landscaping home gardens

This is one of a series of "short" courses suitable for garden enthusiasts and home owners hoping to create or improve their own gardens. The Garden Design Academy is well known for it's training courses for the landscape industry, aimed at the professional garden designer and landscaper. This course is written by the same experts but we the amateur gardener firmly in mind.

You will learn how to plan, lay out and construct your own home garden. Whether you want a garden which you can work in, play in or simply look at and feel proud of, this course is for you. Topics covered include: designing gardens, styles of gardens, drawing plans, understanding soils, basic landscape construction, weeds & pests, planting & pruning, lawns & other surfacings, garden features, plus a special project to help you develop your own garden.

This course is designed to teach you how to design (or renovate) a home garden; and then, to maintain it. The subject aims above all to develop a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the design and development of garden areas. The subject is relevant to both small and large landscapes, equally of value in developing a new home garden, or improving an existing one. Though consideration is given to both design and construction, the emphasis in this subject is on landscape design.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Designing Gardens - the basics of design conceptsand understanding how to use them.
  2. Styles of Gardens - formal, informal, natural and many other themes.
  3. Drawing Plans ‑Designing Gardens - learn how to draw basic landscape features and garden designs.
  4. Understanding Soils - clays, loams, sands - how to identify them and treat them for better plant growth.
  5. Basic Landscape Construction - what is involved to build basic structures like steps, walls, paths, etc.
  6. Weeds & Pests - how to identify and treat garden weeds and pests.
  7. Planting and Pruning - techniques to plant, prune and care for garden plants.
  8. Lawns, paving and other surfacing - care for various surfaces
  9. Garden Features - how to select and use garden features in a landscape.
  10. Developing "YOUR" Garden - Special Project

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by our tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and, if necessary, extra reading.

Six plants are to be illustrated and reviewed with each assignment.  Each plant should be labeled with both scientific and common names plus details of size and shape, conditions it will grow in, maintenance requirements, lifespan, appearance (and any way it's appearance might change throughout the year) plus several recommendations as to suitable situations it could be used in by the landscaper.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award-winning garden designer, landscaper and ex-Royal Gardener, who has created more than 1000 gardens in the UK and elsewhere.


Landscaping home gardens - Course cost: £ 295

OR two payments of £ 180

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