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Planning Layout And Construction Of Ornamental Gardens

Price: £340.00Course Code: BHT242 CLD
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Planning Layout And Construction Of Ornamental Gardens

Planning Layout & Construction of Ornamental Gardens course online.


This is a great course for landscape consultants, garden designers, horticultural advisors, project managers, or anyone else who works with landscapes and needs to improve their ability to survey, evaluate and plan development work on a site.

Every site has a unique set of micro climatic and soil conditions. Other factors such as the site’s exposure to traffic, pests and disease, will also be unique. All of these things are relatively uncontrollable; although the way the landscape is designed will impact on these characteristics as well.


    Planting large plants can modify existing microclimates by buffering temperature fluctuations, changing light intensities etc.
    Changing contours can alter soil temperatures, soil moisture, exposure to light, as well as drainage patterns, etc.
    Treatments of surfaces can change drainage characteristics, soil conditions,
    Buildings, drainage pipes, services (electricity, gas etc)can be affected by the nature and type of landscape treatment
    Some styles of landscape are going to cause greater changes to a landscape than others.


Learning Goals: Planning Layout & Construction Of Ornamental Gardens BHT242
  • Explain how to conduct a site appraisal and interpret the results. Conduct risk assessments associated with planning layout and construction of ornamental gardens
  • Produce and interpret site plans and specifications using basic survey measurements.
  • Explain how site characteristics may influence choice of garden design style
  • Evaluate and explain the contribution made by hard landscape features to design and function
  • Describe the practical procedures for setting out a site to scale plans and drawings
  • Describe and explain the reasons for correct soil moving and storage during construction works
  • Explain the factors which determine the design and specification of land drainage systems and describe procedures for setting out and installing land drainage
  • Explain requirements for a range of ground preparation techniques for different landscape features
  • Specify a range of materials and outline procedures for construction of paths and patios
  • Specify a range of materials and outline procedures for construction of Steps, Ramps, Dwarf Walls and Fences


Lesson Structure: Planning Layout & Construction Of Ornamental Gardens BHT242

There are 10 lessons:

1  Site Appraisal, Interpretation and Risk Assessment

  • Introduction: Prior Site Use, Tree Data Required, Influence of Trees on Buildings, Influence of Trees on Atmosphere, Species Suitability, Planning Considerations, Tree Root Protection, Consider Roots and Construction, Building/Construction Data to Collect 
  • Child-Proofing a Garden: Designing a Safe Garden Environment for Children
  • Slippery Slime Control: Solutions for Slippery Surfaces, Temporary Solutions
  • Risk Assessment of a Landscape Construction Site: The Area(s) and People That May Be At Risk, The Risks, The Consequences of an Event Happening, The Adequacy of Existing Controls, A Rating of the Consequence, Likelihood and Level of Risk
  • Keeping a Work Site Safe 

2  Preparing Site Plans and Specifications

  • Base Plan: Scale, Topographic Plan
  • Design Drawing: Drafting Brushes, How Much Detail in a Plan?
  • Completed Designs/Plans: Examples

3  Influence of Site Characteristics

  • Introduction: Examples, High Impact Changes
  • The Environment of Balconies and Verandahs
  • User-Friendly Gardens: Seating, Shelters
  • Providing Shade: The Sun’s Path and Its Affect on Shade, Determining Shadow Length, How to Make the Backyard Warmer 
  • Paths
  • Garden Features: Entries, Exits and Gateways, Fragrant Trees and Shrubs, Potager and Picking Gardens, Gardens with a Sense of Mystery
  • Focal Point Ideas
  • Gardens for Children
  • Dry Gardens: Dry Garden Design, Where Do We Have Dry Garden Areas? Desert Landscapes, Xeriscapes, Cacti and/or Succulents, Australian Bush Garden, Minimalist Landscapes
  • Extending the Garden Potential: Bringing the Garden Inside 

4  The Use of Hard Landscape Features

  • Hard Surfacing: Laying Pavers, Concrete
  • Concrete Mixes
  • How Long Does Concrete Take to Set?
  • Pebble Gardens
  • Fencing: The choices, Inexpensive Fences, Tips for Building a Timber Fence, Deciding on the Style of Fence
  • Stone Walls
  • Rockeries: Rockery Ideas, Artificial Rocks
  • Planning for Children's Play: Features, Protecting the Garden from Children, Designing the Garden for Children, Plants to Avoid, Play Equipment for Different Ages, Recommended Play Surfaces, Sand pits, Cubbies/playhouses, Surfaces for Play Equipment

5  Setting out a Site to Scale Plans and Drawings

  • Introduction: Rules of Planning
  • Surveying Techniques: Triangulation, Slope, Direct Contouring, The Grid System
  • Levelling Terms: Levelling Procedure

6  Soil Handling and Storage

  • Introduction
  • Type of Earth
  • Ease With Which It Is Handled
  • Slope Stability
  • Angle of Repose
  • Optimum Gradient
  • Soil Types and Foundations: Watch the Water Table, Try to Maintain Vegetation Cover Where Possible
  • Developing a Grading Plan
  • Required Grading Drawings, Grading Operations
  • Filling
  • Doing the Earthworks
  • Earth Moving Machinery
  • Use of Experienced Operators
  • Cost of Earthworks

7  Land Drainage Systems

  • Drainage: How Much Drainage is Needed? Typical Permeability Rates, Solving Drainage Problems
  • Creating a Drain Pit
  • Drainage Design: Draining Lawns (Including Sports Grounds), Springs and Under-ground Water Courses, What a Landscaper Should Know about Drainage
  • Sun Surface Drainage: Layout of Drains, Outlet, Gradients, Distance between Drain Pipes, Depth of Drains
  • Types of Drains: Laying the Drain
  • Rain Water Harvesting and Storage
  • Bore Water
  • Grey Water
  • Diverting Storm Water: Water Quality

8  Ground Preparation Techniques

  • Working Soil: Why is Some Soil Hard?
  • Choosing Cultivation Equipment: Manual Equipment, Mechanical Equipment
  • Making Garden Beds - The Variables: Raised Beds, Sunken Gardens, No Dig Garden Beds – One Method
  • Earthmoving: Moving Existing Earth, Importing Soil, Buying Soils
  • Shaping Sloping Ground 

9  Construction of Paths and Patios

  • Paths: Build a Solid Foundation, Soft and Hard Paths, Load Bearing Capacity
  • Paving: The Effect of Paving Designs, Paving a Slope
  • Paving Maintenance: Reviving Old Paving, Slippery Surfaces, Cleaning Paving
  • The Veranda: Roofing, Container Plants on the Veranda
  • Building a Timber Deck: Foundations, Support
  • Decking Materials: Handrails/Balustrades, Steps
  • Decking Around Pools
  • Paints, Stains and Preservatives: Painting and Staining the Deck, Preservatives, Clear Finishes, Paints and Stains, Tips, Preparation, Application Tips, Safety
  • Heavy Work (Safety Techniques): Manual Lifting, How to Lift, Other Ways to Lift, Using Machines to do the Heavy Work

10 Construction of Steps, Ramps, Dwarf Walls and Fences

  • Changing Levels - Step By Step: Types of Steps, Part of a Step, Designing the Steps, Materials
  • Ramps
  • Railings
  • Retaining Walls: Construction Materials
  • Types of Retaining Walls: Brick, How to Build a Brick Wall, Drainage, Timber, Concrete, Stone, Clay, Recycled Rubber
  • How to Render a Wall: Render Mixes, Wet Walls
  • Fencing: Solid Fence, Open Fence
  • Fencing Materials: Timber, Lattice, Stone, Brick, Wire, Steel or Aluminium Sheets, Star Pickets and Wire Mesh/Strand, Cast-Iron Lattice, Clear Perspex



Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson . Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of these excellent teachers. Here are their credentials:

Susan 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.

Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and 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.

She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.


Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;


Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.



Course Info
Course StartAnytime,Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBHT242
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Planning Layout & Construction of Ornamental Gardens
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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