Do you have an eye for natural beauty? You stroll past neighbouring gardens and your imagination goes wild. You think in images: vibrant rose borders, beds strewn with blooming flowers, a reflective water centrepiece – a quaint, private paradise. If this sounds like you, our garden design course is the perfect opportunity to harness your horticultural skills and focus on finer details that’ll make any garden pop. Enrol today to start blooming.
What’s involved in our online Level 3 Garden Design Course?
You’ll make the most of nature by learning the key aesthetics of garden design. Discover the rich history behind the origins of garden design and find how and out where it all began. You’ll start by exploring the features of various garden styles, such as Medieval, Tudor and Victorian gardens.
Moving forward, you’ll look at how to plan, assess, and transform gardens into award-winning masterpieces. To do this, you’ll consider the impact of soil, sun and shade, time and budgeting during the planning process.
You’ll also examine the elements, shaping and proportions of gardens that enable designers to keep lawns and boundaries in shape when designing their dream enclosure. The course will finish by looking at a range of practical ideas for various shapes and styles of gardens.
Like the sights and scents of a glorious orchard in June, our garden design course will leave an everlasting impression. You’ll also acquire the distinctive ability to craft dynamic landscapes that meet the needs and desires of homeowners and garden lovers everywhere.
Now’s the time to start crafting those spectacular ideas you’ve been dreaming of, whether Persian gardens or Zen paradises. Enrol today and study anywhere – even in enclosed secret gardens in the heart of the countryside.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - The History of Garden Design
- Medieval Gardens
- Tudor Gardens
- Stuart Gardens
- Georgian Gardens
- Victorian Gardens
- 20th-Century Gardens
Unit 2 - Introduction to Practical Garden Design
- What Do You Want From Your Garden?
- First Steps
- Consider the Practical Limitations
- Assessing the Versatility of A Pond Feature
- Starting with The Essentials
Unit 3 - Assessing the Garden
- Slopes & Changes in Level
- Enhancing Garden Design for a Mature Garden
- Sun and Shade
- The Soil & Climate
Unit 4 - Budgeting and Planning Garden Design
- How Much Will Your Client be Able to Afford to Spend?
- Phased Planning for Water Features
- Schedule of work for Garden Development
- Example of a Phased Budget in a Garden Design
Unit 5 - Timing Considerations
- Basic Principles of Timing in Garden Planning
- Knowing your Soil
- Sources of Soil Pollution
- How Soil Pollution Affects Plants
- Benefits of Selenium for Plants and Soil
- Improve Selenium Content of Soil
- Safety and Timing Considerations for Fertiliser Application
- Timescale for Impatient Gardeners
- Making Progress While Using a Phased Approach
Unit 6 - The Design - How and Where to Start
- Achieving Harmony in Your Garden Design
- Using Materials to Create Patterns and Finishing Touches in Your Design
- Using Plants to Create or Enhance Patterns and Themes
- Use of Colour in Garden Design
- Colour Transformation
- The Effect of Colours in “Re-sizing” Your Garden Space
Unit 7 - Elements of the Garden
- Recycling the Material from the Foundation Trench
- Choosing the Materials for Building
- Legal or Planning Restrictions on Building Garden Walls
- Safety Concerns
- Patios and Paving
- Designing Your Garden
- Climbers and Shop Bought Panels
- Metal Arches
- Basic Garden Sheds and Other Utility Buildings
- Beds, borders and planting
Unit 8 - Shapes and Proportion of Gardens
- The Shape of Your Lawn
- Ornaments and Garden Furniture
- Where to Place Garden Furniture
- Designing Your Garden
- Garden Design Checklist
Unit 9 - Managing Transformations
- Quick and Easy Transformations
- Achieving a Quick Boost or Lift
- Creating a Focal Point
- Water Features
- Making Drainage Improvements
Unit 10 - Design Solutions for Problem Gardens
- Dealing with Problems
- Individual Gardens May have Individual Problems
- Other Problems and Possible Solutions
- Problems of a Steeply Sloping Garden
- Urban Influences
- Irrigation Systems
- 11 Problems, Symptoms and Remedies
Unit 11 - Practical Design Ideas for Various Shapes of Garden
- Design Ideas to Ensure Optimum Use of Outdoor Space
Unit 12 - Design Ideas to Ensure Optimum Use of Outdoor Space
- Practical Considerations in Planning to Develop a Formal Garden Style
Preparing the Land
Defining the Perimeter
The Family Garden
Plants Potentially Harmful to People
Zones & Grass Covering
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.
How is this course assessed or examined?
Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.