Garden Design & Landscaping Study Courses
Blackford Centre for Garden Design
Garden Design Course
The 18 Garden Design Modules
The aims of the course
How to do the course. Getting the most from it.
How to do the assignments
What skills do you need?
Assess your strengths and weaknesses
2. GARDEN DESIGN INFLUENCES
Sources of influence in garden design
Influence of garden history
Fashions and trends
Impact of television
The principles of design
Unity and balance
Using colour to influence your design
3. WHAT DO YOU, OR YOUR CLIENT, WANT IN THE GARDEN?
Assessing your needs
Asking the right question
Making a list
How to record the information
What else can the client tell you?
Getting the client to sign on the dotted line
The maths. Areas
4. MEASURING A GARDEN AND RECORDING THE DETAILS
Measuring the area of a garden
How to find the area of a triangular part of the garden
Working with curves
The 3, 4, 5 triangle
Recording the information
Measuring heights and changes in level
The importance of measuring the levels
Calculating changes in level
Using surveying equipment
Using the figures
5. GETTING DOWN TO EARTH
The garden's aspect
How to measure and plot it
What are its implications?
What is topsoil and why do we need it anyway?
6. PUTTING PEN TO PAPER (OR MOUSE TO PAD)
Using computers for design
What type of computer will you need?
What other equipment will you require?
Advantages and disadvantages of using computers
Presenting your drawing
Choosing a scale
Drawing to scale
General rules for drawing
Tools for drawing
Using a template
7. PLANT USE IN THE LANDSCAPE
Using plants for screening and windbreaks
Using plants for their aesthetic appeal
Planting for harsh environments
How many plants to use
Where to source the plants
8. PRESENTING YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK
Getting a corporate identity
Using a computer
A drawing board
Presenting your plans
The title block
The garden layout plan
The planting plan
9. USING INSETS, CONSTRUCTION DIAGRAMS AND NUMBER CHARTS
Creating construction drawings
Using number charts
10. PAVING AND WALLS (HARD LANDSCAPE)
What is hard landscaping?
Decking and Walling
Positioning a water feature
Pumps and filters
12. GARDEN LIGHTING
Garden lighting today
Lights and their use
Lamps. Filters. How to choose a lamp.
Focal points and statues
When to consider garden lighting
Selling the principle of lighting to the client
Think about lighting early in the process
Irrigation and water conservation
13. GETTING DOWN TO DESIGN
Plants for particular problem positions
Plants for particular uses
Designing for shapes and sizes
After you decide the theme
14. SCHEMATIC PLANNING
The colour wheel
Getting the planting mix right
Colour patch bedding
Foliage for colour
Fruit growing in small areas
Containers, tubs and patios
Plants to define areas
Hedges for defining areas
Putting together a schedule
Putting together a maintenance guide
Hard landscape maintenance
16. GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE
What will you include in your service? Plans only, contract management, or maintenance schedule? How many copies and how many different types of drawing.
Selling by the hour or contract.
Where do your responsibilities end?
Writing terms and conditions, to protect both you and your client.
17. ADVANCED GARDEN DESIGN
Adding shapes to the garden
Blocking unsightly views
Changing the shape of the garden
18. PERSONAL PLANT FILES AND PORTFOLIOS
The plant file
What to start with
The file itself
What else to include in the plant file
Presenting your work to clients
How to present your work
We supply all the modules at the beginning of the course, so you can study topics whenever you choose.
We reserve the right to improve or amend the course contents.
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