Garden Design 1 - Design Principles
This course looks at five different areas which have to be considered if you wish to design a garden. These areas include the following:
1. Site appraisal: This looks at the way in which the site or garden area will affect the design: for example, the type of soil that exists or amount of exposure to the wind or even the height above sea level. Other considerations would be the position of the sun, and whether the garden area was facing North or South. Last but not least, the requirements of the garden owner will be looked at in detail.
2. Visual impression: This is a fascinating part of design, where elements in the garden that are generally taken for granted, are scrutinised: for example, how to add mystery and movement into the garden and recognising the importance of the interplay between open and closed space. Other questions are answered: What makes a garden feel larger than it really is? Why do some gardens feel peaceful and others do not?
3. Soft Landscape: This is the planting side of the garden design where all plants that go to make up the garden are considered. This will include herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees and also bulbs, corms and rhizomes. We shall also look at where turf fit into the picture, whether used in the form of a smart striped lawn or an informal meadow. Garden Design Two and Three will take this subject further over the following two terms.
4. Hard Landscape: Takes a look at the hard materials, stone, timber, brick and concrete and explores how these can be used in the garden. Which type of material to choose and to know what would look best, is a question that can be difficult to answer. Patterns in paving and heights of walls relative to the design, will all be discussed.
5. Draughting: How to put this all down on paper and what equipment is needed are necessary to communicate your ideas, will be looked at but not implemented. The drawing up of designs will be explored in greater depth in Garden Design Two the following term.