Foundation Certificate in Garden Planning and Development Level 3


Foundation Certificate in Garden Planning and Development Level 3

Foundation Certificate in Garden Planning and Development Level 3
 
Course Code VHT042
Qualification Certificate
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 150 Hours

 
Course Information

Develop your ability to describe the principles of using landscaping and other specialist garden elements in the garden, landscape construction, garden design, survey techniques, specialist garden and urban planting.

There are 15 lessons in this course:

  1. History of Garden Design and Styles
    • Garden Styles
    • The Earliest Private Gardens
    • Ancient Mid-Eastern Gardens
    • English Garden History
    • The English Landscape Garden
    • Japanese Influences
    • Important English Landscapers
    • Monastery Gardens
    • Hispano-Arabic Gardens
    • Italian Gardens
  2. Site Appraisals, Basic Surveying Techniques and Client Briefs
    • Influence of Trees on Buildings
    • Influence of Trees on Atmosphere
    • Species Suitability
    • Planning Considerations
    • Pre Planning Survey - Appraising the Site and Collecting Data
    • Understanding Soils
    • Soil Texture
    • Nutrient Availability and pH
    • Landscape Plans and Survey Techniques
    • Site Plan/Base Plan
    • Topographic Plan
    • Concept Plan
    • The Final Plan
    • The Planting Plan
    • Surveying Techniques
    • Steps in the Design Procedure
    • Landscape Graphics
  3. Principles and Elements of Garden Design and the Influence of Site Characteristics
    • Principles and Elements of Landscape Design
    • Creating Landscaping Effects
    • Colour and Garden Design
    • Influence of Site Characteristics
    • The Sun’s Path and Its Affect on Shade
    • Extending the Garden Potential
    • Fragrant Trees and Shrubs
    • Potager and Picking Gardens
    • Determining Shadow Length
    • Gardens with a Sense of Mystery
    • Focal Point Ideas
    • Gardens for Children
    • User Friendly Gardens
    • Seating
    • Shelters
  4. Hard Landscaping Features and their Contribution to Garden Design and Function
    • Hard Surfacing
    • Paving
    • Flexible and Rigid Paving
    • Materials Used in Paving
    • Selecting Materials
    • Coloured Surfaces
    • Barriers and Walls
    • Creating Barriers
    • Fences
    • Plants to Grow on Trellis
    • Stone Walls
    • Garden Structures
    • Gazebos,Verandahs,Pergolas
    • Where to build in the Garden
    • Accessibility
    • The direction of the sun
    • Views
    • Drainage
    • Rockeries
    • Rockery Ideas
    • Water Gardens
    • Fountains, Waterfalls, Pot Ponds, etc
    • Using Water Features in the Landscape
    • Planning for Children's Play
    • Play Differs with Age
    • Child Safety
    • Designing the Garden for Children
    • Play Equipment for Different Ages
    • Recommended Play Surfaces
    • Environmental Sustainability
  5. The Function of Drainage Systems in the Garden
    • Symptoms of Poor Drainage Systems
    • Typical Permeability Rates
    • Solving Drainage Problems
    • Hard Drainage Methods
    • Soft Drainage
  6. Soft Landscaping Features and their Contribution to Garden Design and Function
    • Plant Selection
    • Plant Varieties
    • Colourful Year Round Foliage
    • Plants that Tolerate Poor Drainage
    • Coastal Plantings
    • Trees
    • Selecting Woody Plants
    • Deciduous or Semi-deciduous Trees
    • Evergreen Trees
    • Flowering Shrubs
    • Selecting Flowering Shrubs
    • Establishing Woody Plants
    • Planting Procedure
    • Windbreaks, Hedges and Screens
    • Establishing Hedges and Screens
    • Pruning or Trimming an Established Hedge
    • Alpine Plants
    • Selecting Annual Plants
    • Types of Annual Plants
    • Selecting Annuals of Differing Heights
    • Perennials
    • Selecting Herbaceous Perennial Plants
    • Maintenance Hints For Perennials
    • Scented Plants
    • Dry Gardens
    • Selecting Water Plants
    • Establishing Water Plants
  7. Turf and its Contribution to Garden Design and Function
    • The Benefits of Turf
    • Selecting Turf
    • Turf Varieties
    • Lawn Mixes
    • Wild Flower Meadows
    • Turf Establishment
    • Soil Preparation
    • Sodding/Instant Turf
    • Golden Rules for Laying Instant Turf
    • Drainage
    • Mowing Turf
    • Mowing Heights
    • Direction of Cut or Pattern of Cutting
    • Mower Safety
    • Other Turf Maintenance Techniques
    • Fertilising Turf
    • Weed Control
    • Preventing Dispersal
    • Non Chemical Control Methods
    • Herbicide Use in Turf
    • Turf Health Problems
    • Commonly Used Chemical Pesticides
    • Commonly Used Chemicals; fungicides
    • Spray Equipment
    • Domestic Lawn Care Program
    • Turf Water Needs
    • Understanding the Movement of Soil Water
    • Irrigating Turf
  8. Setting out a Site to Scale Plans and Drawings
    • How Landscape Plans are Presented
    • Setting Out the Site for Landscape Construction
  9. Earthworks, Soil Storage and Drainage Systems
    • Earthworks
    • Slope Stability
    • Soil Types and Foundations
    • Try to Maintain Vegetation Cover Where Possible
    • Developing a Grading Plan
    • Required Grading Drawings
    • Grading Operations
    • Earth Moving Machinery
    • Use Experienced Operators
    • Cost of Earthworks
    • Earthworks Calculations
    • Volumes of Irregular Solids
    • Land Drainage Systems
    • Drainage Design
    • Springs and Under-ground Water Courses
    • What a Landscaper Should Know about Drainage
    • Sub Surface Drainage
    • Gradients
    • Distance between Drain Pipes
    • Depth of Drains
    • Types of Drains
    • Laying the Drain
  10. Landscape Construction Procedures and Materials
    • Paths
    • Load Bearing Capacity
    • Concrete Reinforcement
    • Paving Essentials
    • Paving a Slope
    • Setting out Circular Paving
    • Curved Paving
    • Concrete Surfaces
    • Laying Pebbles
    • Building a Timber Deck
    • Decking Materials
    • Decking Around Pools
    • Changing Levels , step by step
    • Ramps
    • Railings
    • Retaining Walls
    • Construction Materials
    • Types of Retaining Walls
    • Drainage
    • Timber
    • Dry Stone Walls
    • Clay Block Walls
    • Recycled Rubber Walls
    • How to Render a Wall
    • Fencing
    • Fencing Materials
    • Supporting the Fence
    • Tips for Building a Timber Fence
  11. Constructing Rock Gardens and Water Features
    • Rockeries
    • How to Build Artificial Rocks
    • Ponds
    • Construction of a Water Garden
    • How to Make a Water Garden using a Liner
    • How to make a Water Garden using a Preformed Unit
    • Pumps
    • Pond Filtration Systems
    • Work Safety
    • Safe Work Management Plans
    • Risk Assessment of a Landscape Construction Site
    • Risk to the Project
    • Risk to the Workers
    • The Adequacy of Existing Controls
    • Risk Control Methods
    • Example of a Risk Assessment Procedure
    • Example Risk Assessment of Protected Crop Production
    • Safety Techniques
    • Manual Lifting
    • How to Lift
    • Using Machines to do the Heavy Work
  12. Amenity Bedding Schemes
    • Flower Bed Layout for Annuals
    • Other Types of Bedding Schemes
    • Shapes for Beds
    • Achieving the Best Results
    • Colour Themes
    • Get Your Timing Right and Getting the Most out of Your Flower Bed
    • Using Perennials
    • Herbaceous Perennials
    • Making Garden Beds - The Variables
    • Planting
    • Basic Planting Procedure
    • Staking
    • Time of Planting
    • Mulching
    • Pruning
    • Water
    • Popular Annuals
    • Supporting Herbaceous Plants
    • Shade Tolerant Perennials
    • Bulbs which Grow in Shade
    • Plant with Fragrant Flowers
    • Fragrant Foliage
    • Night Scented Plants
    • Some Evergreen Perennials
    • Ornamental Grasses
    • Ornamental Grasses for Year Round Effect
    • Some Ornamental Grass-like Plants
  13. Specialist Garden Areas and Urban Garden Options
    • Specialist Garden Areas
    • Garden Ornaments
    • Plants for the Eclectic Garden
    • Art Gardens
    • Plants for Topiary
    • Hedges
    • Pleaching
    • Miniature and Table Top Gardens
    • Trough Gardens
    • Urban Gardens; other options
    • Acclimatising Indoor Plants
    • How to Care for the Acclimatising Plant
    • Acclimatising Period
    • How to Help Indoor Plants Survive
    • Watering Pot Plants over Short Periods
    • Fertilising
    • Re-potting Tips
    • Inner City Gardens
    • Types of Inner City Gardens
    • Community Gardens
    • Living Walls
    • Courtyards
    • Making a Small Courtyard Look Bigger
    • Natural Garden Planting Design
    • Planting Design Elements for the ‘Natural Garden’
    • Some Plants suited to Wild Gardens
    • Wildlife in Gardens
    • How Plants Benefit Birds
    • Using Ferns in Shaded Areas
    • Sensory Gardens
    • Low Maintenance Amenity Gardens
    • Container Plants
    • Planning the Cropping Program
    • Getting the Best Out of the Vegetable Plot
    • Sowing Vegetable Seeds
    • Sowing and Transplanting Guide
    • Broad Bean
    • Beetroot
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Capsicum
    • Carrot
    • Corn(Sweet Corn)
    • Celery
    • Lettuce
    • Onion
    • Pak Choi
    • Parsnip
    • Pea
    • Potato
    • Pumpkins, Maqrrows and Squash
    • Silver Beet
    • Spinach
  14. Specialist Pruning Techniques
    • The Basic Rules of Pruning
    • Pruning and Rejuvinating
    • Controlling the Plants Shape and Size
    • Pruning Overgrown Shrubs
    • Removing Dead or Diseased Wood
    • Controlling the Type of Growth
    • Rejuvenation Limitations
    • Pruning overgrown climbers and wall shrubs
    • Pruning Roses
    • Rejuvenating Old and Overgrown Hedges
    • Specialist Pruning Techniques
  15. Adapting Gardens for Water Sustainability
    • Conserving Water in the Garden
    • Reducing run-off
    • Collecting and Storing Water
    • Water Quality
    • Recycling Water
    • Saving water in the garden
    • Minimising Plant Water Requirements
    • Irrigation - water saving techniques
    • Mulch
    • Mulch Materials
    • The Green Roof

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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