Nurture Your Garden Design Skills
Over the centuries a broad range of garden styles have evolved in different countries which represent different cultures and their values. People often wish to create a particular style in their garden because it has some meaning to them or because they are attracted to it. In landscape design, it is important to have an understanding of different styles so you can help clients to create them or you can offer them to clients where they would make a good choice.
Study landscaping for different types of gardens
Expand your business and skills by offering a wide range of options to your clients. Be original and informed.
- Learn how to design different types of gardens
- 100 hour, self paced course
- Learn to develop the best garden for your clients -a great course for anyone working in landscaping or gardening
ACS student comment: “It gave me an insight into a subject that I have been interested in for a long time. Plus it helped me in my current job with a local landscape/nursery company. It was done in a way which was very easy to understand and this helped when you hit a subject which was hard to get to grips with.” (David Painter, Landscaping III)
There are 10 lessons in this course:
Creating the Mood
Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Explain the use of colour, light, shade, temperature, water, foliage and other elements in establishing the mood of a garden.
Describe gardens from different places and periods in history; and in doing so explain how to renovate and/or recreate gardens that reflect the style of different historic periods.
Apply the principles, design features and elements that make up a formal garden.
Discuss cultural and historical traditions that contributed to the development and style of the oriental garden.
Discuss cultural and historical traditions that have contributed to the development and style of the Middle Eastern and Spanish garden.
Discuss the historic, climatic and cultural influences which have contributed to the style of Mediterranean gardens.
Discuss design styles of coastal gardens
Explain the limitations and potential of coastal sites when preparing a landscape design.
Discuss contemporary garden design styles and possible future trends in garden design.
Identify the range of diversity possible in garden design.
Identify characteristics of different garden styles including eclectic, dryland, permaculture, rainforest and tropical garden styles.
Design different styles of gardens.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
These are just some examples of the things you may find yourself doing:
- Visit different gardens to assess the mood of each garden. Take time to observe each garden and try to identify the different elements that contribute to the garden mood.
- Observe how colour has been used in the three different gardens. Observe the colours of both plants and hard surfaces, and the way the colours have been combined.
- Visit an historic garden in your area. Identify different features that make this an historic garden.
- Visit a formal garden in your area. Identify features that make this a formal garden.
- Visit an oriental garden either in person or by research.
- Search for more information on gardens that reflect the styles.
- Make notes of anything you find which is interesting and could be used in development of a Mediterranean style of garden in the locality in which you live.
- Visit a coastal region near where you live and observe the type of plants that are growing near the seashore. Also observe the plants and design elements of nearby gardens. (If you are unable to visit a coastal region, use descriptions of coastal sites and gardens from books, magazines and the internet.)
- Visit a modern courtyard garden (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that make this a ‘modern’ garden. How has the designer overcome the restrictions of the site to create a feeling of spaciousness?
- Search through telephone books, magazines and the internet to find suppliers of materials suitable for eclectic gardens such as pots, sundials, pebbles, statues, wrought iron, tiles, gazebos, seats, wind chimes, etc. Visit as many suppliers as possible and inspect these materials. Find out about their cost, availability and longevity.
- Depending upon where you live, visit a dryland, permaculture, tropical, or rainforest garden in your area (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that determine the style of this garden.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW
There are many elements that contribute to the ambience or mood of a garden. Colour is perhaps most significant, however the choice of plants, the quantity of plants (or no plants), the permanent structures and ornamentation are also important.
Active vs. Passive
A garden with a barbecue area, a sandpit, a swing, a pool and a child’s play house would be seen as being ‘active’. It is clear that the garden is more utilitarian. Conversely, a garden with a bench beneath some shade trees, a pond, a sculpture, a herbaceous border and some specimen trees would create an ambience of tranquillity. It is more likely that the owners would spend time resting in the garden and admiring it. It would be considered ‘passive’.
Simple vs. Complex
A complex garden will clearly have lots of intricate areas created through using many different plant species. It may have a number of paths that lead to different areas of the garden. These areas may pertain to a number of different themes. There could be a number of different focal points. It could be planted so that different plants look their best at different times of the year, so as to maintain year round interest. Such a garden may have a number of effects on ambience. It may be quite stimulating for the onlooker encouraging them to look further and more deeply into the garden. It may activate their imagination and inspire them toward their own gardening aspirations. If the garden is extremely complex, however, it may also serve to overwhelm some individuals who would prefer something a little less complex so as to be able to relax.
On the other hand, a simple garden may have few plants, perhaps a large lawn area or paved area and little in the way of features. Such a garden would be more likely to evoke a feeling of relaxation and perhaps permit the onlooker to focus on their own thoughts. If the garden is too simple, however, it may make the onlooker feel disinterested or bored in the garden and it will therefore fail to attract people into it.
Light vs. Shade
The amount of light in the garden has quite a profound effect on mood. A garden that has much light could be associated with feelings of openness, joy, elation and optimism. A garden that has much shade would create feelings of enclosure, frustration, and gloom.
Movement vs. Static
Movement in the garden can be created in a number of ways. It can come about through the natural movement of trees and shrubs in the wind, through mobiles or through water fountains. It gives an air of vitality and of life. The associated sounds reiterate this sense of living; the rustle of the leaves in the trees, the splash of the water. On the contrary, a garden that has little movement may seem rather dull and lifeless.
Other Factors Affecting Mood
As well as the compositional elements, mood may be affected through the garden theme. A Japanese or Chinese garden may conjure up thoughts and feelings associated with the orient. A rigidly formal garden may evoke austerity, power and respect. A modern garden could trigger feelings of youth, vitality and chic.
The general state of the garden also plays an important role in the effect that it has on mood. For example, a well-maintained garden gives the impression of orderliness, attention and care. An overgrown garden with dilapidated structures, broken pots and pavers and so on, gives the feeling of neglect, decay and at worst, death (compare this too with the associations with history, battles and bygone times that are conjured up through the careful placing of cracked pillars, aged vases and other historical structures).
Humour can be injected into the garden using such tings as ornaments (anything from gnomes to manikins, toy cars to bizarre sculptures), planting up amusing containers such as a car tyre or old toilet, installing unusually twisted foliage or trees with funny shaped trunks, or perhaps even pruning a box tree into the shape of a helicopter or elephant.
Mystery can be achieved through concealed entrances, covered walkways, peepholes, murals separate ‘garden rooms’.
There are indeed numerous ways in which a myriad of moods can be instigated and the personality of the owner reflected in the garden.
What This Course Could Do For You
This course is ideal for people wishing to expand on their garden design knowledge by developing a firm understanding of how to create different garden styles and themes.
It could serve as a platform for further study or be taken in conjunction with other modules to enhance your learning experience. The course is of most value to people working in or wishing to work in:
Garden restoration or conservation
Parks & gardens
It could also add to the skillset of people wanting to start a garden design business, or be of value to people wishing to renovate a home garden.
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