Gardening Know How: DIY Garden Design
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Gardening Know How: DIY Garden Design

Create your own custom garden design, using the same techniques as the pros!
4.1 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
167 students enrolled
Created by Linda Kelso
Last updated 7/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn when it's better to DIY, and when you should hire a professional
  • Learn how to create your own customized garden or landscape design
  • Understand how to clearly communicate your design goals to a professional landscape designer or architect
  • Techniques for keeping yourself in compliance with local laws and ordinances
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  • Software recommendations are made throughout the course, but there is no software or specific materials required in order to get the most out of the course.

Does your garden or yard need an update, but you don't know where to start? Have you looked hiring a designer or landscape architect, only to realize it would cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars? Or, did you get a free design from a local nursery, and noticed that, well, it left a lot to be desired?

If you want a professionally designed garden, and you like to DIY, this is the course for you! 

In this course, you'll not only learn the techniques professional designer use, you'll create your own customized design.  Each lecture includes an assignment that will help guide you, step by step, through creating a garden or landscape design!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for DIY types who enjoy home improvement projects
  • You don't need to be a skilled gardener to get a lot out of this course. Beginner level gardeners will do just fine!
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Course Introduction
5 Lectures 13:00

Learn how this course will help you create your own customized garden design.

Preview 02:00

Good garden or landscape design goes way beyond pretty flowers and shrubs! Learn how a good design can make your yard more useful and enjoyable.

Preview 02:50

When you create a design, do you pick plants first? Nope!  In this lecture, learn the role plants play in design, and when you should pick them.

Preview 02:47

Spring, summer, fall, winter.  When is the best time to create a design? In this lecture, I explain that the answer depends on a lot of factors, and give recommendations on when to start your design so you can take advantage of the growing season.

Preview 04:36

Read this important disclaimer before continuing the course!

Preview 00:47
Steps for Creating Your Custom Garden Design
9 Lectures 01:01:53

Learn how to get the most out of this course by watching this lecture.

How to Get the Most from these Design Steps

The design process starts with identifying what you want and need in your current garden or landscape.

Step 1: Identify Your Wants and Needs

A great design is about you just as much as it's about your plants! Take a landscape personality test to help you create a design the suits you.

Step 2: Take a Landscape Personality Test

Your design needs to be both safe and legal, so in this lecture we cover ways to do both.

Step 3: Stay Safe and Legal

Have problems in your landscape or garden? We all do! Here's how you can solve them.

Step 4: Solve Problems

Time to draw! Learn how to create simple sketches that will bring your design to life.

Step 5: Start Sketching

Let me guide you through the process of selecting plants that will thrive in your garden, and help you solve problems in your landscape.

Step 6: Pick Your Plants

There are lots of design options out there, from sketching to professional design software.  I'll show you some options and help you figure out what may work best for you.

Step 7: Decide on Design Software (or Not!)

Once you have a design, you need to decide if you want to DIY the install, or hire a professional.  This lecture helps you pick which is better for you, plus provides some helpful tips on what to expect after your design is installed.

Step 8: DIY or Hire a Professional

DIY Garden Design Quiz
10 questions
Bonus Content
3 Lectures 01:09

Learn more about scientific names, and why they help you pick exactly the plant you want.

Bonus Lecture: Scientific Names (Aren't as Complicated as You Think)

Some of my favorite garden design books are listed here.  They can help you go deeper and learn more about landscape design.

Bonus Lecture: Recommended Reading

Bonus Lecture: Get a Free E-Book and An Exclusive Discount!
About the Instructor
Linda Kelso
4.7 Average rating
19 Reviews
3,256 Students
3 Courses
Garden Designer & Owner of LK Landscape Design

I designed my first garden when I was 8 years old, using crayons, graph paper, and several of my dad's seed catalogs. Once I grew up, I decided to get serious about my hobby and earned a degree in landscape design!

Now I own my own company, LK Landscape Design, where I focus on beauty, functionality, and sustainability in both my design and maintenance services. My goal is to create spaces that fit a client's lifestyle, but that also provide food and shelter for neighborhood wildlife.