Choosing Garden Elements (Short Course)

$199.00 Inc GST

Understanding how to use structural features such as arches, pergolas and pavilions are essential in landscaping.

What to expect:

Other elements are also important to consider, such as choosing the proper plant varieties for each location; maintaining plants in confined spaces; deciding what water features available in the market can be used in landscape, adjustments and construction needed to create the desired aesthetic effects.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.

Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with our tutor-supported online courses.


There are 5 Lessons in this course:

1. Surfacing Ideas

    • Soft materials
    • Hard surfaces
    • Segmented or modular paving
    • Unsegmented or continuous paving
    • Colored pebbles & gravel
    • Why pave an area?
    • Where to pave & how much
    • Choosing the right paving
    • Some golden rules
    • Creating special effects with paving
    • Bringing new life to old paving
    • Paving maintenance

2. Garden Aches, Pergolas, and Pavilion

    • Choosing the right arch
    • Maintenance of metal arches
    • Maintenance of timber arches
    • Pergolas
    • Building a pergola
    • Living in a garden pavilion

3. Dealing with Confined Spaces

    • Courtyards
    • Narrow gardens
    • Plants for narrow gardens
    • Verandas

4. Water Gardens

    • Water in the landscape
    • Water effects
    • Construction
    • Water pumps
    • Edges of water features
    • Keeping the water clean
    • Oxygenating plants
    • Creating a waterfall
    • Types of waterfall
    • Fencing/safety of water features

5. Using Plants in the Garden

    • The garden bed
    • Plants for your garden
    • Plants for different uses
    • Plants to avoid