Online Garden Design Courses

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Garden Design Certificates for Adult Learners

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cottage garden design course.

Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation. Discover the History of Cottage Gardens, Planting Design for Cottage Gardens, Features and Components of Cottage Gardens (eg. Arches, furniture, lattice, sundials, barriers and walls) and more. Course Aims: On successful completion of the […]

Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation. Discover the History of Cottage Gardens, Planting Design for Cottage Gardens, Features and Components of Cottage Gardens (eg. Arches, furniture, lattice, sundials, barriers and walls) and more. Course Aims: On successful completion of the […]

online horticulture courses.

Study the practicalities of building a garden landscape This online landscaping course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape – as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the “right” way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry. Course Aims: Manage […]

Study the practicalities of building a garden landscape This online landscaping course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape – as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the “right” way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry. Course Aims: Manage […]

Landscaping B Online Course

This online garden design course can either fine tune the important landscaping skills you acquired upon completion of the Introduction to Garden Design course, or it can be taken as a self contained study unit. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good […]

This online garden design course can either fine tune the important landscaping skills you acquired upon completion of the Introduction to Garden Design course, or it can be taken as a self contained study unit. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good […]

Garden Design Course Online

LEARN TO DESIGN IN A WIDE RANGE OF GARDEN DESIGN STYLES! Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to […]

LEARN TO DESIGN IN A WIDE RANGE OF GARDEN DESIGN STYLES! Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to […]

Garden History Course

An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills. This is garden history course is not only for students of garden design, but also for practicing professional designers, and horticulturists who wish to broaden their understanding of gardens across many countries and over the centuries. Based upon curriculum […]

An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills. This is garden history course is not only for students of garden design, but also for practicing professional designers, and horticulturists who wish to broaden their understanding of gardens across many countries and over the centuries. Based upon curriculum […]

Garden Maintenance Online Course

Proper garden maintenance will save you time and money.   Learn how with this course. Understand the shortcuts to have a good looking garden without huge amounts of time and money.Highly respected and qualified industry experts as tutors.Learn more about garden maintenance. Course Aims: Evaluate the maintenance needs and develop a plan for maintaining a […]

Proper garden maintenance will save you time and money.   Learn how with this course. Understand the shortcuts to have a good looking garden without huge amounts of time and money.Highly respected and qualified industry experts as tutors.Learn more about garden maintenance. Course Aims: Evaluate the maintenance needs and develop a plan for maintaining a […]

Green Walls Design Course Online

Learn to grow green walls and roofs for a modern garden design. Roof and green walls provide an elegant and aesthetic solution to increasing urbanisation and limited space. Learn to construct and maintain sound vertical gardens and roof gardens. Students study a range of topics including: suitable plants, container growing, landscaping for vertical and roof […]

Learn to grow green walls and roofs for a modern garden design. Roof and green walls provide an elegant and aesthetic solution to increasing urbanisation and limited space. Learn to construct and maintain sound vertical gardens and roof gardens. Students study a range of topics including: suitable plants, container growing, landscaping for vertical and roof […]

Garden Design Course Online

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 […]

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 […]

Natural Gardens

Over ten lessons this course develops your understanding of how natural environments work and the concepts of natural garden design. Know how to produce concept and detailed innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (eg. woodland gardens, desert gardens, wild gardens, indigenous plant gardens, etc.) using indigenous plants or a mixture of indigenous and other […]

Over ten lessons this course develops your understanding of how natural environments work and the concepts of natural garden design. Know how to produce concept and detailed innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (eg. woodland gardens, desert gardens, wild gardens, indigenous plant gardens, etc.) using indigenous plants or a mixture of indigenous and other […]

Garden Design Course Online

This is a great course for landscape consultants, garden designers, horticultural advisors, project managers, or anyone else who works with landscapes and needs to improve their ability to survey, evaluate and plan development work on a site. Every site has a unique set of micro climatic and soil conditions. Other factors such as the site’s […]

This is a great course for landscape consultants, garden designers, horticultural advisors, project managers, or anyone else who works with landscapes and needs to improve their ability to survey, evaluate and plan development work on a site. Every site has a unique set of micro climatic and soil conditions. Other factors such as the site’s […]

Information on Garden Design & Landscape Construction

We are frequently asked about becoming a garden designer and the also the licensing requirements around landscape construction.

These two are very different tasks, one involves design, the other construction.  However, our courses do cover landscape construction because even as a garden designer you need to understand how it all works.

Landscaping is one of those confusing areas that happen in Australia with each state having a different set of rules.

The way we view it is:

If you want to design gardens and landscapes – our courses are perfect!

If you want to start a business and go around quoting on landscape construction jobs, you’ll need to something else such as a Cert III in Landscape Construction or a Certificate III in Horticulture.

So, if you are certain you want to garden design and landscape construction, we have listed by state some resources to guide you:

NSW

Read this article by FairTrading NSW it gives you all the information you need.

https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/licensing-and-qualifications/structural-landscaping

VIC

It appears in Victoria if it’s under $10000 you don’t need a builder’s license.

This is the site you need to read:

https://ablis.business.gov.au/service/vic/registration-of-building-practitioners-domestic-builder/24314 *it states you either need a specific qualification or have appropriate experience.  This page also has the application forms etc. and information as it applies to:

  • retaining walls
  • structural landscaping
  • shade structures

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/licensing-and-registration/builders-and-tradespeople/running-your-business/domestic-building-contracts/what-work-requires-a-building-contract

https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/44550/What-is-Domestic-Building-work.pdf

QLD

Read this information on structural landscaping licenses

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/licence-classes/structural-landscaping-trade

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/builder-restricted-structural-landscaping

SA

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/business-and-trade/licensing/building-and-trade/building-work-contractor-s-licence

WA

https://www.mbawa.com/landscape-contractors/

TAS

Accreditation is used in place of licensing.

https://www.landscapenswact.com.au/

NT

There are no state licensing requirements, however local council may have their own requirements.

This link is useful too:

https://www.licensedtrades.com.au/licensed/landscaper

F.A.Q.

Who are these courses for?

These courses will work for you if you are looking for a fully tutor supported horticulture or garden course that is not a huge commitment, that doesn’t cost you the earth but will still get you thinking and learning and most importantly get you result you want.  Many students do a single subject as a stepping stone to a bigger thing, or find its enough to help start their enterprise, make their garden grow, or gain a job in horticulture.

 

Who are the tutors?

You will get a real tutor who provides you with personalised support and feedback.  No tick and flick.  Learn with real tutors who will be there for you every step of the way.  When you enroll will receive a welcome email from your tutor.  You are free to email them for help or guidance as much as you need to.  We employ tutors who are active in their field so the support is by email.

 

  • Barbara Tremain  BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
  • Karen Huntley MSc Marketing Mgt (Food Related Industries), PDC, PG Dip Organic Farming, Cert Marketing, BA. Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Coventry University/Thrive, UK)

Do I need to know about gardening and plants before i start?

No, our garden and horticulture certificate courses assume no prior knowledge and are designed as a practical guide to help you learn.

 

*Landscaping Students

Please be aware that there are government regulations around licencing requirements for landscape construction in Australia.

 

What sort of support do I get?

All our courses come with unlimited experienced and expert tutor support via email.  We only employ tutors who are current in their field which means they are not sitting around our office waiting for phone calls!  We find email works best, if there is a problem that can’t be resolved give us a call on 07 5536 8783 or email our student support desk.

 

What is the course duration?

Generally the courses should take you about 100 hours of study.  We give you up to 12 months to complete the course, but you can finish faster.  Each lesson has a written assignment for you will receive individual feedback from your tutor.  There are also self assessment quizzes for each lesson (non assessable).  The strength of our courses is in that each lesson has an assignment, this means you are forced to engage with the content and can’t just skip over an important lesson.  By the end of the course you have really engaged and that equals learning!