Fundamentals of Garden Design

An Introduction to Landscape Architecture and Design
Fundamentals of Garden Design
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12.26 GB
Total length :
6h 39m



Rob Littlepage


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Last updated 8/2022



Fundamentals of Garden Design

What you’ll learn

Students will learn how to prepare a conceptual landscape plan suitable for themselves or presentation
You will learn how to do a simple site survey of a property and plot it on paper
How to use different design approaches to give more interest and continuity to your designs
You will learn how the Planes of Enclosure can make your designs more interesting and dynamic
You will be shown how to color your plan for presentation and display
You will have access to bid sheets and examples of contracts for you to use in business and estimating

Fundamentals of Garden Design


The student should have basic math skills


This is a beginner/intermediate level course in landscape Architecture and Design.Landscape design is more than selecting plants for a project, it is the integration of all the elements and spaces that affect our outdoor living environment.  In this course you will be introduced to the objectives and principles that are essential to developing a strong design solution for either yourself or for a paying client, all the while you’ll be introduced to new garden and design ideas to help grow your design company.  With lessons covering how to interview the client, design contracts, form composition and selecting a design approach this course is a comprehensive and in-depth journey into the world of truly creative landscape design.  Because I have students taking this course from all over the world with a wide range of climates and plant palettes this is NOT a course on planting design.  The basic concepts of how plants can be used within the landscape are discussed, but individual plant species and their use or placement will not be addressed.The practical skills of drafting to scale, and site surveys will be explained. Finally, how to take these skills, draw your garden design and create a conceptual garden plan for yourself, family or client will be covered in detail.For those of you working in metric, you’ll want to jump straight down to Lecture 75 for a lesson on using the metric scale in design.This is a course on garden design – not gardening.  It is also NOT  a course using computer aided design (CAD).  The instruction will be in using pen, ink and paper – what I believe is the starting point for all design even if you choose to use a computer program later on.  CAD is simply a tool, but if you do not know the basic principles and objectives of design, CAD won’t help you.  You’ll simply do poor designs faster!The conceptual plan is the starting point for any design project, opening discussion and refining the plan before construction drawings are prepared and it is this approach to design that I will be explaining, demonstrating and clarifying for the student.What you will get out of this course:74 lectures walking you through the entire process of creating a conceptual garden plan including garden design basicsApproximately 7 hours of instructionLifetime access to the instructor for advice, plan critique, contract review and encouragementLifetime access to  the course and resources30-day, money back guaranteeCertificate of Completion when you’ve finished the CoursePure and practical advice Personal guidance and mentoring from someone (me!) who has been designing and creating gardens for over 35 years


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 Welcome to the Fundamentals of Garden Design

Section 2: The Client Brief

Lecture 2 Interviewing the client

Lecture 3 Interpret what They’re Saying

Lecture 4 Your Design Portfolio

Lecture 5 The Design Bid Worksheet

Lecture 6 Design Contracts

Section 3: Surveying the Site

Lecture 7 Introduction to Site Surveying

Lecture 8 Steps in Mapping the Property

Lecture 9 Measuring the House

Lecture 10 Finding North

Lecture 11 Summary

Section 4: Landscape Drafting

Lecture 12 Drafting Equipment – know the tools

Lecture 13 Using the Drafting Compass

Lecture 14 Using the Drafting Triangle

Lecture 15 Using Circle Templates

Lecture 16 Using the Flexible Curve

Lecture 17 Using the Scale Rule

Lecture 18 Using the Drafting Lamp

Lecture 19 Using The Eraser Shield

Lecture 20 Using Technical Drawing Pens

Lecture 21 Cleaning Technical Pens

Lecture 22 The Portable Drafting board

Section 5: Drawing to Scale

Lecture 23 Squaring the Paper

Lecture 24 Select the Scale Value

Lecture 25 Plotting Your Survey

Lecture 26 Inking Your Plan

Lecture 27 Triangulation

Lecture 28 Summary

Section 6: Design Objectives

Lecture 29 Design Objectives and the 3 Planes of Enclosure

Lecture 30 Space Defined

Lecture 31 Designing on the Base Plane

Lecture 32 The Vertical and Overhead Planes

Lecture 33 Materials Affect Perception

Lecture 34 Summary

Section 7: Form Composition

Lecture 35 Introduction to Form Composition

Lecture 36 The Circle and Square in Landscape Design

Lecture 37 Examples of Form Composition in Design

Lecture 38 Summary

Section 8: Design Approach

Lecture 39 Introduction to Design Approach

Lecture 40 Radial Design

Lecture 41 Arc and Tangent Design

Lecture 42 Rectangular Design

Lecture 43 Rectangular-45 Design

Lecture 44 Curvilinear Design

Lecture 45 Summary

Section 9: Allocating Space

Lecture 46 Introduction to the Front Garden

Lecture 47 The Front Garden – A Case Study

Lecture 48 Introduction to the Back Garden

Lecture 49 Summary

Section 10: Design Principles

Lecture 50 Introduction

Lecture 51 Dominance in Garden Design

Lecture 52 Repetition in Garden Design

Lecture 53 Interconnection and the Unity of 3 in Garden Design

Lecture 54 Order

Lecture 55 Rhythm

Lecture 56 Summary

Section 11: The Conceptual Garden Plan

Lecture 57 The Conceptual Plan – Its Roots and Its Meanings

Lecture 58 The Title Block

Lecture 59 The Conceptual Planting Plan – Getting Started

Lecture 60 The Conceptual Planting Plan – Plant Graphics

Lecture 61 Case Study #1 Introduction

Lecture 62 Case Study #1 Developing the Concept Plan

Lecture 63 Case Study #1 – Developing the Concept Plan Continued

Lecture 64 Case Study #1 – Inking the Plan

Lecture 65 Case Study #2 Introduction

Lecture 66 Case Study #2 – Developing the Conceptual Plan

Lecture 67 Case Study #2 – Inking the Plan

Lecture 68 Coloring Your Plan – Introduction

Lecture 69 Coloring Your Plan – Getting Started

Lecture 70 Coloring Your Plan – Example

Lecture 71 The Concept Plan vs. The Working Plan

Section 12: Course Summary

Lecture 72 Course Wrap-Up

Section 13: Bonus Content

Lecture 73 Bonus Lecture – Design Presentation Tips

Lecture 74 Bonus Lecture – Plan Developement

Lecture 75 Bonus lecture – Using the Metric Scale in Garden Design

This course is for gardeners, landscape contractors, designers and students interested in improving their design capabilities. This course has been developed for those interested in learning landscape design including site surveys and basic differential elevation surveys.,[object Object]

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Udemy | English | 6h 39m | 12.26 GB
Created by: Rob Littlepage

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