Short Course in Designing Gardens

Gain the skills and the knowledge in Designing Gardens in this short self-paced course.

Designing your own garden can be one of the most creative things that you ever do – producing a living sculpture that gives you years of enjoyment. The secret to good garden design is a plan and having the skills and knowledge to put your plan into fruition. Although this short course in Designing Gardens is a 20 hour self paced course, the breadth of material that is covered is great.

Work through the course at your own pace. Do as many or as few of the activities as you need to.

There are seventeen lessons in this course from a basic introduction to garden design, to following a budget, plant selection, making the garden meet the house, different designs and using different features to complete your design.  As you progress through each lesson you will be provided with a range of ways you can expand your learning. By choosing which tasks you do and don't undertake you can expand in areas that interest you most, and skip areas of less interest.

You won't miss anything important that you need to know about garden design as long as you read the notes that are presented alongside these "learn more" suggestions.

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.

Course Outline

There are 17 Lessons in this course:

INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN DESIGN

  • Do it in Stages
  • The Planning Process
  • Earthworks
  • Design Process
  • How to Design a Garden Room
  • Garden Room Components – What to Put in Your Garden Room
  • Designing a Garden for a New House

APPROPRIATENESS OF GARDEN DESIGN

  • Techniques for Keeping in Scale
  • Importance of Space
  • Garden Features for Small Gardens

CREATING AN IMPACT

  • Borrow from your neighbours Landscape to make your Garden seem Larger
  • Bringing the Outside In
  • Bringing the Garden Inside

DESIGNING TO A BUDGET

  • Working Out Your Budget
  • Maintenance Costs
  • The Plant Budget
  • Selecting and Maintaining Your Tools

CHOOSING PLANTS

  • What Plant Variety
  • Choosing Which Plant?

USING THE GARDEN

  • Outdoor living
  • Garden Furniture
  • Barbeques
  • Children Playing
  • Make Gardens More User Friendly

WHERE THE GARDEN MEETS THE HOUSE

  • What to Do
  • Practical Concerns
  • Other Ways of Joining the Garden to the House

MAKING THE WINTER GARDEN MORE COMFORTABLE

  • Solutions for Slippery Surfaces

GARDENS FOR CHILDREN

  • Play Equipment for Different Ages
  • Child proofing a Garden
  • Play Equipment

THE SECURE HOME AND GARDEN

  • Planting
  • Fencing
  • Alarms
  • Security Screens, Doors, patrols, etc
  • What type of Property is Vulnerable

LIGHTING A GARDEN

  • Why Light
  • Types of Lights
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Aesthetics, Costs, etc

DEALING WITH SHADE

  • Trees to Create Shade
  • Entertaining in a Shaded Garden

GARDEN ART

  • Choosing Garden Ornamentation
  • Garden Sculpture
  • Other Ornamentation

POTS & PLANTERS

  • Looking for Colourful Planters
  • Using Colourful Pots

COLOUR IN THE GARDEN

  • Colours and Garden Styles
  • Tips for Using Colour
  • Seasonal Colour
  • Tips for Year Round Colour
  • How to Brighten a Winter Garden

APPLICATIONS FOR COLOUR

  • Ten Ways to Use Colour
  • Colour Themes

GARDEN FURNITURE

  • Furnishing the Garden
  • What Furniture does your Garden Need?
  • Where to put Garden Furniture
  • What to look for in Garden Furniture
  • Barbeques
  • Washing Lines
  • Hammocks
  • Umbrellas
  • Poolside Furniture
  • Colours
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Gain the skills and the knowledge in Designing Gardens in this short self-paced course. Designing your own garden can be one of the most creative things that you ever do – producing a living sculpture that gives you years of enjoyment. The secret to good garden design is a plan and having the skills and […]

Duration 20 hours
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Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate

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Duration 20 hours
Enroll Anytime
Delivery Online
Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate