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Landscaping Home Gardens 100 Hours Course

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Landscaping Home Gardens 100 Hours Course

Landscaping Home Gardens course online. Design your ideal garden with this distance learning program that you can study from home!

Learn how to plan, lay out and construct home gardens, whether you're a general gardening professional wishing to add landscaping skills to your portfolio, or just a keen amateur gardener. Whether you want a garden which can be worked in, for enjoyment, or simply to be looked at, then this course is for you.

Topics covered include: designing gardens, styles of gardens, drawing plans, understanding soils, basic landscape construction, weeds & pests, planting & pruning, lawns & other surfacings, garden features, plus developing a garden.

Those looking to provide a landscaping service requiring a deeper level of specialised landscaping knowledge and skills, should consider Landscaping I, with possible follow up courses: Landscaping II and Landscaping III. Budding or existing Urban Green Landscape Designers will benefit from completing our Biophilic Design and Landscaping and/or Green Walls and Roofs Courses.


Learning Goals: Landscaping Home Gardens AHT103
  • 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


Lesson Structure: Landscaping Home Gardens AHT103

There are 10 lessons:

1  Basic Design Procedure A

  • Garden Design
  • Site Analysis
  • Deciding What You Want
  • Step by Step – Creating the Concept
  • Step By Step – How to Design a Garden Room
  • Garden Room Components – What to Put in Your Garden Room
  • Garden Effects
  • Set Reading

2  History and Styles of Gardening

  • Formal Gardens
  • Informal Gardens
  • Natural Gardens
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Naturalistic Landscaping
  • The Permaculture Garden
  • Hill and Pond Garden
  • Dry Landscape
  • Tea Garden
  • Stroll Garden
  • Courtyard Garden
  • Rocks
  • Mexican Style Gardens
  • How Mexican Gardens Evolved
  • Set Reading

3  Drawing Plans

  • Where to Start: Take it Step by Step
  • What Type of Garden is Needed?
  • Where the Garden Meets the House: Creating a Transition
  • Practical Concerns
  • Set Reading

4  Understanding Soils

  • Earth-moves
  • Moving Existing Earth
  • What Tools Do You Need?
  • Importing Soil
  • Shaping Sloping Ground
  • Settling Soil
  • Set Reading

5  Basic Landscape Construction

  • Building With Concrete
  • Concrete Options
  • Reinforcing
  • “Rodding” the Concrete
  • Expansion Joints
  • Beautifying Existing Concrete
  • Set Reading

6  Weeds and Pests

  • Mulching
  • Weed Mats
  • Plants
  • Solarisation
  • Cultivating
  • Mowing/Slashing
  • Changing pH
  • Herbicides
  • How to Keep Weeds Out of a Lawn
  • Weeds in Pavements
  • Weeds in the Garden Bed
  • Natural Pest Control
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Set Reading

7  Planting and Pruning

  • Making Garden Beds
  • How To Prepare Soil In A New Garden Bed
  • Raised Beds
  • Sunken Beds
  • No-Dig Garden Beds
  • Planting for a Cottage Garden
  • What is a Cottage Garden Plant?
  • How to Use Plants in the Cottage Garden
  • What to Plant in Damp Spots
  • What’s the difference between wet and moist soil?
  • Creating a Bog Garden
  • Ground Covers and Low-growing Plants that like Moist Soil
  • Shrubs and Trees that like Moist Soil
  • Conifers for Damp Soils
  • Pruning
  • General Rules
  • What’s Good About Pruning?
  • Bamboo Pruning
  • Pruning Roots
  • How to root prune
  • Pruning Roses
  • Pruning Different Types of Roses
  • Wisteria Pruning
  • Pruning Lavender
  • Set Reading

8 Lawns and Surfacings

  • Gradients
  • Maximum Grades for Several Uses
  • Surfacings
  • Paving
  • Paving Tips

9  Furnishing and Features

  • Factors to Consider When Choosing and Designing Features
  • Layout Problems With Playground Structures
  • Edging and Garden Borders
  • Fencing
  • Hedging
  • Garden Art
  • Framing the View
  • Paintings
  • Pots
  • Sculpture
  • Water

10 Developing Your Garden

  • Outdoor Living Areas
  • Gardens for Children
  • Garden Pavilions
  • Minimising Fire Hazards
  • Set Reading 

N.B. Each lesson is concluded with a self-assessment, set task and written assignment, which is marked and graded by your personally assigned mentor.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 

Yellow rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
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 A)
Interest and Hobby Course Details - Option 1Your fee includes your course materials, plus mentor support throughout. You will be required to undertake further research (set tasks) to cement your learning and then to submit written assignments. These will be marked and graded by your mentor and then sent back with helpful and constructive comments. On completion you will receive a Certificate of Attainment issued by ADL.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)
Interest and Hobby Course Details - Option 2Your fee includes your learning materials, plus mentor support when you need it. Completion of further research (set tasks) is optional, but advisable to cement your learning. There are no written assignments to submit and no certificate is issued. You can change to option 1 at any time by paying the £100 difference.
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Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. 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 Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
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