ADL - Academy for Distance Learning

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

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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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