Garden Design Introduction

Are you interested in designing or developing your own garden? This short course will cover the exciting opportunities and challenges involved in the process; support you to develop your creative skills and learn to maximise the potential of even the smallest spaces using planting and design.

Course Content

The course will cover: Garden design styles and elements from traditional formal to contemporary meadow gardening - Garden survey techniques to enable you to draw up your garden using scale for accurate planning
- Different methods of conveying your ideas from mood boards to technical drawings
- Researching plant choices and landscape materials

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

First Class Requirements

Please bring in photos of your own outdoor spaces that you would like to design to share with the group. You will also need to bring some paper, pencil and pen to take notes and sketch as the course progresses.

Additional Information

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Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.