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Introduction to Garden Design

About the course

An introduction to the basic principles and practices of garden design – how to survey and produce a scale plan of your own garden (or someone else’s!). With the use of colour, form and texture explore the design opportunities of plants and materials: soft landscape, hard landscape and other landscape features while developing ideas and a ‘’sense of place’’- not just a garden!

This course is delivered in a very ‘open’ delivery style with lots of opportunity for candidates to discuss their own gardens with the tutor and share ideas with others on the course. There is also a bespoke teaching session held in the College library where candidates are able to make good use of the garden design learning materials.

As the title states this is an ‘introductory level’ course, delivered in such way as to allow candidates to gain the basic knowledge and provoke thought around the design and re design of the ‘home garden’ in particular. People wishing to look at garden design on a more commercial and practical basis may wish to use it as a starting point before moving on to a higher level course or consider a full time course at the college.

Additional Information

As some of this delivery will be outdoors please come prepared with suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please note if you are attending the September 2021 course there will be a break after the 3rd session for 2 weekend then the course will continue with the remaining 2 sessions.


Planting and Planning – the Professional Way

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden
Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden: Honorary Fellow

"My passion for gardening was nurtured at Myerscough College and I've been getting my hands dirty ever since." Celebrity plantswoman and horticulturalist Christine was awarded an honorary fellowship and regularly works with the College and our Horticultural department.

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Want to get on the road to gaining a Level 3 qualification in the sector? Or perhaps you're an agriculture employer willing to offer work placements? Contact us today!

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