Garden Planting & Layout

The planting know-how to turn a good design on paper into a beautiful garden in reality

This course is designed for learners who understand basic design principles and are able to get their ideas down on paper and draw plans to scale, but feel they need more knowledge about how to apply their designs and create a garden. Taking very much a practical approach, the focus is on the planting design and soft landscaping (ie using plants) aspects of garden design. You will learn about topics like the application of concepts, key plants, boundary plantings, focal points, tackling difficult areas and remedial work on existing gardens, as well as looking at costings and schedules for two garden types. You will also explore sources of inspiration for your planting design – from historical influences and different garden styles to a detailed study of six international gardens.

  • A practical course, emphasising planting design, that gives garden designers the knowledge to transform a plan into a great garden
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for both amateur and professional gardeners
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening and garden design experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

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