Lifestyle Learning Direct

Landscaping I

On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

*Create visual effects through the use of different landscape design concepts.

*Determine pre-planning information required to prepare a landscape design.

*Determine an appropriate garden style for a landscape, to satisfy specifications for a design project.

*Illustrate a landscape design through a plan, using legible graphic skills.

*Determine different hard landscape features, including earthworks, surface treatments and furniture, to incorporate in a landscape.

*Prepare planting designs for different landscapes.

*Design different types of landscapes, including domestic gardens and public parks.


Landscape Design is a multifaceted skill. It allows you to take a vision or "feeling" and transform it into a workable plan. It isn't just making a place look nice, nor mass planting, but is also about suiting the landscape to the climate, land and setting that you have to work with. An understanding of plants, soils, timbers, climate, and other landscape materials is pivotal to the success of a good landscape design.


Here are just some of the things you may be doing:

-Explain the complete range of principles, elements and concepts used in landscape design.

-Visit and analyse a broad range of landscape styles, themes and components.

-Perform methods utilised to develop concepts and to create affects.

-Identify, record and utilise pre-planning information for the purpose of design development, and to use a checklist as a guide for surveying a site for a proposed design.

-Perform site survey and client interview with the site owner/manager.

-Explain the significance of effective client liaison in a specific landscape job.

-Identify historical influences on landscaping in your locality.

-Explain the influence on modern garden design, of work by three garden designers who have been prominent in world garden history.

-Develop and compare the appropriateness of three design options for one specific landscape project.

-Draw an extensive range of different landscape symbols on paper, covering soft and hard landscape features.

-Transpose two different landscape drawings, reducing the scale by a specified amount.

-Draw a plan for a landscape, using legible graphic techniques.

-Determine site preparations required for a specified landscape site, including: *clearing/cleaning *earthworks.

-Explain the legal requirements for cleaning up after a job in your locality.

-Determine suitable timbers for construction of four different types of garden structures.

-Compare the suitability of different materials for surfacing paths, including: *Asphalt *Concrete *Local gravels *Local mulches *Timber *Ceramics.

-Collect, catalogue and determine appropriate use for different items of garden furniture.

-Design a paved area for a garden surveyed, including scale drawings and construction instructions.

-Prepare a plant collection of at least eighty different plants incorporating: *Pressed plant specimens, Scientific and common names & Cultural details *How to use each of these plants in different landscape situations uses.

-Evaluate established landscapes based in: *Costs *Maintenance *Function *Aesthetics

-Develop detailed planting designs, including plant lists, for three landscape plans, to satisfy given job specifications.

-Analyse and compare the landscape designs of numerous selected homes and public parks.

-Develop and prepare concept plans for landscape areas such as: *Outdoor living area *Kitchen garden *Courtyard *Childrens playground *Entry to home *Neighbourhood park

-Draft a series of four conceptual plans, showing stages in the design of a home garden surveyed.

-Prepare a professional standard landscape design for a client in the learner's locality, including: *A landscape plan drawn on tracing paper. *Materials specifications, including types and quantities. *Budget details.