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Cottage Garden Design 100 Hours Course
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Cottage Garden Design Online Course
Design beautiful landscapes with our Cottage Garden Design online Course
Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation.
- Be aware of your clients’ or your own ability to maintain a cottage garden and design it accordingly, by using the most appropriate plants and features to keep to what is manageable
- Ensure that only good quality soil is used in order to provide a good foundation for plant growth and health
- Carefully plan what plants to use and where to plant them to get the most out of every cottage garden you design. Each one will have it’s own natural features to be taken advantage of to create a unique garden, plus individual challenges to be overcome
- Use strong hardy plant varieties that will have a better chance of becoming established, so that the beauty and practicality of the finished project is maintained long-term
- Maintain moisture levels, keep the garden neat and more organised, plus practice good weed control with “Mulching”, using organic materials such as bark, compost and leaf mold.
- Plan to water only where required and make the process hands free. An automatic watering system employing a drip drip drip effect, rather than a blanket soaking of everything, will use less water and be better for the environment
Lesson Structure: Cottage Garden Design BHT110
There are 8 comprehensive lessons
- What is a cottage garden?
- Guidelines for using plants in cottage gardens
- Understanding plant names
- The Binomial System
- Writing botanical names
- Monocotyledons Vs Dicotyledons
- Plant Families
- Pronunciation of plant names
- Principles and elements of Landscape Design
- Plant review worksheets
- Naming the Plant
- Describing the Plant
- Illustrating the Plant
- Example of a plant identification worksheet
- The Miner’s Cottage Garden
- Botany and medicine
- Plants in Medicine in Ancient Times
- Greek and Roman Medicine
- The Revival of Medicine in the Renaissance
- The Rise of Modern Medicine and Botany
- Alchemy Comes of Age
- Man Makes His Own Cures
- Plants Make Better Doctors
- The Accidental Miracles
- Medicines from Other Lands
- Protecting Our Priceless Heritage
- Understanding Garden Rooms
- Tips for positioning garden features
- Frame Views
- The Design Procedure
- Landscape Graphics
- What Paper and Pens to Use
- Plans and symbols
- Optional reading
- Pre-planning survey – Appraising the Site and Collecting Data
- Developing a Preliminary Concept Plan
- Developing a Final Plan
- Mix Them Up!
- The Bones of the Garden
- Selecting woody plants
- Designing a flower bed
- Correct choice of colours
- Correct timing
- Choosing compatible plants
- What is a flowering perennial?
- Types of Perennial Gardens
- Secrets of success
- Maintenance hints
- Designing a perennial display
- Getting the most out of your flower bed
- Colour themes
- Soil pH explained
- Cottage garden plants
- Blue flowering cottage plants
- Silver or grey foliage plants
- Shade tolerant perennials
- More cottage garden plants
- Large flowering plants
- Using bulbs in a cottage garden
- Garden borders
- Meadows (planting in lawns)
- Rockery gardens
- Woodland gardens
- Container growing
- Some suggested bulbs, corms and tubers
- Bulbs which grow in shade
- Scented plants
- Night scented plants
- Plants with fragrant flowers
- Fragrant foliage
- Climbers, creepers and twiners
- Shrubs for cottage gardens
- Herbs in the perennial border
- Perennials in wild flower meadows
- Maintaining herbaceous borders
- Some evergreen perennials and other perennials and suggested uses
- Supporting herbaceous plants
- Scented pelagoniums and geraniums
- Colourful year-round foliage
- Selecting annuals
- Why Use annuals?
- Types of annual plants
- Selecting annuals for different heights: Low growing (less than 30cm), Medium (30-60cm), Tall growing (greater than 60 cm)
- Scented annuals
- Scented foliage
- Colourful foliage
- Establishing annuals
- Annuals from seed, seedlings, containers
- Bedding plants
- Shade Trees
- Benefits of shade trees
- Where to plant the shade tree
- Design elements
- Colour and garden design
- Using colour in the garden
- Landscape plans: site plan, concept plan, final plan, planting plan, other plans
- The design procedure
- Plant application
- Copying nature
- Creating landscape effects
- Companion planning
- Repellent plants
- Soil improving plants
- Garden features
- Walls and fencing for cottage gardens
- Garden art
- The history of sundials
- Furnishing the garden
- General guidelines for path design
- Gravel and bark paths
- Barriers and walls
- Methods of training on a trellis
- Outdoor living areas
- A general comparison between materials used in outdoor furniture
- Garden structures
- Pergolas, pleached alleys and arbours
- Pools and ponds – Water garden design
- Water effects
- Water garden practicalities
- Plants for water gardens
- Changes to cottage garden style
- How to make a courtyard more exciting
- Colourful year-round foliage
- Ornamental grasses
- Planning for perfection
- Coherence or Contrast
- Making garden beds – the variables
- Using ferns in shaded areas
- The landscape industry: costing work
- The cost of employing labour
Learning Goals:Cottage Garden Design BHT110
- Describe the concept of a cottage garden (Part A)
- Describe the concept of a cottage garden (Part B)
- Prepare concept plans for cottage gardens
- Prepare planting designs for cottage gardens incorporating primarily flowers
- Prepare planting designs for cottage gardens incorporating a wide variety of plants
- Plan the incorporation of appropriate non-living landscape features in a cottage garden
- Describe contemporary concepts in cottage garden design
- Prepare a detailed design for a cottage garden
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Here are just some of the things you will be doing:
- Explain the concept of a cottage garden, both in historical and modern contexts.
- Explain the influence of one famous landscaper on cottage gardens.
- Explain the relevance of garden design concepts to cottage gardens, including:
- Analyse the designs of three cottage gardens inspected by you.
- Describe the steps involved, accompanied by a sequence of illustrations, in the planning process for a cottage garden.
- Develop a checklist of pre-planning information required for a proposed cottage garden on a specific site.
- Compile pre-planning information for a specific site, for a proposed cottage garden, through an interview with a potential client, and surveying the site.
- Prepare drawings to represent landscape features on a cottage garden plan, including trees, shrubs, herbs, walls, rocks, buildings and other landscape features.
- Analyse the designs of three different cottage gardens, inspected by you.
- Prepare three different cottage garden concept plans for the same site, to satisfy given design specifications and pre-planning information.
- Prepare a plant collection of fifty-cottage garden plants, which includes:
- A photo, drawing or pressed specimen of each plant
- Plant names (scientific and common)
- Cultural details
- Uses/applications in garden design.
- Prepare a planting plan for a garden bed of 20 to 30 square metres in a cottage garden style, including:
- A sketch plan
- A plant list.
- Design a perennial border of 30 metres in length, in an appropriate cottage garden style.
- Design a 50 to 100 square metre garden bed, which incorporates companion planting principles.
- Evaluate the companion planting design in a cottage garden visited by you.
- Design a colour themed garden, such as a white garden, for an area of 200 square metres or less, to suit a proposed garden redevelopment, on a site visited by you.
- Describe briefly, different non-living features that may be included in a cottage garden, including:
- Seating alternatives
- Bird baths
- Sun dials
- Weather vanes.
- Determine criteria for inclusion of different landscape features in a cottage garden, including:
- Tub plants
- Water features
- Compare the characteristics, including:
- Suitability for a cottage garden
- Maintenance, of different landscape materials.
- Explain the use of plant sculpting, including topiary and hedging, in cottage garden designs; including references to:
- Ways of creating it
- Ways of using it
- Analyse, in a report including photographs, the use of different structures as features, in the designs of two different cottage gardens, visited by you.
- Prepare three cottage garden concept plans, one each for different specified sites, which incorporate different types of features sympathetic to cottage or heritage gardens.
- Develop a brief for a cottage garden design, for the redevelopment of an established garden around an old building in your locali
ge gardens visited by you.
- Compile pre-planning information for a specified cottage garden development.
- Prepare detailed plans for a cottage garden (following industry standards), including:
- Detailed plans
- Explain the reasoning behind a cottage garden designed by you.
Your tutor for this course is: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.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,