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Gardening – Introduction to Designing your own Garden

Improve and refresh your garden with the support and help of award winning garden designer Christine Pritchard. During this introduction to garden design you will learn step by step how to redesign your plot. You must have access to a garden on which to base your work.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Design principles. Basic surveying techniques. Garden styles. Patios, ponds and other hard landscaping. Turf and other aspects of soft landscaping.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone wishing to learn the basic prnciples of garden design. No prior experience necessary.

Who will be my tutor?

Name:Christine Pritchard



Christine Pritchard is an award winning garden & landscape designer.


How will I learn?

You will be engaged with new ideas or techniques at the start of the session. You will have regular opportunities to discuss your own gardening problems and solutions with feedback from the group and the tutor. At home you will work on putting the theory into practice with the aim of producing a new plan for your garden. It is important that participants have a garden, or part of a garden, to work on during the sessions. By the end of the course students will have produced a new design, to scale, for their garden.

Are there any additional costs?

Tape measure you will need to measure your garden in advance of the first session.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Hospitality, Spa Industry & Landbased

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Garden survey plan (no matter how sketchy). A few photographs of your garden of how it is now. Ideas for your design. Any pictures you may have that inspire you. A tablespoon of your soil that has been allowed to dry naturally for a soil test. A pencil, a rubber, a ruler, a pair of compasses and a scale ruler if you have one – the tutor will have scale rulers available. Notepad.

What else do I need to know?

To get the best out of the course it is important that you have a garden (however small) on which to base your design. Enrolments for this course will be closed 10 days before the start date to allow you time to measure your plot in advance of the first session. An information pack will be sent out to students with guidance notes on how to measure your garden for a drawing, plus a link to a video tutorial as well as tips when thinking about ideas for your design.

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

3 reviews for Gardening – Introduction to Designing your own Garden

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Thought provoking and inspiring. Lots of participation.

  2. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    The plan drawing exercises v. helpful to think about the garden; Tutor input on all our designs v. helpful – food for thought. Tools to go forward with the garden design. A whole new world of gardening, new way of doing it for me; usually just put plants in and hope!

  3. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    I have enjoyed the course, its been a good introduction. I’m not sure I have the finished article I hoped I would have by the end of the course, but I have a particularly difficult garden. It has been very interesting seeing the rest of the groups gardens.

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