Lifestyle Learning Direct

Gardening Basics

MODULE 1 – HISTORY OF GARDEN DESIGN AND GARDEN DESIGN PRINCIPLES

• Historical influences

• UK, French and US designers

• The Victorian era

• Shaker gardens

• Modern gardens

• Japanese and Chinese gardens

• Gardens to visit

•• Intro to principles of garden design

• Balance and proportion

• Contrast, rhythm and harmony

• Comparison of two design

s MODULE 2 – SOILS & PLANTS

• Soils

• PH scale

• Soil improvers

• Compost

• Soil preparation

• Plants

• Plant identification

• Scientific and common names

• Variety and genus

• Climatic conditions

• Plant size

• Choosing plants

• Pot sizes

• Plant groups

• Hedges

• The household garden

MODULE 3 – PRE-DESIGN INFORMATION & DRAWING

• Pre-design requirements

• Pre-design information

• Pre-design information questionnaire

• Activity 1

• Talking with the client

• Aspect and drainage

• Erosion

• Erosion definitions

• Water Management Risk Assessment

• Measurements/ drawing up the plan

• Methods of measuring the garden

• Example sketch

• Measuring slopes

• Preparing a scale drawing

• Structural plan

• Planting plan

• Showing plant names on designs

• Structural planting

• Further considerations

• Computer design programs

• Design presentation and title box

• Planting terminology

MODULE 4 – LANDSCAPING PRODUCTS, WALLS, FENCES AND GATES

• Landscaping products

• Soil types

• Sand, types

• Gravels

• Rock and slate

• Mulches

• Sleepers

• Treated pine products

• Cement

• Pavers and other products

• Boundaries

• Walls and hedges

• Fences

• Advantages and disadvantages

• Plant and tree screening

• Gates

• Screens and dividers

• Types of walls

• Types of fences and railings

• Gate and trellises

MODULE 5 – SURFACING

• Surfacing in general

• Paving

• Natural surfaces

• Stone, granite, slate and cobbles

• Timber decking

• Bricks

• Brick bonding patterns

• Tiles

• Concrete blocks

• Trims and edges

• Lawns

• Building steps

• Riser-tread ratios

• Step materials and designs

• Building a wooden ramp

MODULE 6 – GARDEN STRUCTURES & IRRIGATION

• Decorative structures

• Arbours and pergolas

• Arches, archways and tunnels

• Gazebos

• Summerhouses

• Awnings, tents and umbrellas

• Sheds

• Greenhouses

• Treehouses and playhouses

• Play equipment

• Seating and tables

• Statues, wall plaques and obelisks

• Topiaries, urns, sundials

• Bird accessories

• Rock gardens

• Barbeques

• Glossary of garden buildings

• Irrigation, pipes, sprays and sprinklers

• Automatic systems

• Measuring water pressure

MODULE 7 – GARDEN STYLES, LIGHTING AND WATER FEATURES

• Cottage and bush gardens

• Scented gardens

• Types of garden lighting

• Identifying lighting requirements

• Lighting features and effects

• Planning a lighting system

• Glossary of lighting terms

• Water features

• Selection and considerations

• Calculating surface areas

• Calculating volumes

• Pools and fountains

• Cascades and waterfalls

• Pumps and flow rates

• Safety checklist

MODULE 8 – EARTHWORKS, MARKING OUT AND MAJOR DESIGN PROJECT

• Earthworks

• Contour drawings

• Using levels

• Cut and fill

• Bulking factors

• Consolidation/compaction

• Coping with slopes

• Marking out

• Marking out from offsets

• Equipment and tools

• Job costing

• Estimating quantities

• Costing materials

• Work schedule

• Major design project

• Project criteria

• Glossary garden design terms