identify the water plants commonly used in water gardens.
- Identify a variety of aquatic animals suitable for water gardens, and their requirements.
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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.
- Scope and nature of water gardens
- What size water garden
- Water supply: rain, tanks,etc
- Water quality
- Siting the water garden
- Evapouration rate, water depth, safety
- Water in garden design: formal, informal
- Edging, Water sculptures, shade
- Water effects: sound, reflection, movement, light, cooling,
- Water life: algae, fish, mosquitos, wildlife, plants
- Water Garden Construction
- Planning the water garden
- What effect do you want
- Matching the effect with the type of garden
- Shape, size and location
- Type of construction
- Using a liner
- Pre formed water gardens (Kits)
- Pond edges
- Equipment: Pumps, lights, filters
- Submersible pumps
- Lighting: power source, DC power
- Lighting design with water
- Pond filtration systems: sterile or living water
- Mechanical or biological filtration
- Swimming pool filtration
- Sand filters
- Diatomaceous earth filters
- Cartridge filters
- Ponds and Watercourses
- Designing a natural watercourse
- Siting a stream
- Water circulation
- Pond design
- Bog gardens
- Reed beds
- Pond management
- Oxygenating plants
- Spas and Swimming Pools: Design and aftercare
- Choosing a swimming pool
- What sort of pool do you need
- Structural considerations
- Cost considerations
- Types of pools: concrete, fibreglass, vinyl
- Above or below ground
- Pump and filtration system
- What shape
- Special features in a pool
- Heating a pool
- Pool care over winter
- Indoor and Outdoor Water Features
- Pot ponds
- Water barrels
- Wall plaques and wall fountains
- Water walls
- Water spouts
- Bird baths
- Cobble fountain construction
- Using water features in a landscape
- Water Plants
- Waterside trees and shrubs
- Bog plants
- Emergent water plants
- Floating leaf plants
- Aquatic plants
- Water lilies
- Plants to avoid in water gardens
- Surrounding plants
- Aquatic Animals
- Conditions needed by fish and aquatic animals
- Water snails
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
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.