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Learn how to plan and create your own compact green space with our gardening short courses in Sydney!

Living in the urban sprawl of Sydney is great for lifestyle, food, entertainment and action. It often means though that we are competing for space and the thought of a lush green backyard or green domestic spaces becomes a thing of dreams. But that doesn’t have to be the case!

In this gardening course learn how to plan and create your own small space urban garden in Sydney. Adapt to your environment and push boundaries, get in touch with the plants around you and most importantly get creative and have fun!

Small gardens can be created for food, enjoyment, interest, improving your environment and general well being, for exercise, to build a community and to satisfy our need to connect with the natural world (biophilia). Whatever your reason, together we will go through the steps required to create your green space.

This garding course will teach you the basic needs of flora and the fundamentals of garden design planning and how to go beyond these to make the most of your small space.

Learning outcomes 

By the end of this small space gardening course, you should be able to:

  • identify the key elements that make a small garden work
  • use basic plant biology to keep your plants happy long term
  • consider the 3-dimensional space in your garden design
  • plan a garden that suits your lifestyle and its users
  • identify appropriate planting options for small spaces
  • plan for garden rotations and soil development through composting

What will be covered in this small space gardening course?

  • Garden design basics - light, soil, water, space, plant types
  • Thinking differently to use the 3D space (instead of being limited by a lack of horizontal space)
  • Designing gardens to suit the amount of time and effort available for maintenance
  • Designing to suit the needs of different users
  • Garden types: small front and backyards, streetscapes and options for street gardens, indoor rooms and balconies
  • Indoor plants options
  • Veggies and fruit for small spaces, including espalier techniques
  • Keeping chooks or bantams
  • Learn easy ways to propagate new plants. You will be shown how to take: Leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, division and which plants are more suitable for which method.

Who is this small space gardening course for?

This gardening course is ideal for beginner and home gardeners.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

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

If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

What to bring to class

  • a sketch pad, pencil and eraser
  • notepad and pen or a tablet to take notes

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Small Space Gardening Course

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$129 Limited inc GST / $97 / $103.20 / $116.10
The course fee include materials pack valued at $25. You will go home with one beautiful plant to start your garden.

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Small Space Gardening Course

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Course testimonials:

  • said: It was a good coverage of contents for beginner gardeners to design and select suitable plants for limited space such as balcony and rooftop.

  • said: Met all my expectations and more. Knowledge way better after leaving class and armed with some extra skills for my garden and a nice healthy plant to enjoy and nurture.

  • said: Loved the course. The tutor had an amazing background and credentials and really enjoyed it.

  • said: I found the practical component was more conversational and less structured (in a good way) which encouraged students to engage and ask questions.

  • said: 5 STARS

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