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Cottage Garden Design 100 Hours Certificate 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
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details 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. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
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. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
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.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
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.
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.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click 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. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
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.
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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: [email protected]
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.,