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Introduction to Garden Design

Thursday 15 March 2018 09:30

Want to make changes to your garden and don't know where to start? This introductory course acts as a comprehensive guide covering all the basics of designing a garden.

The course starts on Thursday 15 March 9.30-12noon 10 Weekly Sessions. 


Course Overview

The course is taught through talks; demonstrations and a range of activities both in the classroom and out in the gardens (weather permitting).  Please come dressed in suitable clothing for the weather (i.e. waterproof jackets and wear suitable shoes). Also bring pen and paper.

Week 1 - Where to start and understanding your garden.

Week 2 - Basic site surveys,what exists, identifying potential and constraints

Week 3 - Garden layouts and the importance of shapes & lines

Week 4 - Design principles: Unity, Proportion, Balance, Repetition  and Movement.

Week 5 - The role of hard landscaping

Week 6 - Plant types and their uses.

Week 7 - Creating planting plans

Week 8 - Styles & themes: formal/informal, mixed borders, traditional herbaceous & naturalist plantings.

Week 9 - Styles & themes: Woodland/shade, drought tolerance, lawns & meadows, water and bogs.

Week 10 - Implementing your plan; what order to do things in and where to source materials and plants.


Who is this suitable for?

18+. There are no formal entry requirements; all you need is an interest in plants. No previous experience needed.

What does it cost?

£75 (£65 Friends of Ness Gardens)

Do I Need to Book a place?

Yes - Please contact 0151 7956300 or book at the Gardens Admissions desk.

Venue Details

Bulley Room & the Gardens