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Landscape & Garden Design



£60 inc VAT
Or £20.00/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
3 hours
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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Are you wanting to update your garden, but don’t know where to start? Then why not take this garden design course and learn how to create a professionally designed garden all on your own! This is the perfect course for those who enjoy DIY type work or if you are looking to create a design for your garden to ensure that you get exactly what you want from your landscape gardeners.

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Course Highlights

  • 17 easy-to-follow lectures, teaching you the fundamentals for garden design
  • Be clear on when it is best to DIY or seek professional advice
  • Gain ideas of the best garden designs and how to make the most efficient use of garden space
  • Follow the step by step lecture process for achieving your custom garden design
  • Learn what works and what doesn’t in your garden and what time of year to work on it

Course Overview

Join this course and learn how to create your own customized garden or landscape design. Understand when it is sensible to DIY and when you should hire a professional to work in your garden, also how to communicate your garden ideas to the professionals.

Instructor Bio

Linda Kelso has created this course to help you understand garden design basics and demonstrate how to put your plans for the garden into practise. Linda’s aim is to provide you with ideas for your garden that will fit your lifestyle, but also provide food and shelter for local wildlife. The legalities of garden design and creation will also be covered, so that there is no confusion about what you can and can’t do with your garden.

Course Curriculum

Course Introduction

  • Intro
  • Say hi and tell your fellow students why you're taking this course
  • Share your new course with your friends!
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Course Disclaimer

What is Good Design?

  • The True Purpose of Good Design
  • The (Proper) Role of Plants in Design
  • The Best Time of Year to Create Your Design
  • What is Good Design?

Steps for Creating Your Custom Garden Design

  • Intro
  • How to Get the Most from these Design Steps
  • Step 1: Identify Your Wants and Needs
  • Visualize Your Landscape
  • Landscape Additions and Subtractions
  • Landscape Elements Master List
  • Popular Landscape Elements
  • Step 2: Take a Landscape Personality Test
  • Landscape Profile Worksheet
  • Landscape Conditions Worksheet
  • Step 3: Stay Safe and Legal
  • Step 4: Solve Problems
  • Landscape Problems Worksheet
  • Landscape Solutions Worksheet

Custom Design: From Paper to Pro

  • Step 5: Start Sketching
  • Step 6: Pick Your Plants
  • Plant List Worksheet
  • Step 7: Decide on Design Software (or Not!)
  • Step 8: DIY or Hire a Professional

BONUS Content

  • Scientific Names
  • Recommended Reading


  • Course Quiz

Course Resources

  • Landscape Additions and Subtractions
  • Landscape Conditions
  • Landscape Elements
  • Landscape Elements Masterlist
  • Landscape Problems
  • Landscape Profile
  • Landscape Solution
  • Landscape Walkthrough
  • Plant List Worksheet
  • Vizualize Your Landscape

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Who is this course for?

  • Those who enjoy gardening and are seeking to improve their gardens
  • Ideal for people who enjoy DIY
  • Those who enjoy home improvement projects


There are no prerequisites for this course


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