Fundamentals of Garden Design
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Fundamentals of Garden Design

An Introduction to Landscape Design
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Created by Rob Littlepage
Last updated 9/2017
English
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • The student should have basic math skills
Description

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 students will be introduced to the objectives and principles that are essential to developing a strong design solution for either yourself or for a paying client.  With lessons covering interviewing the client, design contracts, form composition and selecting a design approach this course is a comprehensive and in-depth journey into the world of creative garden design.  

The practical skills of drafting to scale, and site surveys will be explained. Finally, how to take these skills 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.

   

Who is the target audience?
  • 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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Curriculum For This Course
72 Lectures
06:19:23
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:50
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The Client Brief
5 Lectures 15:56

Interpret what They're Saying
04:27

Your Design Portfolio
03:59

The Design Bid Worksheet
02:31

Design Contracts
01:06
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Surveying the Site
5 Lectures 30:38

An overview of the basic equipment used in surveying a property

Introduction to Site Surveying
07:32

Steps in Mapping the Property
07:42

Measuring the House
09:51

Finding North
02:16

Summary
03:17
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Landscape Drafting
11 Lectures 45:49

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.

Preview 01:04

There is hardly any limit to the uses of the drafting compass, and for triangulation it is essential.  

Using the Drafting Compass
06:06

Using a drafting triangle will insure properly drawn lines at any angle.

Using the Drafting Triangle
01:56

Mostly used on planting plans, the circle template will enable you to depict plants at the proper diameter.  Combined with the right graphics and your plan really takes shape!

Using Circle Templates
02:23

Often you'll find existing pool decking, patios and driveways won't have a radius point that enables you to use you drafting compass.  In these cases the flex curve can save the day.

Using the Flexible Curve
01:51

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.  

Using the Scale Rule
08:33

Good light is essential and a drafting lamp will help you to see what you're looking at.

Using the Drafting Lamp
01:06

For fine tuning a drawing and removing only the lines you need to the eraser shield is well worth having in your tool box.

Using The Eraser Shield
01:57

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!

Using Technical Drawing Pens
08:56

Cleaning Technical Pens
04:54

The Portable Drafting board
07:03
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Drawing to Scale
6 Lectures 38:35
Squaring the Paper
02:31

Select the Scale Value
11:52

Plotting Your Survey
07:18

Inking Your Plan
05:53

Triangulation
07:45

Summary
03:16
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Design Objectives
6 Lectures 25:48
Design Objectives and the 3 Planes of Enclosure
04:08

Space Defined
02:23

Designing on the Base Plane
03:37

The Vertical and Overhead Planes
05:27

Materials Affect Perception
09:22

Summary
00:51
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Form Composition
4 Lectures 20:11

The Circle and Square in Landscape Design
06:53

Examples of Form Composition in Design
09:59

Summary
01:15
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Design Approach
7 Lectures 36:12
Introduction to Design Approach
02:12

Radial Design
06:12

Arc and Tangent Design
05:04

Rectangular Design
04:17

Rectangular-45 Design
06:26

Curvilinear Design
08:50

Summary
03:11
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Allocating Space
4 Lectures 28:53
Introduction to the Front Garden
05:20

The Front Garden - A Case Study
08:42

Introduction to the Back Garden
12:07

Summary
02:44
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Design Principles
7 Lectures 51:27

Dominance in Garden Design
07:44

Repetition in Garden Design
09:07

Interconnection and the Unity of 3 in Garden Design
09:36

Order
08:07

Rhythm
13:29

Summary
01:31
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About the Instructor
Rob Littlepage
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257 Students
3 Courses
Landscape Architect & Educator

Robert Littlepage, as his many former students can attest, is a dynamic instructor who brings real-world experience and a touch of humor to his teaching style. His love of teaching and enthusiasm for his topic is a source of inspiration to his students. Mr. Littlepage founded the California School of Garden Design in 1998 to fill a much-needed void. He discovered that other than two-year junior college programs and a few correspondence courses, there was no place in the United States where someone interested in becoming a garden designer could learn these skills quickly and at minimum expense. Rob created the School to provide an opportunity for those individuals to learn necessary skills and to become proficient in Garden Design in a short but intensive period of time. This has lead to his now offering on-line classes through Udemy.

Rob began his career as a forester and a licensed landscape contractor and has had his own design practice for over 30 years, creating gardens for clients throughout California and the surrounding states. His designs have been featured in garden design books and won awards at numerous shows. He studied garden design in England in 1994, and obtained his teaching credentials shortly thereafter. Rob previously taught landscape and irrigation design at Sierra College in Rocklin, California and at the Placer Adult School in Auburn, but decided to open his own garden design school. Landscape designer David Stevens, of David Stevens International has collaborated with Rob to present design classes in the United States and wrote the forward to Rob's latest book "Fundamentals of Garden Design" which is a complement to his course on landscape design.

He is a licensed landscape architect in California (#5674) and Louisiana (L-249 - retired). He is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) an EPA WaterSense Partner and is a certified landscape irrigation auditor.