Garden Design Planning for Beginners - Short Courses Sydney

Garden Design Planning for Beginners

What you'll learn

Learn how to plan and create your own garden design with our gardening short courses in Sydney!

Join this class to design a garden space that works for you, and learn how to create an action plan for your garden design project. 

This course is about designing gardens for specific outcomes, like that special project that you have in mind. It may be an inner-city rear courtyard that needs cleaning up and refurbishing, that balcony storage area that got out of control, a tree square out on the footpath, or a total makeover design concept for a larger garden.

It is time to re-imagine that space and explore the potential of what it could look and feel like to live with that space integrated into your home lifestyle.

Inexpensive, high-impact, colourful, waste-free, healthy and productive — choose your key objectives in reclaiming your space for your chosen purposes.

Gardens are the ultimate renovator's delight.  Whatever the drivers and motivations for your project - getting close to nature in your own backyard, upcycling that tired old messy jungle, planning for a zero-waste garden,  converting a dead zone into useful living space — or just to be able to sit down with a sense of achievement and enjoy the visuals.

By all means, visualise your dream garden - and let this course help you activate your garden action plan and finally get to work on your project.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Planning your Garden Design: for Beginners course, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate different options for gardens in your spaces
  • Determine appropriate modes of garden design
  • Select design components
  • Develop and produce a garden design plan

Course content

What will be covered in this Garden Design course?

Session 1

Practical:    Draft a garden design plan.

  • Preparing the baseline: scoping the design work
  • Measuring and scaling: sizing up the garden space
  • Identifying utilities; investigating the drainage pattern; considering irrigation
  • Initiating a draft design plan with online software
  • Drafting a design for areas of flowers, herbs, ground covers, shrubs, trees, pathways etc.
  • Bring to class: rough measurements of garden spaces (you can obtain these using a tape measure, metre-long stick lengths, iPhone measurements)


  • Evaluation of different types of gardens for spaces, concepts, heights, areas, & volumes.
  • Appraisal of different garden types for appropriateness of design
  • Bring to class: Photos of your garden space

Session 2

Practical: Develop and produce a final garden design plan.

  • Selection of plant types (flowers, herbs, ground covers, shrubs, trees)
  • Progressing the garden design plan
  • Produce the final plan for the garden design
  • Bring to class: sketched / online plans of garden spaces with checked measurements


  • Decision-making on appropriate garden types and content.
  • Bringing together all the design item threads
  • Recognising barriers, roadblocks and limitations

Intended audience

Who is this Garden Design course for?

This course is for beginner designers, with little or no plant species knowledge; and for people with problem areas that need fixing up, who don’t know where or how to get started.  Please note: this course does not provide specific plant advice. It’s for people who want to find out how to design a garden space, and who want to bypass rookie mistakes and throwing away good money on bad product.  If that’s you, whether you are renting or owning, we can find a solution for your garden space.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • Measurements, sketch/plans & photos of your garden space, as specified in Session 1 & 2 notes above.
  • Laptop, iPad, or tablet (phones are inappropriate for design).

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