Landscaping Home Gardens Online Course

Landscaping Home Gardens Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Why study this Landscaping Home Gardens course?

Do you want to learn how to plan, lay out, and construct your own home garden? Careerline’s online Landscaping Home Gardens course will help you achieve your landscaping goals. Whether you want to landscape your own garden or turn your interest in landscaping into a career, this course will set you up for success.

Whether you hope to upskill, become a more skilled hobbyist, or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. This course will help you understand the principles of landscape design, and guide you through the process of selecting plants, lawn, and furnishings for gardens. Your new skills will help you to feel prepared as you begin planning your next garden makeover.

What will you learn?

Careerline’s online Landscaping Home Gardens course provides an introduction to planning, designing, creating, and maintaining outdoor gardens and living areas. You will learn the basics of garden design, including site analysis, determining your style, and creating a garden room. In addition, you will study the evolution of garden design styles throughout history. You will develop the skills to draw plans for gardens, landscape using soils, and construct landscapes.

This course will also teach you how to keep weeds and pests under control in garden beds and pathways. You will learn strategies for planting and pruning plants in a variety of garden bed types. Students of this course learn how to select appropriate lawns and surfaces for different purposes, as well as furnish and accessories outdoor spaces. Finally, you will develop the skills to design and plan safe and functional outdoor living areas.

Who is this online Landscaping Home Gardens course for?

Careerline’s online Landscaping Home Gardens course is designed for hobby and professional gardeners and landscapers. Aspiring landscapers, garden maintenance professionals, nursery sales assistants, and tradespeople will benefit from studying this course. You will be able to apply the skills you learn in this course to your professional life, helping you to broaden your skillset and advance in your career.

This course is also ideal for anyone interested in pursuing further study in landscape design, garden design, drafting, or landscape construction. You will be introduced to concepts that are taught in tertiary and vocational courses. This will help you to feel prepared and confident as you continue your academic and professional journey.

Course Aims:

  • Understand the design procedure and the principles of landscape design
  • Develop knowledge of garden styles through history and apply this to your own designs
  • Develop skills in graphical techniques for plan drawing
  • Develop knowledge of soil properties and their relevance to home horticulture
  • Understand the principles and practices of basic landscape construction
  • Develop knowledge of pests and weeds, and their management in home horticulture
  • Develop skills in planting and pruning for home gardens
  • Develop knowledge of lawns and surfaces appropriate to home landscaping
  • Develop knowledge of landscape furnishings and other features appropriate for home gardens
  • Utilise skills developed during this course to develop a landscape design for a home garden.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 10 lessons in this course:

    Basic Garden Design Procedure

    • Site analysis
    • Deciding what you want
    • Creating a Concept (Macro Design)
    • What is your style
    • Creating a garden room
    • Garden room components
    • Garden Effects
    • Principles of Landscape Design
    • Pre Planning Information

    Styles of Garden Design through History

    • Formal gardens
    • Informal gardens
    • Natural gardens
    • Naturalistic landscaping
    • The permaculture garden
    • Japanese Gardens
    • Hill and Pond Garden
    • Dry landscape
    • Tea garden
    • Stroll garden
    • Courtyard garden
    • Rock garden
    • Mexican style gardens
    • Garden history

    Drawing Plans

    • Starting step by step
    • What type of garden is needed
    • Creating transition where garden meets house
    • Practical concerns for where garden meets house
    • Design procedure
    • Graphic representation of the design

    Landscaping with Soils

    • Earthmoving -moving existing earth
    • Tools for earthmoving
    • Importing soil
    • Shaping the ground
    • Settling soil
    • Understanding the nature of soil you work with

    Basic Landscape Construction

    • Specifications and contracts
    • General construction
    • Building with concrete
    • Understanding cement, mortar, concrete
    • Options for concreting
    • Mixing concrete and mortar
    • Reinforcing
    • Rodding concrete
    • Expansion joints
    • Garden furniture and structures

    Managing Weeds and Pests when Landscaping

    • Weed control methods
    • Keeping weeds out of lawns
    • Weeds in pavement
    • Weeds in garden beds
    • Natural pest controls
    • Integrated pest management

    Planting and Pruning

    • Making garden beds
    • Raised beds
    • Sunken beds
    • No dig beds
    • Planting a cottage garden
    • How to use plants in a cottage garden
    • Planting damp spots
    • Creating bog gardens
    • Pruning guidelines
    • Root pruning
    • Pruning specific plants -roses, wisteria, lavender etc

    Lawns and Surfacings

    • Understanding gradients/slope
    • Gravel surfaces
    • Soft ground surfaces
    • Lawn surfaces
    • Paving
    • Paving options and tips

    Furnishings and Features

    • Factors for choosing features
    • Playground structures
    • Edging and garden borders
    • Fencing
    • Hedging
    • Garden art
    • Framing the view
    • Using pots
    • Sculpture
    • Water

    Outdoor Living Areas

    • What is Needed
    • Options
    • What to include (shelter, seating)
    • Garden structures
    • Pool areas
    • Gardens for children
    • Child safety
    • Designing for children
    • Play equipment
    • Garden pavilions
    • Floor options
    • Locating a pavillion
    • Construction types
    • Minimizing fire hazards around a house and garden

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.