Gardens and plants play an important role in our lives…

Short Garden Design Courses Edinburgh

Due to the popularity of our classes over the years, and frequent requests for more knowledge into planting design from people attending our ‘Design Your Own Garden’ course, we have decided to expand the choice of classes available.

Gift vouchers are available for all or part of the course

 

Introduction To Garden Design Course - 1 day courses

The following courses are aimed at anyone interested in designing their own garden or considering a career in garden design.

1. Foundation Course

This course explores a method of designing through lectures and practical exercises. We will give you an insight into what is involved in the design process through discussing the general principles of garden design and a chance to produce some simple designs.

The course content consists of

  • Preparing a list of wants/needs for the garden
  • Conducting a site assessment and gathering relevant information
  • Analysing the information in conjunction with the brief
  • Design Principles -    
    • Space & Movement
    • Enclosure & Openings
    • Balance & Proportion
    • Formal & Informal Layout
  • Choosing materials to suit the desired style and mood.

 

2. Practical Design Day

This is a follow up class to the 'Foundation Course' where you have the opportunity to develop what you have learned and put it into practice. You will mainly work as part of a group so no drawing skills are required.

The course consists of

  • Reinforcing design principles through practical exercises
  • Considering the emotional response to a garden space
  • Dealing with awkward shaped gardens
  • Styling the garden


Course venue -

The Edinburgh Conference Centre,
Heriot Watt University
Riccarton
EH14 4AS

Cost -    £110 for the 1 day course and includes tea/coffee and a buffet lunch.
Class sizes limited to 14. All drawing equipment will be provided

Classes are from 9.30am - 5pm

Next Course Dates - January 2013, dates to be confirmed

 

Introduction To Planting Design Course - 1 day courses

This is a subject we have had a significant note of interest. The course is intended as a follow up to the Garden Design Foundation Course but can be taken independantly. Although we will discuss the individual qualities of plants, the main emphasis will be on the method of profiling plants to create effective and interesting combinations through texture, form and colour.

Planting Design is a very complex subject and we will look at a step-by-step method of selecting an appropriate planting scheme through lectures and practical exercises.

The following courses are aimed at anyone interested in designing their own garden or considering a career in garden design.

1. Planting Design Principles

Through a series of practical exercises, you will build up an understanding of how plants are used for functional and decorative purposes. The aim is to start the process of preparing a library of plant combinations for a variety of site conditions

The course content consists of

  • Assessing site conditions for planting
  • Considering an appropriate style to enhance the design
  • Profiling plants by assessing their individual qualities
  • Decorative qualities of plants -    
    • Shape
    • Form
    • Texture
    • Colour
  • Functional qualities of plants -    
    • Controlling movement and view
    • Creating enclosure and separation
  • Combining plants to create an interesting and long lasting composition
  • Preparing a library of plant combinations

 

2. Practical Planting Design Day

This is a follow up class to the 'Planting Design Principles' course where you have the opportunity to develop what you have learned and put it into practice through a series of practical exercises. No drawing skills are required.

The course consists of

  • Considering an appropriate style to enhance the design
  • Prepare planting plans to suit the style of the garden for mixed shrubs border, herbaceous border and woodland planting
  • Planting combinations for different site conditions

 

Course venue -

The Edinburgh Conference Centre,
Heriot Watt University
Riccarton
EH14 4AS

Cost -    £110 for the 1 day course and includes tea/coffee and a buffet lunch.
Class sizes limited to 14. All drawing equipment will be provided

Classes are from 9.30am to 5pm

Next course dates - Jan 2013, dates to be confirmed

 

other courses being developed........                                  

Level Surveying Course


Changes in level in a garden can influence and dictate the solution to a design. Learn to use levelling equipment and carry out a level survey in order to analyse how level changes can be accommodated and altered within the garden.
I intend to supply this course through a distance learning method of video and notes that can be purchased online.

Measured Surveying

Practical Design Day 2



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Introduction to Garden design and Planting Design

Venue: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University

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