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Guelph Curling Club

816 Woolwich Street

Guelph, ON N1H 6J2

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This complete garden design course combines weekly lectures with homework assignments. You will be asked to work through the design process using your own garden. At the end of the course you will have a complete, documented design plan that you can either implement yourself, or have a landscape contractor do it for you.

The course will show you how to analyse your current property, prepare a site plan, and determine your requirements and design preferences. It will then help you understand design concepts which can be incorporated into your final garden plan. The course includes a workbook with assignments to make everything very hand on. During the 4 week course you will develop a garden design for your own property.

The course is focused on the design process and not on implementation ie it does not teach you how to lay bricks. No previous design experience is required.


Duration: 4 weeks, 2 hours per week, Monday nights


Instructor: Robert Pavlis

Published books: Building Natural Ponds and Garden Myths

Blogs: Garden Myths and Garden Fundamentals

Facebook Groups: Garden Fundamentals and Building Natural Ponds

Owner of Aspen Grove Gardens


Week 1 – Understanding the design process

Garden design will be defined and the role of various professionals will be discussed. The main focus of week one is to teach you how to evaluate your current garden situation, and how to prepare a site plan.

Homework: make a drawing of your current site, create a sun-shade drawing, and start looking at possible garden designs to better understand your own wants and needs.

Week 2– Define garden goals and develop a garden layout

Discuss garden styles to start understanding your personal preferences. Develop an understanding of functional requirements and learn how to create a garden layout.

Homework: develop your own functional list and personal preferences; create a bubble diagram and a preliminary garden layout

Week 3 – Convert a garden layout into a garden plan

Discuss key design elements such as drainage, utilities, focal points, main features, and views. Learn how to refine the garden layout and convert it into a garden plan.

Homework: develop a garden plan and start adding details

Week 4 – Complete the garden plan

Discuss key design elements such as plants, and hardscape. Learn how to create a finished garden plan.

Homework: make a list of plants, review hardscape options and finish the garden plan.

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