Garden Styles

Course CodeBHT235
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Become a Garden Designer with a full Range of Options to put before Your Clients

Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Creating the Mood
    • Active vs Passive
    • Simple vs. complex
    • Movement vs. Static
    • Light vs. Shade
    • Managing Light and Shade
    • Increasing or Reducing Light
    • Plants that Thrive in Shade
    • Garden Lighting
    • Other Factors that Affect Mood
    • What Do You Want in a Garden
    • Personality in the Garden
    • Keeping it in Scale
    • Colour and the Garden
    • Using Coloured Statuary
    • Other Coloured Surfaces
    • Psychological Effects of Colours
    • Water in the Garden
    • Hot Plants
    • Making a Garden Appear Cooler
    • Site Analysis
    • Macro Design
    • Designing a Garden Room
  2. Historic Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Roman Gardens
    • Chinese Gardens
    • Landscape Designers
    • Historic Considerations
    • Other Types of Gardens; formal, informal, natural, resort, permaculture, herb, rose, cottage
    • Cottage Garden Design
    • Cottage Garden Features
    • Plants in a Cottage Garden
    • Federation Gardens
    • Edwardian Gardens
  3. Formal Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Design Elements of Formal Gardens
    • Types of Formal Garden; Avenue, hedged beds, etc
    • Planting in Formal Gardens
    • Traditional Ornamentation; Sundials, Weather vanes, Bird Baths
    • Traditional Furniture; seats, pots, arbors, arches, gazebos
    • Formal Courtyards
  4. Oriental Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Chinese Gardens
    • Japanese Gardens
    • Types of Japanese Gardens: Hill and Pond, Dry Landscape, Tea Garden, Stroll Garden, Courtyard, Classic Rock Garden
    • Japanese Garden Features; Tori, Shishi-odishi, Moss Garden, Bamboo Fence, Bridges
    • Bonsai
    • Ornamental Grasses
  5. Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
    • Introduction
    • Features of Moorish Gardens
    • Sense of Enclosure
    • Mexican Style
    • Mexican Planting Schemes
    • Use of Coloured Gravel
  6. Mediterranean Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Features of Mediterranean Gardens
    • Regional Differences
    • Colours
    • Built Landscape
    • Plant Material
    • Use of Paint
    • Veranda Gardens
    • Making the Most of Small Spaces
    • Microclimates
  7. Coastal Gardens
    • Coastal Garden Features
    • Temperature, Humidity and Wind
    • Windbreaks
    • Salt and Soil Conditions
    • Coastal Plants
  8. Modern Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Technology in the garden; screens, lights, water features, music
    • Maintenance
    • Architecture; shapes and angles, colour, sculpture
    • Courtyards
    • Inner City Gardens
    • Types of Inner City Gardens
    • Future Trends
  9. Eclectic Gardens
    • Creating an Eclectic Garden
    • Using Garden Ornaments in an Eclectic Garden
    • Plants
    • Living Art
    • Topiary
    • Hedges
    • Pleaching
    • Miniature Gardens
    • Trough Gardens
    • Pebble Gardens
    • Art Gardens
    • Public Gardens
  10. Other Styles
    • Dryland Gardens
    • The Desert Landscape
    • Xeriscapes
    • Australian Bush Garden
    • Cacti and Succulent Gardens
    • Minimalist Landscapes
    • Permaculture
    • Rainforest Gardens
    • Tropical Style Gardens
    • Bird Attracting Gardens
    • Bulb Gardens

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Explain the use of colour, light, shade, temperature, water, foliage and other elements in establishing the mood of a garden.
  • Describe gardens from different places and periods in history; and in doing so explain how to renovate and/or recreate gardens that reflect the style of different historic periods.
  • Apply the principles, design features and elements that make up a formal garden.
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    • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that contributed to the development and style of the oriental garden.
  • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that have contributed to the development and style of the Middle Eastern and Spanish garden.
  • Discuss the historic, climatic and cultural influences which have contributed to the style of Mediterranean gardens.
  • Discuss design styles of coastal gardens
  • Explain the limitations and potential of coastal sites when preparing a landscape design.
  • Discuss contemporary garden design styles and possible future trends in garden design.
  • Identify the range of diversity possible in garden design.
  • Identify characteristics of different garden styles including eclectic, dryland, permaculture, rainforest and tropical garden styles.
  • Design different styles of gardens.

What You Will Do

  • Visit different gardens to assess the mood of each garden. Take time to observe each garden and try to identify the different elements that contribute to the garden mood.
  • Observe how colour has been used in the three different gardens. Observe the colours of both plants and hard surfaces, and the way the colours have been combined.
  • Visit an historic garden in your area. Identify all the different features that make this an historic garden.
  • Visit a formal garden in your area. Identify all the different features that make this a formal garden.
  • Visit an oriental garden either in person or by research. Search for more information on gardens that reflect the styles.
  • Make notes of anything you find which is interesting and could be used in development of a Mediterranean style of garden in the locality in which you live.
  • Visit a coastal region near where you live and observe the type of plants that are growing near the seashore. Also observe the plants and design elements of nearby gardens. (If you are unable to visit a coastal region, use descriptions of coastal sites and gardens from books, magazines and the internet.)
  • Visit a modern courtyard garden (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that make this a ‘modern’ garden. How has the designer overcome the restrictions of the site to create a feeling of spaciousness?
  • Search through telephone books, magazines and the internet to find suppliers of materials suitable for eclectic gardens such as pots, sundials, pebbles, statues, wrought iron, tiles, gazebos, seats, wind chimes, etc. Visit as many suppliers as possible and inspect these materials. Find out about their cost, availability and longevity.
  • Depending upon where you live, visit a dryland, permaculture, tropical, or rainforest garden in your area (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that determine the style of this garden.

What Style of Garden Should it be?

This course helps you deal with this and the questions that follow:

  • What sort of atmosphere do you want to create?
  • Privacy – do you want the garden for entertainment or for peace and quiet?
  • Views, focal points – where are you going to look at the garden? (The most common view is usually from the kitchen window.)  Is there a view you want to hide? 
  • Traffic – do you need room for cars? Will pedestrians trample the lawn?
  • Children, pets – do you need room for ball games or for the dog to play?
  • What sort of plants do you like?
  • What sort of plants don’t you like (eg. do you suffer from allergies or hay fever)?
  • How much maintenance do you want to do?
  • Do you want to include an irrigation system?
  • Do you need a clothes line?
  • Would you like an area to grow vegetables?
  • Budget – how much do you want to spend?

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS COURSE?
  • Landscapers
  • Landscape designers
  • Home gardeners

This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.

 

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