Best Garden Design Courses

Find the best online Garden Design Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Garden Design Courses.

Fundamentals of Garden Design

An Introduction to Landscape Architecture and Design

Created by Rob Littlepage - Landscape Architect & Educator

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Students: 10002, Price: $49.99

Students: 10002, Price:  Paid

This is a beginner/intermediate level course in landscape Architecture and Design.

Landscape design is more than selecting plants for a project, it is the integration of all the elements and spaces that affect our outdoor living environment.  In this course you will be introduced to the objectives and principles that are essential to developing a strong design solution for either yourself or for a paying client, all the while you'll be introduced to new garden and design ideas to help grow your design company.  With lessons covering how to interview the client, design contracts, form composition and selecting a design approach this course is a comprehensive and in-depth journey into the world of truly creative landscape design.  

Because I have students taking this course from all over the world with a wide range of climates and plant palettes this is NOT a course on planting design.  The basic concepts of how plants can be used within the landscape are discussed, but individual plant species and their use or placement will not be addressed.

The practical skills of drafting to scale, and site surveys will be explained. Finally, how to take these skills, draw your garden design and create a conceptual garden plan for yourself, family or client will be covered in detail.

This is a course on garden design - not gardening.  It is also NOT  a course using computer aided design (CAD).  The instruction will be in using pen, ink and paper - what I believe is the starting point for all design even if you choose to use a computer program later on.  CAD is simply a tool, but if you do not know the basic principles and objectives of design, CAD won't help you.  You'll simply do poor designs faster!

The conceptual plan is the starting point for any design project, opening discussion and refining the plan before construction drawings are prepared and it is this approach to design that I will be explaining, demonstrating and clarifying for the student.

What you will get out of this course:

74 lectures walking you through the entire process of creating a conceptual garden plan including garden design basics

Approximately 7 hours of instruction

Lifetime access to the instructor for advice, plan critique, contract review and encouragement

Lifetime access to  the course and resources

30-day, money back guarantee

Certificate of Completion when you've finished the Course

Pure and practical advice

Personal guidance and mentoring from someone (me!) who has been designing and creating gardens for over 35 years

   

Design your Garden using SketchUp

An effective guide to create amazing 3D garden designs for yourself or for your clients.

Created by Daniel Moreno - Architect and Real Estate Analyst

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Students: 3710, Price: $24.99

Students: 3710, Price:  Paid

Design your Garden using Sketchup will give you the tools to create amazing gardens: SketchUp 3D modeling software complemented with landscape design principles.

If you are a gardener, a landscape architect, or you just like gardening in your house, Design your Garden using SketchUp will show you how to implement this principles in a 3D model to create professional designs.

SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design.

Because of its simplicity, SketchUp can be used by anyone of any age. The only requirement is having the skills and an enormous desire to learn.

Contents

  • The first section of Design your Garden using Sketchup is focused on the installation of the software, setting up the 3D Workspace and getting familiar with the Basic Tools. This course was recently updated to SketchUp 2021.

  • The second section of Design your Garden using Sketchup is focused on building the Sample Site, where you're going to work in. In this section you are going to get acquainted with the 3D Warehouse (a large virtual library where you can find all kinds of 3D material to download and use in your SketchUp models), and with the housing project that I preapared just for you!

  • The third section of Design your Garden using Sketchup is focused on the Landscape Design Principles, applied to a sample house backyard. In this section you will learn how to give your garden Distribution and Structure according to Sun Position and Shadows given from the Sketchup's Geo-Location Tool.

  • The fourth section of Design your Garden using Sketchup is focused on the Design itself. In this section you are going to learn how to make a Garden’s Masterplan (schematic design based on the need and use of your space). After this, you are going to learn in detail how to design and model the Garden's Paths, where to put your Plants, how to model your Terrace and and where you can put your Swimming Pool.

When you have finished Design your Garden using Sketchup you will be able to create wonderful Garden Designs and you will be ready to improve your own garden or get some clients to improve their's.

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"Very educational for users who don't have previous experience. The instructions are very clear and allow you to know basic and intermediate fundamentals of SketchUp, made absolutely for beginners".

(Sebastián Rodriguez)

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"Personally, I consider that this course teaches the basic notions of how to use SketchUp, focusing on understanding the basic tools to generate landscape projects and create new ones from this starting point, congratulations! Totally recommended, the teacher shows good dedication and excellent explanations!".

(Camilo Urrutia)

Beginner’s Guide to Garden Design

Garden Design and Landscaping

Created by Stewart Roberts - Garden Designer

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Students: 663, Price: $19.99

Students: 663, Price:  Paid

This course is for people that wish to acquire a good basic knowledge of garden design using professional techniques and handouts that are easy to understand. 

The course uses the Principles of Garden Design and is presented by Dean Blunkell a qualified Garden Design Tutor, the methods he uses are comparable to learning Garden Design in a classroom space with all the extra resources and knowledge you will need to achieve this.

How to Create a Sucessful Planting Scheme

Garden Design

Created by Stewart Roberts - Garden Designer

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Students: 266, Price: $19.99

Students: 266, Price:  Paid

This course will take you through putting together you own garden planting scheme using basic but

professional industry methods with basic equipment.

It is set out in easy to follow sections with full support using handouts video lectures and assignments to get

you familiar with how garden design works in a real garden space.

Floral Design: Flower Arrangements for Container Gardens

Create easy, stunning flower arrangements and be the talk of the neighborhood with your gorgeous composition of flowers!

Created by Amanda W - Instructor

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Students: 210, Price: $49.99

Students: 210, Price:  Paid

Floral design/flower arrangements in containers can take an average looking house and make it really come alive (literally, the flowers are alive!). With minimal time and effort - much less than creating entire beds and planting flowers in the ground - you can create dazzling flower displays in containers and make your property look professionally crafted. And well, it will be. You're going to be the professional!

Imagine with me. It's springtime. Everyone is looking forward to the warm weather. The birds chirping melodiously. The grass turning back to the vibrant green of summer. The trees and flowers showing off their beautiful blooms. And then there's your neighbors. Yes, you know the ones. Their yards seem perfectly manicured from Day 1 of Spring and you feel inadequate at making the outside of your home look just as stunning.

Sure, it's nice looking at your neighbor's yard. But you want to create that beauty around the exterior of your own home. You want to WOW your friends and family as they approach your dwelling. You want the satisfaction of cultivating your own strikingly impressive and charming array of flowers and foliage.

What's that, you say? You don't know anything about flowers? You don't know where to begin? I've got good news for you, my friend. This course is made to help! You can make just as breathtaking and eye catching flower arrangements in your own container garden and I'm going to show you how.

In this course, I will go over everything you need to know from purchasing flowers to planning and planting to maintaining the beauty of your containers all summer long.

This course is backed by a no risk 30 day money back guarantee.

I can't wait to see you inside!

To start your flower arrangement, container garden adventure click the Enroll Now button on the top right hand side of this page.

See you on the other side!

Aquaponic System Farming and Gardening Design Course

Crash Course: Study, design and build your own aquaponics system, farm or garden, grow plants and fish together!

Created by Sushant Madaan - Aquaponic Farming

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Students: 161, Price: $24.99

Students: 161, Price:  Paid

Welcome to the course of aquaponic farming! and learn about intriguing concepts combining aquaculture (raising fish in captivity) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil).

The course is based on my learnings that I gained while studying scattered information on aquaponics from various sources and implementing it in my project “Urban Kheti”. The project successfully made its mark in India as first-of-its-farm in North India, featured in short documentary on aquaponics by Down to Earth,available of YouTube titled “Aquaponics can be a profitable agriculture technique for Indian Farmers”. The project also featured on various international and national news platforms such as The Times of India, The Hindu, Punjab Kesari,Dainik Jagran, Better India, Hortidaily etc.

The lectures in this tutorial are in the form of Audio/Presentation mashup. What that means is that you will see a video of power point slides with my voice over. You don’t have to do anything – the slides will appear at the right time with right concepts.

The course will provide you with basic understanding in following topics and encourage you to innovate and build your own system:

- Introduction to aquaponics

- Water Chemistry

- Aquaponic components

- Design of fish tank, mechanical filter, biofilter, sump and hydroponic systems

- Management of farm and troubleshoot of problems and solutions.

The lectures will end with some handy literature and useful resources as you embark on an aquaponic journey.

Landscape Design – Create a Design for Your Own Garden

Learn the garden design process to create drawings and designs for you garden

Created by Robert Pavlis - Instructor in all things gardening

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Students: 93, Price: $49.99

Students: 93, Price:  Paid

Do you look at your garden and think, that's kind of boring!

Do you want to create a better looking garden but don't know how to start the process?

Do you ask yourself why some gardens seem so special?

If you answered yes to these questions then this course is for you.

This course will guide you through the process of creating an exciting garden design for yourself. You will watch me go through the process with a sample garden, step by step, and then repeat the process with your garden.

I am a big believer in learning the "WHY" and not just the "HOW". I'll not only show you what I do, but also explain why I am doing it. Once you understand the why, the how becomes so much easier to learn and understand.

THIS COURSE WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Evaluating your current garden and creating a site survey for it.

  • The Landscape Design Workbook will help you develop the all important wants and needs list

  • You will learn how to use the internet to get great design ideas.

  • How to use shapes to create innovative designs

  • I'll show you how to create a final landscape design

At the end of the course you will have a garden design that is ready to implement.

BONUS:

Free Landscape Design Workbook.

I SHARE A LIFE TIME OF EXPERIENCE

The information in this course is an accumulation of professional training and over 40 years of practical experience. I'll not only give you the technical information, but I will also provide you with my personal insights. You will learn things that took me a lifetime to learn by trial and error.

WHY YOU SHOULD ENROLL TODAY

If you are still reading this page, you have a desire to improve the design of your garden. The only thing holding you back is a lack of knowledge and perhaps a bit of fear of the unknown. It is time to take the plunge and enter a new chapter in your garden travels.

I guarantee that I will simplify the whole design process and break it down into manageable steps that you can easily learn.

But this will only happen if you take the first step - Start the course today. Your plants will love you for it!

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR SUCCESS

See you inside!

Robert

Landscape Design Ideas – Create a Better Looking Garden

Learn basic design concepts while visiting various gardens including my own 6 acre botanical garden

Created by Robert Pavlis - Instructor in all things gardening

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Students: 78, Price: $19.99

Students: 78, Price:  Paid

Do you look at your garden and think, that's kind of boring!

Do you want to create a better looking garden but don't know how to start the process?

Do you ask yourself why some gardens seem so special?

If you answered yes to these questions then this course is for you.

This course will show you tricks that professional landscape designers use to create better spaces. It will show you lots of examples both from my garden and others so that you can really understand the design principals.

I am a big believer in learning the "WHY" and not just the "HOW". Once you understand the why, the how becomes so much easier to learn and understand. In this course I will explain design principals and then show you why they work so you know when and when not to use them.

THIS COURSE WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Design principals such as focal points, elevation, hidden destinations

  • I'll show you ways to make a plain pathway into something really special

  • Tricks to make a small space look bigger

  • How to select and place art to best effect

  • I'll explain some of the though processes I use to design my 6 acre botanical garden

BONUS:

Free ebook called 24 1/2 Garden Design Ideas, where I show you how to use the neighborhood to get great design ideas.

I SHARE A LIFE TIME OF EXPERIENCE

The information in this course is an accumulation of professional training and over 40 years of practical experience. I'll not only give you the technical information, but I will also provide you with my personal insights. You will learn things that took me a lifetime to learn by trial and error.

WHY YOU SHOULD ENROLL TODAY

If you are still reading this page, you have a desire to improve the design of your garden. The only thing holding you back is a lack of knowledge and perhaps a bit of fear of the unknown. It is time to take the plunge and enter a new chapter in your garden travels.

I guarantee that I will simplify the whole design process into manageable steps that you can easily learn.

But this will only happen if you take the first step - Start the course today. Your plants will love you for it!

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR SUCCESS

See you inside!

Robert

Sketchup for garden design

Master Sketchup to render 3D garden

Created by Nicolas Forgue - Web entrepreneur and graphic designer

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Students: 59, Price: $89.99

Students: 59, Price:  Paid

SketchUp

Sketchup is a powerful 3D modeling tool with robust functionality that allows designers to explore and communicate projects, import and export various file formats, and create interactive presentations. It is a software widely used in the world, in particular by architects, landscapers but also for the presentation of events, the design of 3D objects ... Sketchup is very interesting for garden design because it allows to model a 3D garden project. With this software, it will be possible to give an overview of a project with a 3D model to scale. We can thus create step by step a garden, starting from a plan, by positioning the structural elements of the arrangement, by adding materials, plants, decorations.

Advantages of Sketchup

- SketchUp is simple, fast and intuitive software compared to other 3D modeling software.

- You can already make simple models after only a few hours of learning.

- SketchUp allows you to produce models made up of few faces.

- Due to its non-parametric modeling principle, SketchUp is suitable for a large number of uses.

- It has a large collection of free components with the 3D Warehouse to import plants, decorations or even furniture.

- It is possible to create complete garden projects.

- There are a large number of plugins, many of which are free like Twilight Render to create realistic renderings.

Training course

In this course you will learn how to use Sketchup from the start and use it for landscaping. We will thus see all the tools step by step and then adapt them for the creation of garden. We will thus see concrete examples such as a project to develop a small garden or a project with decorative pots. I will show you how to use the free Twilight Render plugin to create a more realistic rendering of your project.

Plant Drawings and Illustrations in Garden Design

For a Garden Plan or Garden Design Schemes

Created by Stewart Roberts - Garden Designer

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Students: 22, Price: $19.99

Students: 22, Price:  Paid

This course is aimed at improving your drawing and Illustrations skills when it comes to Garden and Planting design,

this includes how to produce Trace Drawings and Inspirational/Mood Boards to help you present your ideas.

The ideas and techniques presented can help you improve your drawing and illustrations skills and give you a better idea

how planting and the visual image relate to plans and presenting those plans, either on a professional or personal level.