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

Term 1 – 2021/22

Mondays

20th September – 13th December 2021

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 – 2022


Dates: 

Mondays

10th January – 4th April


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



Term 3 – Graphics & Border Planning – 2022


Dates:

Mondays

25th April – 11th 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.

I Garden Design & Management

Year II

Term 1 of 2021/22 – Garden Design & Management

Wednesdays

22nd September – 15th December

Building on the knowledge gained in the first year, students will design more gardens, produce planting plans, visuals and design reports.  Garden management and practical work will also feature strongly on this course.

Term 2 – Garden Management – 2022


Dates:

Wednesdays

12th January – 6th April

More garden design projects with the emphasis on practical work.

Term 3 – Garden Management & Garden Visits


Dates:

Wednesdays

27th April – 13th July


This term includes some garden visits as well as continuing with garden management.


Time:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Advanced Garden Design & Management Year IX

Term 1 – 2020/21

Thursdays (alternate)

1st October – 3rd December

Cancelled by COVID-19

Held at May Cottage and students’ gardens, this course encompasses advanced design projects and garden practicals with an emphasis on pruning. Students will learn how to maintain gardens to a professional standard.


Term 2 – 2021

TBC – cancelled by COVID restrictions

Term 3 – 2021

27th May – 15th July


Year XII

Term 1 – 2020

Thursdays (alternate)

24th September – 10th December

Cancelled by COVID restrictions

Term 2 – 2021

TBC – cancelled by COVID restrictions

Term 3 – 2021

6th May – 8th July

Practicals

Spring Pruning Shrubs & Roses:
Monday 7th February 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Summer Pruning Shrubs, Roses and Perennials:
Tuesday 27th July 2021
10.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Growing and Training Fruit in Small Spaces:
Thursday 19th August 2021
10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Cost:  £75 per Practical Workshop including lunch

£5 off for each second and subsequent course booked