Design Your Own Garden

This course is full. Please contact us on 0117 903 8844 to be added to the queue.

Course code: GC1A

Improve, refresh, design your garden. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM.

When and where


From 13 Nov 2021 to 11 Dec 2021
Sat 10:00-15:00

3 weeks

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13 Nov 2021

10:00 to 15:00

27 Nov 2021

10:00 to 15:00

11 Dec 2021

10:00 to 15:00


Stoke Lodge
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop

with Christine Pritchard


Fees and concessions

The total charge is £140. The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £140, the concession rate is £84. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility.


Design Your Own Garden – an opportunity to improve and refresh your garden with help from a professional garden designer. You will need a garden on which to base your design.

What can students expect?

Expect a supportive atmosphere where your ideas will be encouraged, discussed and, if appropriate, refined. You will be introduced to new concepts, new materials and new garden styles.
The aim is to enable learners to survey their own garden and make a basic landscape plan.
The course is aimed at homeowners who wish to design, change or improve their own gardens; it is not intended for professional garden designers.

This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge but will move online if necessary using ZOOM.

Late starters allowed?


Previous experience required?


What is the progression route?

After completing their design, many students decide to take the ‘Choosing plants for your Borders’ course. This enables them to make informed choices about the plants they could use to finish their gardens.

Are there any extra costs?

The cost of several sheets of tracing paper is included in the course cost.
You may choose to buy pencils, a pair of compasses etc but these items can be borrowed for use in the classroom.

Work set between sessions?

No, but students who wish to carry on with their plans at home are welcome to do so.

What should students bring?

A tablespoon of soil from their garden.
Photographs of their plot – it helps if a couple are printed out.
Their completed garden survey, however basic it might seem.
A pencil and note pad.
A packed lunch.

Teaching method/style?

Learners will be encouraged to share their experiences of their gardens.
Learners will learn through discussions with the tutor and other students, and will be shown a variety of landscaping materials to handle.

Equipment Required

For the garden survey it is helpful for learners to have access to a 30m tape measure.