Garden Design for Beginners - Nottingham Trent University



This beginners level course is aimed at both amateur gardeners and those with a general interest in garden design. It is also ideal for those considering a career change and wanting to see if garden design is the right pathway, or simply someone looking to improve their own garden space whilst learning some new skills and acquiring knowledge along the way. It will introduce the foundation principles of garden design, allowing you to develop a range of technical skills that can be applied to a garden space. There will be a focus on developing technical skills that allow garden design plans to be drawn accurately by hand. During the course you will also be introduced to the processes of choosing hard landscaping materials. By the end of the course you will have learned: - An Understanding of Design Principles - Basic Site Surveying Techniques - 2D Plan Drafting and Graphics - Development of Garden Concepts - Introduction to Hard Landscaping Materials What will you gain? You will undertake a series of practical exercises as homework, including surveying and technical drawing and by the end of the course you will have prepared your own garden design scheme. If you attend more than 80% of the course you will be given a certificate of attendance. 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, and Southport Flower Shows. Alongside running her own garden design business, Yvette lectures as Module Leader in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at Brackenhurst. She is also a Course Tutor with The British Academy of Garden Design.

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 18


3 days

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
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • UK Holiday
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Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus, Southwell, Brackenhurst Lane, NG25 0QF