Garden Design III (Gardening Styles) Online Course

Garden Design Course Online
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


Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to an oriental landscape.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the use of colour, light, shade, temperature, water, foliage and other elements in establishing the mood of a garden.
  • Describe gardens from different places and periods in history; and in doing so explain how to renovate and/or recreate gardens that reflect the style of different historic periods.
  • Apply the principles, design features and elements that make up a formal garden.
  • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that contributed to the development and style of the oriental garden.
  • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that have contributed to the development and style of the Middle Eastern and Spanish garden.
  • Discuss the historic, climatic and cultural influences which have contributed to the style of Mediterranean gardens.
  • Discuss design styles of coastal gardens
  • Explain the limitations and potential of coastal sites when preparing a landscape design.
  • Discuss contemporary garden design styles and possible future trends in garden design.
  • Identify the range of diversity possible in garden design.
  • Identify characteristics of different garden styles including eclectic, dryland, rainforest and tropical garden styles.
  • Design different styles of gardens.


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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:

    Creating the Mood

    • Active or Passive Mood
    • Simple or Complex Garden
    • Movement in a Garden
    • Light or Shade
    • Increasing or Reducing Light: How to
    • Working With Shade
    • Garden Lighting
    • Other Mood Factors
    • What’s Wanted (by you or a client)
    • Personality of a Garden
    • Keeping it To Scale
    • Colour and its Use; plants, pots, statuary, other coloured features
    • Impact of Buildings on Garden Colour
    • Coloured Surfaces
    • Understanding and Applying the Psychology of Colour
    • Hot and Cold Colours
    • Water and Colour
    • Hot Coloured Plants
    • Making Gardens Cooler
    • Using Blue in the Garden
    • Winter Warmth and Light
    • Site Analysis
    • Creating a Concept Step by Step
    • Components of a Garden Room

    Historic Gardens

    • Historical Considerations and Historical Styles
    • Types of Gardens: Formal, Informal, Natural, Resort, Colonial, Permaculture, Balcony
    • Rose, Australian Bush, etc
    • Cottage Garden Design
    • How to Use Plants in a Cottage Garden
    • Federation and Edwardian Gardens

    Formal Gardens

    • What is a Formal Garden
    • Design Elements of a Formal Garden
    • Locating a Formal Garden Bed
    • Types of Formal Garden; Parterre, Avenue, Hedged beds
    • Informality in the Formal Garden
    • Plants for a Formal Garden Ornaments for a Formal Garden
    • Traditional Furniture
    • Formal Courtyards

    Oriental Gardens

    • Scope and Nature of Oriental Gardens
    • Chinese Gardens
    • Japanese Gardens
    • Types of Japanese Garden: Hill and pond, Dry landscape, Tea garden, Stroll garden, Courtyard, Rock garden, Pebble garden
    • Japanese Features; Tori, Moss, Deer Scarer, Bridges
    • Bonsai
    • Traditional Bonsai Styles
    • Water in an Oriental Garden
    • Ornamental Grasses

    Middle Eastern and Spanish Style

    • Scope and Nature
    • Features of a Moorish Garden
    • Sense of Enclosure Mexican Style
    • How Mexican Gardens Evolved
    • Using Coloured Gravels

    Mediterranean Gardens

    • Characteristics of a Mediterranean Garden
    • Differences between French, Spanish, Greek, Italian Gardens
    • Built Landscape
    • Plants
    • Use of Paint in the Garden Veranda Gardens
    • Making the Most of Small Spaces
    • Microclimate Management

    Coastal Gardens

    • Features of a Coastal Garden
    • Dealing with Temperature, Humidity, Salt, Soil and Wind
    • Coastal Plants
    • Trees

    Modern Gardens

    • Scope and Nature of Modern Gardens
    • Modern Technology in the Garden; lights, water, music, screens
    • Working with Modern Architecture; making the garden sympathetic to shapes, angles, colour, etc
    • Courtyards
    • Inner City Gardens
    • Types of Inner City Gardens
    • Future Trends

    Eclectic Gardens

    • What is an Eclectic Garden
    • Creating an Eclectic Garden
    • Garden Ornaments
    • Plants
    • Living Art
    • Topiary
    • Hedges
    • Miniature Gardens
    • Using Junk in a Garden
    • Pebble Gardens
    • Art Gardens
    • Public Gardens

    Other Styles

    • Dry land Gardens
    • The Desert Landscape
    • Xeriscapes
    • Australian Bush Garden
    • Cacti and Indoor Succulent Gardens
    • Minimalist Gardens
    • Permaculture Gardens
    • Tropical Style Gardens
    • Landscaping with Bulbs
    • Bird Attracting Gardens

    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.