A fascinating exploration of garden design from a different cultural and philosophical perspective
Exuding peace, harmony and tranquility, and with a simple, uncluttered beauty well suited to modern aesthetics and smaller spaces, it is no surprise that Japanese garden design is becoming so popular in the Western world. This course is ideal for home gardeners (whether they wish to create an authentic Japanese garden or introduce elements into an existing Western garden), and would also be useful for garden professionals who want to tap into the growing demand for this style. You will explore the philosophical, spiritual and cultural aspects of Japanese garden design and progress through to design principles (which can differ greatly from Western concepts), the different styles of Japanese garden, plant selection, creation and maintenance. This includes considering plants and materials which work in a Japanese garden design but that can be found in and are suited to a northern European environment.
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.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
Lesson 1 – Philosophy of the Japanese garden
Lesson 2 – Components of a Japanese garden
Lesson 3 – Plants and planting
Lesson 4 – From design to reality
Lesson 5 – ‘Putting the jigsaw together’
Lesson 6 – Costing out your garden
Lesson 7 – More designs (especially for front/side gardens)
Lesson 8 – Public area designs (also adaptable to private gardens)
Lesson 9 – Aquatics (pools/streams/waterfalls/fish)
Lesson 10 – Maintenance and enjoyment
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
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You do not need previous gardening or garden design knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are 2 ways you can enrol