Garden Design 3 Term Courses

 I – For beginners who want to design their own gardens and/or pursue an interest in garden design

II – For advanced students who wish to learn professional design and gardening techniques, and improve their plant knowledge

Classes, which are small and informal, are held at my home and garden in Slimbridge.  We will also be working in either local gardens or students’ gardens, as the need arises

Design your own Garden

Year I – 2023/24

Term 1 – 2023

Dates

Tuesdays

26th September – 12th December 2023

On the Beginners Course, students will learn how to measure up and draw gardens to scale, and how to design them.

They will also learn the Principles of Design and the basics of hard landscaping.



Term 2 – Border Planning – 2024

Dates:

Tuesdays

9th January – 6th February – half term 13th

20th February – 19th March

In Border Planning, students learn how to plan beds and borders based on plant texture, shape and colour.



Term 3 – Graphics & Border Planning – 2024

Dates: 

Tuesdays

16th April – 9th July

Simple graphics to illustrate the garden designs are combined with more border planning.

A practical is held at a local garden centre on combining plants, always a very popular exercise.



Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£475 per term

Practical Gardening with Border Design

Year II – 2023/24

Term 1 – 2023

Wednesdays

27th September – 13th December

On this course, students will learn how to maintain gardens, including plant propagation, dividing perennials, soil management & lawn care, as well as designing beds & borders


Term 2 – 2024

10th January – 20th March

Term 3 – 2024

17th April – 10th July


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£475 per term

Advanced Garden Design & Management

Year XI

Term 1 – 2023/24

Thursdays (alternate)

28th September – 7th December

Practicals take place in students’ gardens, covering all aspects of garden management.


Term 2 – 2024

11th January – 21st March

Term 3 – 2024

25th April – 18th July


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£225 per term

Advanced Garden Design & Management Year XV

Term 1 – 2023

Thursdays (alternate)

5th October – 14th December

Term 2 – 2024

18th January – 14th March

Term 3 – 2024

18th April – 11th July


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£225 per term

Practicals

Spring Pruning Shrubs & Roses:
Monday 6th February 2024
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Summer Pruning Shrubs, Roses and Perennials:
Monday 22nd July 2024
10.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Growing and Training Fruit in Small Spaces:
Thursday 29th August 2024
10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Cost:  £80 per Practical Workshop including lunch

£5 off for second and subsequent courses booked

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