Nigel Philips and Amanda Patton, experienced garden designers with many years in practice, teach this one year all encompassing course tailored to those who seek a career in garden design. Nigel and Amanda have taught this class for many years, bringing to it complement skills ranging from art and plant design knowledge to garden history. Lectures by additional current designers will add depth and scope to this unique course.

An Educator Status course, the curriculum will follow standards laid out by the Society of Garden Designer, focusing on the essential topics needed to become a garden designer, including the principles of design, hard landscape projects (paving, walling and steps), three main projects (small, medium and large gardens to a scale 1:50, 1:100 and 1:200), and soft landscape projects (portfolio of trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials).

The course will be held at Denmans Garden in West Sussex. Denmans is the former home and garden of John Brookes MBE, Britain’s most influential landscape designer. Started by horticulturist Joyce Robinson in the middle of the 1900’s, John moved to Denmans in 1980. The garden combines her unique approach to gravel gardening and horticulture with his brilliant structure and lines, making it an ideal place to learn about all aspects of garden design.

Amanda and Nigel are Registered Members of the Society of Garden Designers. They will encourage students to become Registered Members of the SGD to help give them guidance after they have completed the course, giving them confidence as they begin their career in garden design where they will need to earn a living.

This course is made up of three ten-week terms including a half term in each. Term dates:

Term 1: Friday 18th September 2020 – Friday 27th November 2020
Term 2: Friday 8th January 2021 – Friday 19th March 2021
Term 3: Friday 16th April 2021 – Friday 9th July 2021

Course Fee: One payment of £5,750.00 with a 10% discount if paid by the 31st July 2020.

Enrollment Details:

Call: Denmans office on 01243 278950
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