Garden Design (Certificate)
€ 750.00
$ 810.00


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The syllabus contains a good balance between theory and practice in the subjects offered, as well as developing the student’s research skills and knowledge base. This course has been designed to provide students with an extensive theoretical understanding of garden design in order to develop their practical application of concepts. Level 1 gives the student a brief historical overview of garden design, highlighting the pertinent adaptations, trends and practices used then and now. The course introduces the student to the foundation theory that surrounds Garden Plant Identification. Establishing a working knowledge of botanical names for flora and being able to identify foliage shapes, colour, fruit and flowers is essential. This grounding will prepare students for selecting plants for new gardens as well as maintaining or revamping existing gardens.

Design and Communication


1. The Elements of Design
2. The Principles of Design
3. Harmony
4. Building a Mood
5. Applying the Principles and Elements of Design
6. Presentation Methods 01
7. Presentation Methods 02

Landscape Design Fundamentals


1. Sources of influence in landscape Design
2. Structures, Features & Focal Points
3. Walkways, Setting Areas & Changing levels
4. Water Features
5. Garden Ornaments & Accessories
6. Finishing Touches
7. Schematic Planning

Site Survey and Analysis 


1. Surveying the Garden
2. Surveying Techniques
3. Heights and Changes in level
4. Drawing a Plan
5. Environmental Considerations
6. Windbreaks, Noise Barriers, Permanent Structures & Trees
7. Soil Evalution

Landscape and Garden Design History


1. History and Philosophy of Garden Design
2. Historical Development of Garden styles 01
3. Historical Development of Garden styles 02
4. Design Style and Garden Types 01
5. Design Style and Garden Types 02

Soft Landscape Materials


1. Plants, Shrubs, and trees
2. Plants Categories & Planting Principles.
3. Planting For aesthetic appeal
4. Plating for harsh environments
5. Soil
6. Texture and Structure
7. Nutrients and pH Scale

Hard Landscape Material


1. Hard Landscaping
2. Flagstone and Block paving
3. Gravel surfaces
4. Decking and Walling
5. Timber
6. Concrete & Mortar
7. Brickwork


FAST TRACK   40 weeks in duration
  3 course modules every 4 weeks
INTENSIVE   60 weeks in duration
  3 course modules every 6 weeks
FLEXIBLE   80 weeks in duration
  3 course modules every 9 weeks
These study time frames are just a guideline to help the student establish their own study schedule, a student may even decide to move from one option to the next. A student can change a due date at any time prior to the original date set by the college. All due dates are set to the "FAST TRACK" option upon registration.

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