Garden Design

Over three weeks our horticultural tutors will introduce you to the elements you need to create an effective garden design.  In these hands-on sessions you will learn the basic techniques of surveying your garden, developing a design and drawing a layout plan.

Classes take place on Wednesdays 27th November, 4th and 11th December 2019, from 10.30am-3pm with a half-hour break for lunch.

Week 1 – Surveying and appraising your garden

Week 2 – Designing your garden

Week 3 – Graphics and drawing a layout plan

Pre-booking is essential.  Tickets will be available shortly.

Suggested equipment to bring with you:

  • Scale rule including 1:20, 1:50, and 1:100 scales
  • Range of pencils, 2H, HB and 2B
  • Compass
  • Set square
  • Fine line drawing pens: 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5
  • Circle template
  • A3 or A4 sketch pad
  • Masking tape

Helen Wood BSc (Hons) Hort, PGCE, MCIoH

Helen Wood has over 18 years of experience of maintaining and designing gardens, alongside a dual career teaching horticulture and garden design.  Helen is an experienced and enthusiastic horticulturalist and teacher, always ready to share her interest, expertise and knowledge about plants and gardens.  She has run a successful garden design consultancy for 9 years, working on private and commercial gardens to the highest standards.  Helen also works with Royal Horticultural Society Qualifications as an examiner and has an in-depth knowledge of RHS courses and qualifications.

Darren Rudge BSc (Hons) Hort, Cert Ed

Darren has spent his career delivering and managing horticultural and other land based qualifications as well as running a successful garden design consultancy.  He was one of the first recipients of the City and Guilds medal of excellence, awarded for his teaching and training.  He works as a quality assurance coordinator for a number of organisations, ensuring standards are maintained.  Darren regularly has articles published in the gardening press and is the permanent gardening expert for BBC WM 95.6 in the West Midlands, and was nominated for a garden media guild award in 2016.  Darren’s enthusiastic approaches to teaching and garden design aim to inspire and motivate, and are developed to make learning both enjoyable and progressive.