Gardening & Landscaping

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On completion of this course you will be able to make improvements to create a garden you will love to be in.
You will learn about gathering information for site assessment, soil type etc. Learn basic principles for garden design and how to prepare sketch plans.
We look at improving soils, plant material and landscaping material selection. You will learn methods of planting, mulching, watering and weeding a garden.
You will also discover how to keep on top of important seasonal gardening tasks including shaping and pruning techniques.

6 classroom lessons, plus 2 field trips to a garden/nursery for hands on experience. Classroom lessons held on Wednesday nights, field trips to be held on Saturdays in week 4 and week 7, exact times/locations of field trips to be discussed in class.

• Site assessment.
• Measure and prepare basic site plans.
• Basic garden design principles.
• Improvements to garden soils.
• Select and purchase of plant materials and landscaping materials.
• Planting plant materials.
• Garden maintenance including fertilising, watering, weeding and pruning.
• Seasonal tasks identified.
• Plant material identification.

• A very laid back, fun learning experience, tailored to suit all levels of student knowledge.
• Students will be able to gather information regarding their garden block.
• They should be able to prepare to scale basic sketch plans showing improvements to their garden.
• Test the soil pH to make improvements to difficult or poor soils.
• Students should be able to select, purchase and plant out appropriate plant materials and ideal specimens of same.
• Learn to look after your garden and make the maintenance less onerous.
• There is an emphasis on identifying suitable plant material of the Sydney garden.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • The gardening course is a must for anyone that needs to look after a garden, wants to create a garden, or improve a garden. Murray is a great instructor. He is enthusiastic and runs a class well. There was a great course outline, which was followed well. He had a theme each week with the plants/flowers he presented. Our visit to a garden centre was excellent. And the home garden visit was also wonderful. This presented hands on work to further grasp concepts of things such as pruning and composting. My only disappointment was that I did not due the course years earlier. Do this course before you start your garden. You will save money on improper plant purchases and effort in wrong planting.
  • Fantastic course. Murray is such a wealth of knowledge.
  • I really enjoyed doing this course. Murray was excellent, very knowledgeable and it was great to be able to ask questions about my own garden.