Garden design evening summer school

Course Dates: 13/08/18 - 17/08/18
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Alison Worster

Transform your garden and explore design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. Discover how to improve your garden with practical garden design solutions and tips to maximise the potential of your site.


What is the course about?

This course will cover the basic principles of garden design, demonstrating the main stages of the process and how to create a considered garden layout. Learn imaginative and practical solutions to improve your garden such as creating privacy and selecting suitable plants and hard landscaping materials. Discover how to get the most from your garden and translate your ideas onto paper to produce simple scaled plans.

What previous students liked about the course:
“Relaxed atmosphere and sharing of ideas amongst the group. The tutor 9Alison) did a great job of making sure everyone got individual advice, as well as taking us all through slide shows to illustrate ideas.”
“Excellent slide shows – great handouts, tutor - friendly and thoughtful and good teacher.”
“How to survey an area – analysis – drawing up the plan.”
“Very useful, got lots of good ideas. Feel more confident with designing my garden.”
“Focused and structures, well explained. For a very large subject, Alison covered the fundamentals well and answered all questions thoroughly and in a constructive manner.”
“Learning the4 technical skills and design concepts in an easy-to-understand way, which I could apply to my own garden. Very practical.”


What will we cover?

- The principles and styles of successful garden design
- How to survey, measure and analyse your garden to draw function and scale plans
- How to research for inspiration and create a mood board for your style
- Recognise and select suitable hard landscaping materials for your site
- How to use and combine plants and draw simple planting plans
- Creative solutions to garden challenges; privacy, noise, shade etc.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise the garden design principles and use them in your layout
- Draw your garden plan to scale 1:50 with site analysis annotations
- Create a mood board as your style guide for hard landscaping and planting
- Create a suitable plant list for your garden and draw a basic planting elevation and plan
- Apply design techniques to improve difficult areas in your garden.

What students have achieved on their course:
“More awareness of planting scheme – colour variations. How to begin drawing and planting.” PH
“Feel more confident now. There is light at the end of the tunnel.” CJ
“Have garden plan to take home and work on so achieved my aim.” JL
“Better knowledge of which plants will work in my space and ideas for making the space more interesting.” MR
“I feel confident to go on and design my own garden. I have learned about a wide range of topics related to garden design and now know where to go to do further research. I have enjoyed the course.”


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners and is for anyone interested in designing their own garden or as an introduction to further garden design study.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should also be able to complete simple measurements and basic calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of practical workshops, lectures with slides and handouts, informal group discussion, individual assistance and demonstrations taught in the classroom. You will be given homework including conducting your own garden survey after the first session and collecting research and images.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic drawing equipment will be provided, including scale rulers. Please bring a note/sketch book and pen for note taking. You will need a long tape measure to survey your own garden and a Helix circle template [available from good stationers and art shops] is useful as the course progresses to planting plans.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further develop your skills and interest in garden design and plants through a range of courses at the Build from botanical and digital drawing to walks and array of other visual arts courses to hone your creative skills. You can find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the Build website at

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VF451

Mon-Fri, eve, 13 Aug - 17 Aug '18

Duration: 5 sessions

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00
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