Fundamentals of Garden Design
- 6.5 hours on-demand video
- 53 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Students will learn how to prepare a conceptual landscape plan suitable for themselves or presentation to a client. You will learn to conduct an accurate site survey of the property, plot your survey to scale; ink your plan and prepare and color your conceptual landscape plan for presentation or display.
- The student should have basic math skills
This is a beginner/intermediate level gardening course in landscape design.
Landscape design is more than selecting plants for a project, it is the integration of all the elements and spaces that affect our outdoor living environment. In this course you will l be introduced to the objectives and principles that are essential to developing a strong design solution for either yourself or for a paying client, all the while you'll be introduced to new garden and design ideas to help grow your design company. With lessons covering how to interview the client, design contracts, form composition and selecting a design approach this course is a comprehensive and in-depth journey into the world of truly creative garden design.
The practical skills of drafting to scale, and site surveys will be explained. Finally, how to take these skills, draw your garden design and create a conceptual garden plan for yourself, family or client will be covered in detail.
This is a course on garden design - not gardening. It is also NOT a course using computer aided design (CAD). The instruction will be in using pen, ink and paper - what I believe is the starting point for all design even if you choose to use a computer program later on. CAD is simply a tool, but if you do not know the basic principles and objectives of design, CAD won't help you. You'll simply do poor designs faster!
The conceptual plan is the starting point for any design project, opening discussion and refining the plan before construction drawings are prepared and it is this approach to design that I will be explaining, demonstrating and clarifying for the student.
What you will get out of this course:
74 lectures walking you through the entire process of creating a conceptual garden plan including garden design basics
Approximately 7 hours of instruction
Lifetime access to the instructor for advice, plan critique, contract review and encouragement
Lifetime access to the course and resources
30-day, money back guarantee
Certificate of Completion when you've finished the Course
Pure and practical advice
Personal guidance and mentoring from someone (me!) who has been designing and creating gardens for over 35 years
- This course is for gardeners, landscape contractors, designers and students interested in improving their design capabilities. This course has been developed for those interested in learning landscape design including site surveys and basic differential elevation surveys.
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This is a list of the drafting tools and equipment I use in my office. There are other manufacturer's than the ones I have mentioned that you may prefer.
Understanding how to use the scale rule - whether it be architect, engineering or metric - will get your field measurements proportioned so that your survey will fit on your paper. In this lecture I'll discuss the architect and engineering scales. If you are working in metric and need to get a refresher on using the metric scale please see Lecture 75 at the end of the course. In that Lecture I discuss using metric scales and there are some resources and exercises available to download.
Not interested in CAD or not ready to select the software for your needs? Knowing and using the technical pen - or Rapidograph - will give your plans and presentations the professional look you're after. And, by hand drafting you make the plans your own rather than that of a computer programer!
Available for download is an example of an Arc and Tangent design. This was my first design I did while studying in England in 1994. A long, narrow backyard. This design actually encompasses 3 different approach styles - rectangular-45; rectangular and finally into the arc & tangent approach. notice how the component parts of all shapes relate throughout the design.
Available for download are 5 examples of rectangular designs showing how they can work on properties of various shapes and sizes. The two designs labeled Conceptual Rectangular are of the same property - one being a plan view and the second being a 3-D perspective. These last two have been drawn in the software SketchUp which makes doing 3-D very easy.
Two examples of curvilinear design by British designer David Stevens. This approach is best suited for larger properties where the flowing curves can be large enough to have an elegance to them. In curvilinear design I feel that the Rule of Thirds really takes hold. Start with rectangular or rectangular-45 near the house and evolve to the more naturalistic curvilinear (natural) design as you get further from the home. This will apply to paving materials as well - more formal near the house and more casual and natural as you further into the landscape.