This course provides you with the necessary underpinning knowledge and the practical skills you need to be able to competently design a garden.

Short Course (Ryton) Practical Garden Design

 AoPH Short Course in Practical Garden Design

This is practical garden design course; it aims to provide you with the necessary underpinning knowledge and the practical skills you need to be able to competently design a garden. On this course you will attend lectures and practical workshops covering the following:

Course introduction

Garden history and its influence on design

The fundamental design principles that underpin good design

Site appraisal and recording

Basic linear and topographical surveying techniques, recording the results

Producing a site plan from survey data

The use of colour, texture and form

The creative process, tear sheets, mood boards and research

Inspiration, experimentation and formulating strong design ideas

Researching hard and soft elements for incorporation into the design

Producing a master plan

Producing a planting plan

Producing a construction drawing

Developing a specification

Setting out, marking out a design on the ground

Producing a maintenance schedule

There will be some homework for completion between sessions which is an integral part of the course and therefore must be completed.

The design pack

The design pack contains all the necessary equipment and materials to produce different types of garden design drawings to a high standard. The contents include: A3 drawing board (and bag), set squares, compass, French curves, scale ruler, circle template, pack of drawing pens, colour pencils  etc.

Dates and times - This is a programme consisting of 13 sessions.

9th September 2019, 16th September 2019, 30th September 2019, 4th November 2019,

9th  December 2019,  6th January 2020, 2nd March 2020, 9th March 2020,

30th March 2020,  27th April 2020,   11th May 2020, 1st June 2020, 8th June 2020.

This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day.

What qualification will I get? On completion of the programme you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture.

What is the enrolment process? 1. Talk to us first to ensure that there is a place available on the course.  2. Complete an enrolment form on line, ensure you provide ALL of the details requested. 3. Payment options are: payment through the website using a credit/debit card or PayPal, alternatively cash or cheque on the first day of the course. There is an option to pay in instalments:

Cost:  Payment option 1. (With design pack) £595.00 plus V.A.T. at £ 119.00 for the complete course, total payable   £ 714.00. Payment by instalments for this option is available.

Payment option 2. (Without design pack) £495.00 plus V.A.T. at £ 99.00 for the complete course, total payable  £594.00. Payment by instalments for this option is available.

What else do I need to know? This is mixture of theory and practical work, therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing for indoor work and something suitable for practical activities outdoors: for inclement weather some waterproofs would be ideal! Safety footwear is mandatory for all practical activities.

What can I do after this course? The next logical step would be one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres, the RHS Level Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning Establishment and Maintenance would be an obvious choice, if you wish to gain a formal qualification.


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