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Garden Design Level 4 Advanced Certificate - Become a Garden Designer

Price: £325.00Course Code: ADLGD101
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Garden Design Level 4 Advanced Certificate - Become a Garden Designer

Garden Design Level 4 Advanced Certificate - Become a Garden Designer Online:

This course has been written by Susan Stephenson, a highly experienced horticulturist, already offering advice to garden designers just starting out in the profession.  Susan is a passionate garden designer in her own right, has written three books and lectures at two further and higher education colleges. Therefore, you can be confident that this course will help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become a true professional in this expanding area of horticulture.

There are thirteen lessons to complete and covers what you will need to know to become a successful amateur or professional garden designer. The course is ideal for creatively minded gardeners wishing to extend their range of services, for beginners looking to forge a career as a garden designer and gardening enthusiasts looking to redesign their own garden.  


Lesson Structure: Garden Design ADLGD101

1  Become a Garden Designer

  • About your course
  • Introduction
  • How gardens started (a bit of history)Garden design fountain
  • The garden today
  • Designers today
  • Where to find information
  • Factors to be considered

2  Designers: What They Do and Why They Are Needed

  • Owners requirements
  • What a designer does
  • Benefits of using a designer
  • What a designer doesn’t do
  • Providing guidance
  • Types of client
  • You, the designer
  • Taking instructions

3  Getting Started

  • Equipment
  • Dress
  • Suggested Authors
  • CAD
  • Impressions
  • Checklists
  • Wants and needs
  • The design processes
  • Assessment
  • Survey
  • Rough sketch
  • FLP
  • Drawing to scale
  • Triangulation
  • Relative and absolute measurements
  • Labelling and keys

4  Soils and SitesGarden design picture

  • The site itself
  • Climate
  • Micro climates
  • Light and shade
  • Rainfall and humidity
  • Shelter
  • Soil types and pH
  • Improving soils
  • Manures
  • Fertilisers
  • Lime
  • Cultivation

5  Getting Down to the Design

  • Arranging plants
  • Height
  • Borders
  • Beds
  • Information sources
  • Plants for particular position: alkaline, acid, shade, sun
  • Plants for particular uses: scent, ground cover
  • Designs for shapes and sizes: themes, shapes, form
  • Principles of garden design: direction, rhythm, harmony

6  Schematic Planning

  • Colour
  • Colour wheel
  • Getting it right
  • Colour patch bedding
  • Foliage for colour
  • Height
  • Features which need special consideration
  • Fruit
  • Containers
  • Tubs
  • Rockeries and alpine

7  Interest

Garden design wood

  • Winter in the garden
  • Wildlife
  • Lighting
  • Furniture
  • Safety
  • Hazards and risks

8  Water

  • Benefits
  • Uses
  • Siting a pond
  • Water features
  • Planting a pond
  • Construction
  • Plans
  • Equipment
  • Filters
  • Maintenance
  • Lighting
  • Safety

9  Children and Pets

  • Play areas
  • Children’s gardens
  • Marketing ideas
  • Equipment and toys
  • Plants
  • Water and children
  • Safer features
  • Pets
  • Clients
  • Other people’s safety

10 Elderly and DisabledGarden design flowers

  • Considerations
  • Access
  • Paths
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Tools
  • Other issues
  • Safety in general
  • Hazards and risks

11 Upkeep

  • General
  • Plant maintenance
  • Feature maintenance
  • Year planner: e.g. lawn
  • Schedule of work
  • Cost issues
  • Variable costs
  • Practical issues

12 Structures and More Designing With Plants

  • Walls
  • Fences and trellis
  • Paths
  • Patios
  • Greenhouses
  • Sheds
  • Stores
  • Summer houses
  • Other features
  • Furniture
  • Plants for linking areas
  • Direction
  • Height
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Groups of plants
  • Plant selection criteria

13 Marketing Your Garden Business

  • Expert advice on how to market your garden design venture 

N.B. Each lesson includes background reading on the essential "must knows" about the subject, a set task or tasks to consolidate and enhance your learning, plus a written assignment, which is marked and graded and then returned with helpful comments and suggestions. Once all the lessons have been completed, there will be a final assessment taken at a time and place of your choosing, or a final project, the subject of which will be agreed between your mentor and you.


Course Info
Course StartBegin your course at anytime.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Course Duration and Deadlines150 Hours Approx. N.B. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
How Can I Enrol?Online via eCommerce, by completing our Online Application Form, or by calling us on +44 (0) 1227 789 649. Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.

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