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      Landscaping Home Gardens

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      Design your ideal garden! Learn how to plan, lay out and construct your own home garden. Whether you want a garden which you can work in, play in or simply look at and feel proud of, then this course is for you. Topics covered include: designing gardens, styles of gardens, drawing plans, understanding soils, basic landscape construction, weeds & pests, planting & pruning, lawns & other surfacings, garden features, developing your own garden.

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      What you'll learn on the course

      Basic IT training
      Basic IT
      IT Management
      Construction Training
      Skills and Training
      Garden Design

      Course programme

      Lesson Structure: Landscaping Home Gardens AHT103

      There are 10 lessons:

      Designing Gardens
      The basics of design concepts through to understanding how to use them.
      Styles of Gardens
      Formal, informal, natural, and other themes.
      Drawing Plans
      Designing Gardens - learn how to draw basic landscape features and garden designs.
      Understanding Soils
      Clays, loams, sands - how to identify them and treat them for better plant growth.
      Basic Landscape Construction
      What is involved to build basic structures like steps, walls, paths, etc.
      Weeds & Pests
      How to identify and treat garden weeds and pests.
      Planting and Pruning
      Techniques to plant, prune and care for garden plants.
      Lawns, paving and other surfacing
      Care for various surfaces
      Garden Features: How to select and use garden features in a landscape.
      Developing "YOUR" Garden
      Special Project

      This course is taught by:

      Katie Freeth
      BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.

      An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.

      Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
      Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.

      Susan Stephenson
      BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
      City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
      Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.

      Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

      Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

      Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

      She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
      Learning Goals: Landscaping Home Gardens AHT103

      Understand the design procedure and the principles of landscape design
      Develop knowledge of garden styles through history and apply this to your own designs
      Develop skills in graphical techniques for plan drawing
      Develop knowledge of soil properties and their relevance to home horticulture
      Understand the principles and practices of basic landscape construction
      Develop knowledge of pests and weeds, and their management in home horticulture
      Develop skills in planting and pruning for home gardens
      Develop knowledge of lawns and surfaces appropriate to home landscaping
      Develop knowledge of landscape furnishings and other features appropriate for home gardens
      Utilise skills developed during this course to develop a landscape design for a home garden.

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