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.
An overview of the basic equipment used in surveying a property
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.
There is hardly any limit to the uses of the drafting compass, and for triangulation it is essential.
Using a drafting triangle will insure properly drawn lines at any angle.
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!
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.
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.
Good light is essential and a drafting lamp will help you to see what you're looking at.
For fine tuning a drawing and removing only the lines you need to the eraser shield is well worth having in your tool box.
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!
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.