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Designing Small GardensTaught by Annie Guilfoyle

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One of the keys to successful garden design in a small space is creating sympathy between indoors and outdoors

Annie Guilfoyle
  • Course suitable for all abilities

  • equipment and basic drawing skills

  • how to commit your design to paper

  • You will come away with an accurate garden design!


Small Garden Design Course Online

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to create their own personal sanctuary. It inspires those who want to rebuild or restructure a small backyard or just redecorate a corner to get more privacy and atmosphere and host beautiful soirées summer after summer. This course can be a starting point to renovate an old rooftop into the new bar in the neighborhood as well as to rearrange the herb section in an existing and well designed backyard.

Annie will guide you step by step through design process, starting with where to get inspiration and how to assess your site. The next stage is surveying and analysing every element of the garden, before working on the site arrangement and the detailed design. Once you are happy with the layout of your garden you can choose and design you own planting scheme. If you have a small garden that is really puzzling you, then this is the course for you.

Small gardens whether urban or rural can seem daunting when it comes to designing and arranging the space and selecting the right plants. The size restriction may seem like a disadvantage but actually this is not the case. It is true that with smaller gardens you need to make every single element work hard. Sometimes you need to make one thing have two uses. For example a retaining wall can also act as a seat and so on.

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning garden designer with her design studio Creative Landscapes in West Sussex (UK). Her work is varied from contemporary to traditional and urban to rural. She has been the Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design and now teaches at the world famous gardens of Great Dixter (UK), Chanitcleer (USA) and West Dean (UK). She lectures in Denmark, Russia, Italy and the USA. Annie is inspired by the natural landscape, modern art and architecture and writes regularly for the premier UK garden magazines such as Gardens Illustrated and has been commissioned to write a book on the creative approach to garden design. 

What You Will Learn

  • Design principles for small gardens

  • Site survey and analysis

  • Functional layout plans and preliminary design process

  • Draft design layout

  • Detailed design layout

  • Plants and planting

Meet your expert tutor

I have a degree in Garden Design from Middlesex University and am the Director of Creative Landscapes, an award-winning design company based in West Sussex. Our design work includes contemporary and...read more

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  • After each lesson, practice what you’ve learned with an assignment

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