Designing With Plants Course places a huge emphasis on the role of plants in creating gardens and outdoor spaces. It focuses on learning plants, learning about their qualities and how to place them in gardens.
This are 15 classes Tuesdays over 10 months. Each class we will look at a different aspect of plant use in relation to garden design. Throughout the course each student will build up a plant profile portfolio as an ongoing project so that a wealth of knowledge and information is collected for use in future gardening/garden design projects.
The plant portfolio will be created by a combination of observation of plants growing in gardens (public/private), reading/research, photographic, plant scrapbook and a work book kept throughout the course. This valuable workbook can be used after the course as a reference and can be constantly added to.
Develop an understanding of design principles and elements of design and apply them to garden situations.
Create an awareness of space and demonstrate how plants can be used to create and influence garden space.
Create a planting plan.
Choosing plants for suitability of function, beauty, seasonality and site considerations.
Combining plants for different effects and as part of the design composition
Learn and appreciate the importance of plants in ecology and the contribution of plants to the environment.
Build up a portfolio of plants for a range of functions, effects, situations and seasons.
Course certificate is awarded to those who complete the course assignments and plant profile project. Certificates are awarded subject to a required attendance. (15 classes).
COURSE DURATION • 15 classes
COURSE INCLUDES • Course notes • Access to The Garden School students website material with PowerPoint presentations of plant collections • 15 classes with visual presentations and hands-on learning. • Simple design project scenarios • Visits to gardens (own transport required) • THE GARDEN SCHOOL certificate based on attendance and plant portfolio completion
COURSE FEE The cost of the course is €950.00 fully inclusive. A deposit of€150.00 is required to book a place and the balance must be paid before the course commences. Instalment options over 5 or 10 months available.
LOCATION OF COURSES
• The Garden School, The Nursery, Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
CLASS TIMES • Day class Saturdays; 10.00 – 15.30 • Start date: October 2018
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Anyone over 16 years of age who has an interest in gardening, whether it is with a view to working as a professional horticulturist or just to expand his or her knowledge.