This course will give you the basic tools and inspiration to plan your own family garden. It will begin with a look at how to assess your garden - from conducting a survey of your space to looking at specific problems you need to overcome. There will also be advise on how to put together your own design brief as well as an in-depth look at the main features in a family garden such as outdoor dining spaces, play areas and storage solutions.
The course will give information on hard and soft landscaping options, and the cost implications of different materials and design choices. The day will also include a look at plants suitable for a family garden and how to put together a simple planting plan.
Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own gardens so their specific design challenges can be addressed as part of the course discussions.
Dawn Isaac is a Chelsea Flower Show medal-winning designer who specialises in family, nursery and school garden design. She also writes regularly on children’s gardening and garden design issues for the Guardian and the Telegraph as well as other gardening and lifestyle publications.
Dawn also serves as horticultural consultant on the award-winning Cbeebies Show, Mr Bloom’s Nursery which has just broadcast its third series. Her first book, Garden Crafts for Children was published in February 2012 and Dawn is currently writing her second book on children's outdoor activities which is due to be published in spring 2014.
Dawn also writes a blog - Little Green Fingers which covers her attempts to get her own children hooked on gardening as well as giving advise and information on school and family gardening. It has had over half a million visits since she began it in 2009 and also features as the family blog on the Royal Horticultural Society's Website.
This course will take place on Friday 21 June 2013 from 10am-5pm at Mumsnet HQ, 6 Deane House Studios, Greenfield Place, Highgate Road, London NW5.
We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives.
A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.
This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.
If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.
One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.