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After many years teaching garden design courses in Edinburgh I have added two new short courses to the programme. A 2 day garden design course is aimed at those who wish to acquire skills to design their own garden, or who are considering a career in garden design and wish to take those first tentative steps. No particular previous knowledge or drawing skills are required, just come along and enjoy learning how to do it. This short course coves subjects such as assessing the requirements of your garden and deciding what you need it to achieve for you, both functionally and emotionally. Is it to be a relaxing retreat to escape the rigours of modern living or a lively playground of family activity? If it is to be both, then discover how to achieve the balance. There are practical design exercises for you to solve and a little project to complete between day 1 and 2.


For those wishing to follow on from the garden design course and study plants and planting design in more detail, a 2 day planting design course is offered at the same venue in Edinburgh. This short course is also structured for those who are interested only in planting design and therefore it doesn’t have to follow on from the garden design course. It would aid anyone wishing to redesign or create new borders and an overview of garden design principles is discussed to allow assessment of your own space.

The courses are run at the Edinburgh Conference Centre in the mature grounds of Heriot Watt University. It offers the opportunity to view Victorian and modern planting together in this extensive campus. It is an ideal location for access from the west of Scotland, Fife and the Lothians as it is situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh and close to motorway, bus and rail links. Best of all they offer a fabulous buffet lunch! So if you want to enjoy a relaxing 2 days in the company of like minded people, learning about the principles of garden design or planting design then please come and join us.

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