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Creating a sense of place in your garden with Emily Erlam

Ref: S2D10097

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About this course

Learn how to read cues from the landscape to help you create a garden unique to that space. You will have the opportunity to work on your own garden plans.

Course Description

A course that focuses on how to take cues from the landscape that you are designing, to help you create a garden which is unique and personal to that space. The course will be workshop based with a number of design sessions, and the opportunity to focus on a full garden and planting design. We will look at inspirational gardens and discuss why they have worked in that particular setting, and use the same techniques to design our own space. You can work on your own garden project or a supplied plan. Please bring an image of a garden you like, to discuss with the group during the first session.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Tracing paper, Layout paper
  • Eraser
  • Scale ruler, Circle guide, Compass
  • Drawing pencils, Coloured pencils
  • Magazines or books that insire you. Also an image of a garden you like to share with the group on the first evening.
  • If you want to work on your own garden, you will need to bring a scale plan of your garden at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 depending on the size of the garden.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing equipment and paper


Emily Erlam

Emily Erlam has been a practising landscape designer since 2008, after completing her training at London College of Garden Design and The English Gardening School. She specialises in designing plant led gardens and has won a number of awards for developing schemes with for renovated old buildings and for contemporary new build projects.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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