Introduction to garden design session 1

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Introduction to garden design session 1

  1. 1. Introduction to Garden Design Week 1 – Introduction, Site Appraisal and User Requirements.
  2. 2. Housekeeping  6 weeks – last session 5th November, no session on 16th October  Learner Diaries – for you to record your progress and any queries or comments. Hand it in and I will comment every other week and in the last week.  Each week I ask you to build on the session by doing a practical task. Please try to at least attempt it as it forms the basis for the start of the next session.
  3. 3. Learning objectives  Name four of the component areas of a site inventory  State what existing features and elements of the site need to be identified  Describe five issues that need to be addressed in identifying user requirements  State three limitations to design process and how these can be identified via site appraisal
  4. 4. The Plants Come Last!  Initial design stages are primarily about use not appearance.  Completely opposite to the way most gardeners think!  Use of space, movement through the space, sightlines and style are all selected before plants are chosen.
  5. 5. Starting to think about design  Notebook – design is a thinking process, so keep notes or you will forget.  Design ‘styles’ are useful guides – not handcuffs!  Start to collect images, items, colour combinations  Identify strong dislikes – but otherwise keep an open mind.  ‘Mood boards’, ideas boxes, scrapbooks  Not particular plants!! (put them in your notebook)
  6. 6. Site Appraisal  House and setting – approach, views, location  Soil and climate  Existing features  Services and access  Legal/regulatory issues?
  7. 7. Users requirements  What? What is the garden to be used for?  Why? Any particular needs?  Where? Where should the uses be located?  When? When will the garden be used?  Who? Who uses the garden? regularly or just sometimes?
  8. 8. Limitations – ‘you can’t always get what you want’.  Site-related – fixed features, slopes, soil type etc  Budget related.  Space available for the ‘brief’– need to prioritise uses (and plan for change over time).
  9. 9. Learning outcomes  Name four component areas of a site inventory  State what existing features need to be identified  Describe five issues that need to be addressed in identifying user requirements  State three limitations to design process and how these can be identified
  10. 10. Learning outcomes  Name four component areas of a site inventory  State what existing features need to be identified  Describe five issues that need to be addressed in identifying user requirements  State three limitations to design process and how these can be identified

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