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Short Course Details

Design your own Garden - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OC02CE0A006P
Year:  2018:19
Duration:  10 Weeks
Attendance:  Wednesdays, 18.30-20.30
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
Level: X
Fund Type: C: No fee remission available on this course
Tuition Fees: £ 250
Exam Fees: £ 0
Start Dates: Data not currently available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

An introduction to garden design. Re-design your garden with the help of an expert. Look at a range of garden styles and survey your garden, then use your knowledge to create a new design plan for your garden. Modules: assessing your needs – intended uses, budget, maintenance requirements; choosing a style – formal, informal, traditional and modern; the site survey – measuring size, shape, soil type, aspect and assessing the effects of sun and shade; design aspects – looking at shapes, harmony, balance and proportion; hard landscaping – walls, fences, paving and decking; designing with plants – height, form, texture, colour, year round interest.

Why Study Here 

Merrist Wood has a strong tradition of excellence in garden design. The College offers students a well-equipped design studio and a library containing an immense collection of horticultural and design books.
Within the College grounds an ongoing programme of model gardens is under construction, which supplements the unrivalled plant collection on the 280-hectare estate.

Suitable For 

For keen amateurs and landscapers with some plant knowledge who wish to learn some new skills.

Application Method 

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements 

No formal requirements.

Delivery Method 

This course is taught through lectures, group work and workshops.


Work is assessed through one to one and group critiques.

Further Study 

Apply for the planting design course or other related courses in garden design.

Additional Information 

Drawing equipment is required in order to study this course. The tutors will advise during induction.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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