New online Garden Design Courses announced
When ‘Planting the Piet Oudolf Way‘ was introduced in August 2016, it went viral achieving record sales within a 12 hour period becoming the fastest selling online course MyGardenSchool has ever released.
Piet is joined as tutor on the course by Dr Noel Kingsbury, who has helped interpret Piet’s work for over 20 years.
Piet Oudolf is one of the most influential garden designers of the past 25 years. An internationally renowned landscape designer from the Netherlands, he is a leading figure in the ‘New Perennial’ or ‘New Wave Planting’ movement. His work includes acclaimed planting designs such as The High Line, New York, Chicago Botanic, RHS Wisley and many more.
Dr Noel Kingsbury (left) with Piet Oudolf at Hummelo.
The course comprises four lessons, each with a teaching video in which Dr Noel Kingsbury, takes you on a tour of the Oudolf family garden at Hummelo with the great designer. They discuss plant combinations, before going inside Piet’s studio to look at planting plans and pictures of Hummelo at different times of the year.
Shot in September, the high point of the garden at Hummelo, viewing will concentrate on identifying those elements of structure, texture, form and colour which are so characteristic of Oudolf planting style.
Talking about the course Piet Oudolf comments: “I know that many people across the world who I can’t reach would like to understand more about my planting philosophy and have personal recommendations. I maintain that structure is the most important component in a successful planting; colour is important too but it is a secondary consideration. To work with Noel and MyGardenSchool I hope means that we can share our planting philosophy with you, and give you a deeper understanding, wherever you are.”
Dr Noel Kingsbury is also excited about the concept of the course as it means that he and Piet can actually reach out to students, wherever they are in the world, and give them feedback.
‘An Introduction to Garden Design’ taught by Hilary Thomas, marks a new online garden design course for beginners.
The course opens up the idea that anyone can design their own garden, wherever you are in the world. Hilary (pictured left) explains that garden design is all about organizing and shaping spaces and the course will cover many different elements over eight weeks taking you logically through the various stages of planning a garden.
It is a journey that will finally enable you to refine your garden design, drawing it to scale and creating a preliminary garden layout plan. You will learn how to assess a site, the soil and surroundings and how to measure a site and draw up a site survey plan.
Course tutor, Hilary Thomas, has lectured in Garden Design at the highly-regarded Capel Manor College in London, UK, where she was Head of the School of Garden Design. She has been designing gardens for 20 years and is an acclaimed author. She is also an examiner for the Royal Horticultural Society.
Elspeth Briscoe, Founder, MyGardenSchool comments that the aim of their wide variety of courses is to connect experts with beginners through to enthusiasts globally, while at the same time making learning online enjoyable: “We have developed a unique community based classroom where it’s fun and motivating to learn with experts you trust,” says Elspeth. MyGardenSchool courses have an 80% completion rate and tutors are all outstanding in their field, being accomplished gardeners and acclaimed gardening writers. Courses vary in length and include video tutorials, together with course notes and assignments as well as the benefit of a “virtual classroom” where you can chat to your tutor online as well as other classmates.
Details on the above courses, fees and enrolment information can be found on
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