‘Natural gardens’ are those designed using native plants indigenous to a garden’s geographic area, and they have become increasingly popular. This course is ideal for landscapers, landscape designers and horticulturalists as well as avid gardeners who are keen to create a natural garden setting – in their own backyard!
The Certificate of Natural Garden Designis an online professional development program that will teach you how to design and create a range of natural gardens from bush gardens to environmentally sustainable landscapes.
In this garden design course, you will explore the history and scope of natural gardens and develop a detailed concept plan using the concepts of unity, proportion, harmony, colour, contrast, form, tone and texture (among others!)
You will also learn how to construct and maintain a natural garden, including learning about a wide variety of plants and garden features like rockeries, water features and paths.
On completion of this course, you will know how to design, construct and maintain a sustainable natural garden, and have enhanced the qualifications of your ‘green thumb’!
Unit - Natural Garden Design
Unit 1 – Introduction to natural wild and bush gardens
What is a natural garden?
What is a natural, wild or bush garden?
Soil names and composition
Drainage and improving infiltration
Plant review worksheets
Plant collection options
How to press a plant
Plant identification sheet
Unit 2 – History of natural, wild and bush gardens
Natural garden movement
The history of gardening
Garden designers and landscape architects
Natural gardening approaches
Unit 3 – Developing concept plans
Principles of landscapes
Quality of components
Dimensions and other measurements
Studying the environment
Drawing plans (graphics)
Landscape plans and symbols
Plant representation on landscape plans
Designing a playground, home garden or park garden
Unit 4 – Plants for natural gardens
Fertilisers and planting times
Building raised beds
Propagation of native plants
Four main seed sources
Native and natural garden plants
Temperate climate wild gardens
Australian native and natural garden plants
Unit 5 – Planting design in natural gardens
Natural gardening planting design
Native planting design
Three tier planting design
Aesthetic criteria for planting design
Procedures for planting design
Tips for buying trees
Plants that take over
Arid desert gardens
Unit 6 – Garden features
Terraces and patios
Maintaining a slope
Coating mix recipes
Unit 7 – Natural gardens and wildlife today
Landscaping and wildlife
Birds and gardens
Australian native birds
Plants that benefit and attract birds
Things birds look for
Bird and bat boxes
Other plant choices
Unit 8 – Bringing it all together
Tips for natural garden planning
Advantages and disadvantages
Garden size and location
Functions of a garden
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Course materials including notes and assignments were well-structured to convey the information I needed.
S. Graham, Nunawading, VIC | Certificate of Natural Garden Design
The Certificate of Natural Garden Design course was just what I was looking for as a solid introduction to natural garden design.
Each subject provided plenty of content, and the assessment tasks provided a good way to work through and gain a better understanding of the topic. Many of the assessment questions allowed the answers to be basically answered or answered in a more thorough way if you had the time and interest. I enjoyed the course not only as I am very interested in natural garden design but the structure and content was just what I was needing.
Stephanie | Rye, VIC | Certificate of Natural Garden Design
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