Planting Design for Beginners (online)- Nottingham Trent University



Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, 6 week evening course (held every fortnight). If you’re an amateur gardener with a general interest in garden and planting design, considering a career change, wanting to increase basic plant knowledge or simply looking to improve your own garden space whilst learning some new skills and acquiring knowledge along the way, then this course is for you. We’ll introduce you to the basic principles and techniques involved in creating successful planting schemes that can be applied to your own garden space. You’ll also learn how to appraise the growing conditions within your garden space and identify plants that will thrive there. On this course you will learn about: ● Basic plant identification ● The 7 principles of planting design ● Site appraisal methods ● Soil sampling techniques ● Soil improvement options ● Planting combinations ● An Introduction to Creating Planting Plans Sessions will feature a blend of theoretical study and practical exercises. Tutor Profile: Yvette Smith is an experienced garden designer and lecturer with particular interests in wildlife gardening and design psychology. Combining lifelong passions for garden design, horticulture and art, Yvette graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Design and Management. Prior to this she completed the Foundation Degree programme in Horticulture, Garden Design, to Distinction level. Yvette received awards for outstanding achievement in each year of study. In 2011, trade stands designed by Yvette for Hillarys Blinds were awarded the prestigious RHS Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Presentation at both the RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park Flower Shows. Yvette has also worked with TV gardener David Domoney as Head of Planting for his show gardens and exhibits, including working at the RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court Palace, and Southport Flower Shows. Alongside running her own garden design business, Yvette lectures in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at our Brackenhurst Campus. She is also a course tutor at the British Academy of Garden Design.


12 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
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