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 X

Term 1 – 2022/23

Thursdays (alternate)

22nd September – 15th December

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


Term 2 – 2023

12th January – 30th March

Term 3 – 2023

4th May – 13th July


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£225 per term

Advanced Garden Design & Management Year XV

Term 1 – 2022

Thursdays (alternate)

29th September – 8th December

Term 2 – 2023

19th January – 23rd March

Term 3 – 2023

27th April – 6th July


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

£225 per term

Practicals

Spring Pruning Shrubs & Roses:
Monday 6th February 2023
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Summer Pruning Shrubs, Roses and Perennials:
Monday 24th July 2023
10.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Tuesday 25th July 2023

Growing and Training Fruit in Small Spaces:
Tuesday 15th August 2023
10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Tuesday 15th August 2023

Cost:  £75 per Practical Workshop including lunch

In 2023 cost rises to £80

£5 off for each second and subsequent course booked

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