Course Overview


Spring term: Saturday 1, 15, 29 February and 7, 1428 March 2020


6 Saturdays


Pauline Caroline Jones


This comprehensive and inspiring taster course presents an opportunity for both the amateur and more experienced gardener to gain an insight into the world of garden design.

Students will be guided through a design project from concept through to completion and at the end of the course there will be an informal appraisal of each others work.

Classes are informal and collaborative, delivered through a combination of illustrative slides, workshops and practical sessions, with informative handouts for future reference.  Pauline is passionate about her subject, enjoys sharing knowledge and encourages her students to do the same.


  • Surveying techniques: Baseline measurements, offsets, triangulation, measuring curves. Drawing up an accurate survey: Deciding on a scale, plotting dimensions, transferring measurements.
  • Design theory and practice: Definition and explanation of each principle, its purpose and how it is achieved in garden design: Unity and contrast, scale and proportion, spatial division, light and shade, texture, colour theory, influences of time, iconology, focal points, and illusion.
  • Design development – Stages in the development of design drawings: Using the bubble diagram and working with the grid system as design tools. Designing with shapes, lines and patterns: Explanation of how shapes, lines and patterns can be effective in the design process. Movement and repose, manipulating space, combining shapes, using themes. Character and direction of lines. Composition, rhythm and repetition of patterns.
  • The principles of planting and colour theory. Definition and explanation of each principle, its purpose and how it is achieved in garden design: Scale, proportion, shape, form, texture, light Colour theory: Colour saturation, tone, light distribution, the colour wheel.
  • Basic presentation and draughting techniques. Basic plan layout: Title block, information panel, north point. Draughting techniques: Lettering, line hierarchy, landscape symbols.