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Course Overview

This course is designed to teach you how to design (or renovate) a home garden; and then, to maintain it.   

It aims above all to develop a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the design and development of garden areas.  The course is relevant to both small and large landscapes, equally of value in developing a new home garden, or improving an existing one. Though consideration is given to both design and construction, the emphasis in this subject is on landscape design.

Each one of the ten assignments will require written answers to set questions (sometimes drawings), plus a series of plant reviews. Learning about plants in the context of their landscape use is so very important to developing any garden. Choosing the wrong plants or using them in an inappropriate way can create structural and maintenance problems; not to mention detract from the overall aesthetic of the garden.

Six plants are to be illustrated and reviewed with each assignment.  Each plant should be labeled with both scientific and common names plus details of size and shape, conditions it will grow in, maintenance requirements, lifespan, appearance (and any way it’s appearance might change throughout the year) plus several recommendations as to suitable situations it could be used in by the landscaper.


Course Objectives:

  • Understand the design procedure and the principles of landscape design
  • Develop knowledge of garden styles through history and apply this to your own designs
  • Develop skills in graphical techniques for plan drawing
  • Develop knowledge of soil properties and their relevance to home horticulture
  • Understand the principles and practices of basic landscape construction
  • Develop knowledge of pests and weeds, and their management in home horticulture
  • Develop skills in planting and pruning for home gardens
  • Develop knowledge of lawns and surfaces appropriate to home landscaping
  • Develop knowledge of landscape furnishings and other features appropriate for home gardens
  • Utilise skills developed during this course to develop a landscape design for a home garden.


1. Designing Gardens – the basics of design concepts through to understanding how to use them.
2. Styles of Gardens – formal, informal, natural, and other themes.
3. Drawing Plans ‑Designing Gardens – learn how to draw basic landscape features and garden designs.
4. Understanding Soils – clays, loams, sands – how to identify them and treat them for better plant growth.
5. Basic Landscape Construction – what is involved to build basic structures like steps, walls, paths, etc.
6. Weeds & Pests – how to identify and treat garden weeds and pests.
7. Planting and Pruning – techniques to plant, prune and care for garden plants.
8. Lawns, paving and other surfacing – care for various surfaces
9. Garden Features – how to select and use garden features in a landscape.
10. Developing “YOUR” Garden – Special Project
11. Introduction to Natural Gardens.
12. History of Natural Gardens
13. Developing Concept Plans
14. Plants for Natural Gardens
15. Planting Design in Natural Gardens
16. Natural Garden Features
17. Natural Gardens Today
18. Bringing It All Together.


  • Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to study when it suits your schedule
  • Access to a variety of learning formats including ebooks, self assessment tests and assignments
  • Tutoring services to ensure no question you have goes unanswered.
  • A lifetime loyalty discount of 20% off all your tools and products from our industry partner.
  • A certificate of attainment upon completion.
  • Tutor support service available to you by phone and email 6 days a week.

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