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Course Code BHT235 Fee Code S2 Duration (approx) 100 hours Qualification Statement of Attainment
Distance Education Course
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.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
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
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
Making a Garden Appear Cooler
Designing a Garden Room
Other Types of Gardens; formal, informal, natural, resort, permaculture, herb, rose, cottage
Cottage Garden Design
Cottage Garden Features
Plants in a Cottage Garden
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
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
Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
Features of Moorish Gardens
Sense of Enclosure
Mexican Planting Schemes
Use of Coloured Gravel
Features of Mediterranean Gardens
Use of Paint
Making the Most of Small Spaces
Coastal Garden Features
Temperature, Humidity and Wind
Salt and Soil Conditions
Technology in the garden; screens, lights, water features, music
Architecture; shapes and angles, colour, sculpture
Inner City Gardens
Types of Inner City Gardens
Creating an Eclectic Garden
Using Garden Ornaments in an Eclectic Garden
The Desert Landscape
Australian Bush Garden
Cacti and Succulent Gardens
Tropical Style Gardens
Bird Attracting 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.
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.
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?
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