Tea/coffee – welcome and a chance to get to know Dawn and the rest of the group
First morning session – Introduction to Family Garden Design
Dawn will give an overview of the special problems faced by a family garden situation as well as offering some inspirational ideas for addressing them. This will be followed by an outline of the grid technique which participants will be using to design their gardens
Second morning session – Practical Session: Playing with the Space
Participants will be given drawing boards and materials to begin their outline shape designs with Dawn on hand to help and guide throughout the session.
First afternoon session – Introducing Garden Areas and Features
Dawn will focus on the main areas needed in a garden layout and give advice on elements to consider such as dimensions, suitable materials, height changes etc
Second afternoon session – Practical Session: Bringing the Space to Life
Participants will return to their drawing boards and begin to translate their overall shapes layout into real garden areas. Again, Dawn will spend time with each participant and be on hand to answer queries and help solve design issues.
First morning session – Budgets and Builders, the Inside Story
Dawn will give overall advice on how to translate a design into reality including a look at budgets and how to adjust costs through use of different materials etc, landscapers – how to find them and ensure you get the best results, suppliers – where to go to find the best value materials and garden features
Second morning session – Practical Session: Detailing the Design
Participants will work on completing their garden designs with Dawn’s help, including choosing materials and deciding on all final garden features. At the end of this session the designs will be sent for photocopying ready to take home when the course finishes.
First afternoon session – An Introduction to Planting
Dawn will go through some of the useful plants to include in your border designs from good trees for small gardens to architectural and screening plants and useful perennials and annuals.
Second afternoon session – Practical session: Planning a Border
Participants will return to drawing boards to create their own small border designs for a particular situation they face in their garden – eg a shady, dry spot/ an edible garden/ a particular colour scheme etc. Dawn will be on hand to help with plant selections and layout. Participants will also be given a useful book to help with plant selection as well as information pack from Dawn on good plants for a family garden.