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Garden Design 600 Hours Diploma
Learn About Garden Design
Diploma in Garden Design course online. Become an expert in garden design. This is an effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level. It develops the student's design skills and knowledge in other areas of landscaping (eg. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing). Students will learn to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates.
Lesson Structure:Diploma In Garden Design VHT012
The 30 lessons are outlined as follows:
- Introduction to Landscaping
- Plant Identification
- History of Gardening
- Drawing Plans
- Soils & Nutrition
- Understanding the Environment
- Earthworks & Surveying
- Basic Landscape Construction
- Garden Structures
- Park Design
- Home Garden Design
- Costing & Specifications
- Trail Design
- Tools & Machinery
- Plant Establishment Techniques
- Ponds & Pools
- Rockwork & Masonry
- Lawn Construction Techniques
- Irrigation Design & Installation
- Bush Garden Design
- Cottage Garden Design
- Playground Design
- Garden Bed Design
- Land Rehabilitation
- Dealing with Clients
- Major Design Project
Learning Goals: Diploma In Garden Design VHT01
- Discuss the principles Garden Design.
- Develop a foundation for systematic identification of plants and systematic determination of cultural requirements.
- Develop an awareness of different styles of gardening, principally through the study of the history of gardening.
- Develop the basic skills of landscape drawing as well as developing a basic understanding of contracts and specifications.
- Identify soil conditions appropriate for a garden design.
- Identify and properly account for environmental conditions within a garden design.
- Determine earthworks required for a garden design.
- Consider the relationship between design and construction when designing a garden.
- Determine appropriate surfacing for different gardens
- Determine appropriate garden structures for a garden.
- Evaluate the functionality of a park design.
- Evaluate the design of a home garden.
- Develop an appreciation for the impact that design can have on the cost of a garden.
- Discuss the functionality and design of surfaced areas in a garden or park, including paths, trails and sporting facilities.
- Discuss the scope and nature of tools used to landscape gardens.
- Discuss ways that plants may be better established.
- Discuss the design of water gardens
- Discuss the use of Rock, Stone, Brick and Concrete in garden designs.
- Discuss the appropriate use of lawns in garden designs.
- Discuss the appropriate use of irrigation in garden designs
- Discuss the design of natural gardens.
- Discuss the design of cottage gardens.
- Discuss the design of children’s play areas.
- Discuss the design of garden beds.
- Identify Management skills required to be a commercially viable garden designer.
- Explain methods of rehabilitation of degraded landscapes.
- Explain methods of dealing with drainage problems in a garden design
- Discuss the relationship between garden design and maintenance.
- Explain how a garden designer should successfully deal with clients.
- Prepare a significant garden design.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Find a site to be landscaped. (It could be a park or home garden; it could be a new development or a redevelopment of an older garden). Visit the site and record pre planning information required to design the landscape.
- Find five examples of the use of landscape principles. Using sketches and written descriptions, describe the way the garden has been laid out in order to achieve those particular effects.
- Find gardens which represent three different styles. Submit a photograph or sketch plan of each along with a half page written description of the style of the garden. Explain any historical influences, including the influence of those who build to owned the garden. The gardens may be gardens you have actually visited, or can be gardens you have seen in a magazine or book.
- Copy the drawings of symbols (ie. drawings which show you how to represent plants, walls, rocks, etc. when you draw plans). Practice drawing these various components of a landscape.
- Using the pre-planning information collected, produce a design for that area. or part of that area.
- Take a sample of soil and attempt to name it using the test given.
- Obtain components of potting or soil mixes; make up different mixes and test their characteristics.
- Survey an area requiring earthmoving. Draw a plan of the area, to scale, showing the area to be excavated. Calculate the volume of earth to be removed. Calculate where it is to be put.
- Find, observe & report on some bad landscape construction work. (You might discuss a poor rockery, a wall which is falling over, or some playground equipment which is unsafe.)
- Find three examples of bad selection of surfaces in a landscape (ie. home garden, park, sports oval, tennis court or whatever). Describe the material used and explain why they are bad.Consider both the aesthetic and functional qualities of the surfacing.
- Develop a redevelopment plan for an existing park. Submit a photograph of the park as it exists at the moment (otherwise submit a rough sketch). Prepare a design for redevelopment in line with the suggested changes.
- Choose an established home garden (your own or a friends), and draw a sketch plan as the garden exists. Explain how well do you think this garden is designed?
- Find another home garden, needing either a new design or redevelopment. Prepare four rough sketches showing the stages you would go through in designing or redesigning that particular garden.
- Develop a detailed explanation of how you prepared your costing in the set task. Show the various components of the costing and explain how and why you costed it this way rather than higher or lower.
- Design a trail. It can be any type of trail (fun & fitness, nature, history, etc.) and may be located anywhere (a street, park, home garden, etc).
- Find and visit some recently landscaped gardens (completed within the last 4 months). Visit up to three different properties. Take note of any problems with the maintenance. Consider what could have been done to prevent these problems occurring.
- Design a perennial border along the front wall of a brick house
- Prepare a plan for the establishment of a large number of trees in a degraded area. This plan should cover at least 5 years. You should indicate clearly what the problem is and how you are going to use the trees to help rehabilitate the area.
- Design a water feature (eg. a pond or creek bed) for a bush or natural garden. Submit plans and a step by step description showing how you would construct such a water feature.
- Design a rockery area for a bush garden.
- Design a bush garden using mainly ferns, for a small courtyard of specified dimensions
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.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice