Cottage garden styles have changed dramatically over the years. In the past, they were practical spaces that were focused on consolidating a diverse range of plants in as little space as possible. Today’s styles still focus on visual appeal but with more of a focus on complementary designs, forms, textures and colours. It’s now all about originality! This course is ideal for those who would like to boost their landscaping skills or specialise in the area of cottage gardens.
The Certificate of Cottage Garden Design is a professional development course that will teach you how to design a cottage garden and apply the concepts of this design to create landscapes that integrate with a specific style of architecture or period in history.
In this cottage garden design course, you will learn about the history of cottage gardens, design techniques and drawing plans, landscape features and components, and what plants ideally suit a cottage garden.
You will also gain insights into the heritage of formal to semi-formal designs with an emphasis on flowers, vegetables, archways, arbours, statues, gazebos, picket fencing, sundials and rustic elements.
On completion of this course, you will have enhanced your landscaping skills and gained unique garden design insights to benefit yourself or your own clients.
Unit - Cottage Garden Design
Unit 1 – Introduction to cottage gardens
What is a cottage garden?
Broad guidelines for using plants in cottage gardens
Understanding plant names
The binomial system
Writing botanical names
Monocotyledons vs dicotyledons
Pronunciation of plant names
Naming the plant
Elements of landscape design
Plant review worksheets
Naming the plant
Describing the plant
Illustrating the plant
Example of a plant identification worksheet
Unit 2 – History of cottage gardens
Concept of a cottage garden
Example of an Australian cottage garden
Botany and medicine
Plants in medicine in ancient times
Greek and roman medicine
The revival of medicine in the renaissance
The rise of modern medicine and botany
Alchemy comes of age
Man makes his own cures
Plants make better doctors
The accidental miracles
Medicines from other lands
Protecting our priceless heritage
Unit 3 – Design Techniques and Drawing Plans
Understanding garden rooms
Tips for positioning garden features
The design procedure
What paper and pens to use
Examples of landscape plans
Examples of symbols used on landscape plans
Representing plants on landscape designs
Pre-planning – appraising the site and collecting data
Developing a preliminary concept plan
Developing a final plan
Unit 4 – Plants for cottage gardens
Prepare planting designs for cottage gardens
Types of plants used for flowers in cottage gardens
The bones of the garden
Selecting woody plants
Designing a flower bed
Get your choice of colours right
Get your timing right
Choose compatible plants
Designing a perennial display
Getting the most out of your flower bed
Choose compatible plants
Preparing a suitable site
Cottage garden plants
Blue flowering cottage plants
Silver or grey foliage plants
Shade tolerant perennials
More cottage garden plants
Long flowering plants
Using bulbs in the cottage garden
Some suggested bulbs, corms and tubers
More bulbs, corms and tubers
Bulbs that grow in shade
Scented plants and night scented plants
Plants with fragrant flowers
Climbers creepers and twiners
Shrubs for cottage gardens
Using herbs in a perennial border
Perennials in wildflower meadows
Maintaining herbaceous borders
Other perennials and suggested uses
Supporting herbaceous plants
Genus thymus (thyme)
How to grow lavender
Colourful year-round foliage
Annual and herbaceous plants
Selecting annuals for different heights
Scented foliage and colourful foliage
Growing annuals from seed and seedlings
Unit 5 – Planting design in cottage gardens
Prepare planting designs for cottage gardens
Incorporating a wide variety of plants.
Shade trees and benefits
Where to plant the shade tree
Components used in a landscape design
Qualities or characteristics which need to be considered
Colour and garden design
Using contrasting colours
Using opposite colours to create contrast
Using harmonious colours
Light and colour
Site plan, concept plan and the final plan
The planting plan
The design procedure
Creating landscape effects
Plants which affect the soil
Some companion planting associations
Soil improving plants
Unit 6 – Landscape features and components
Plan non-living landscape features in a cottage garden
Walls and fencing for cottage gardens
The options: choosing what to buy
Real or imitation/unique or mass produced?
The history of sundials
Furnishing the garden
Paths and selection of materials
Gravel and cobble paving
General guidelines for path design
Gravel and bark paths
barriers and walls
Timber paling, trellis, picket
Brush fencing and metal fencing
Brick or stone fences
Plants to grow on trellis
Outdoor living areas
Patios and seating
Materials for outdoor furniture
Pergolas, pleached alleys and arbours
Hedges and topiary
Pools and ponds – water garden design
Water garden practicalities
Constructing a water garden
Plants for water gardens
Unit 7 – Cottage gardens today
Changes to cottage garden style
Where are cottage gardens most appropriate?
How to make a courtyard more exciting
Colourful year – round foliage
Ornamental grasses for year-round effect
Grasses are diverse
Ways to use grasses in a garden
some ornamental grasses
Planning for perfection
Unit 8 – Assignment – design of a complete garden
Coherence or contrast
Making garden beds – the variables
Using ferns in shaded areas
Creating the impression of distance
Making walls higher
The landscape industry: costing jobs
the cost of employing labour
Estimated duration 50 hours
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