LANDSCAPING III BHT235 (Gardening Styles)

Learn how to create mood, make use of use light, choose the best style for a garden, and to recognise limitations of design  

Many different styles of garden have evolved in different cultures and countries. Often clients wish to have a particular style or themed garden or they wish to have elements of particulr styles which appeal to them. As a garden designer it is vital to have a detailed knowledge of what different styles there are and what components are used to create them.

Expand your landscape knowledge

In order to be successful, landscape designers need to understand he fundamental principles and elements of design. This course goes one step further, creatively encouraging even the experienced designer to learn how to properly apply these principles, as well as draw on the design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens throughout the world. Formal, Mediterranean, Oriental, eclectic and other landscape designs covered in this course inspire the student to create new and beautiful designs. 

Be creative in your approach to design 

In this immensely informative course you will learn about all sorts of garden styles from traditional styles like cottage gardens and formal styles to more modern styles and eclectic gardens which borrow from different themes. Learn how to alter the theme of a garden through use of colour, water and different textures and how to decide what to include to match a style to a location. 

Learn to design themed landscape gardens

  • Expand the types of gardens you can create
  • Broaden your design skills
  • Offer your clients more than the routine


There are 10 lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Creating the Mood
  2. Historic Gardens
  3. Formal Gardens
  4. Oriental Gardens
  5. Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
  6. Mediterranean Gardens
  7. Coastal Gardens
  8. Modern Gardens
  9. Eclectic Gardens
  10. Other Styles

On completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Explain the use of colour, light, shade, temperature, water, foliage and other elements in establishing the mood of a garden.
  • Describe gardens from different places and periods in history; and in doing so explain how to renovate and/or recreate gardens that reflect the style of different historic periods.
  • Apply the principles, design features and elements that make up a formal garden.
  • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that contributed to the development and style of the oriental garden.
  • Discuss cultural and historical traditions that have contributed to the development and style of the Middle Eastern and Spanish garden.
  • Discuss the historic, climatic and cultural influences which have contributed to the style of Mediterranean gardens.
  • Discuss design styles of coastal gardens
  • Explain the limitations and potential of coastal sites when preparing a landscape design.
  • Discuss contemporary garden design styles and possible future trends in garden design.
  • Identify the range of diversity possible in garden design.
  • Identify characteristics of different garden styles including eclectic, dryland, permaculture, rainforest and tropical garden styles.
  • Design different styles of gardens.

Course Duration:   100 hours


These are just some examples of the things you may find yourself doing:

  • Visit three (3) different gardens to assess the mood of each garden. Take time to observe each garden and try to identify the different elements that contribute to the garden mood.
  • Observe how colour has been used in the three different gardens. Observe the colours of both plants and hard surfaces, and the way the colours have been combined
  • Visit an historic garden in your area. Identify all the different features that make this an historic garden.
  • Visit a formal garden in your area. Identify all the different features that make this a formal garden.
  • Visit an oriental garden either in person or by research.
  • Search for more information on gardens that reflect the styles.
  • Make notes of anything you find which is interesting and could be used in development of a Mediterranean style of garden in the locality in which you live.
  • Visit a coastal region near where you live and observe the type of plants that are growing near the seashore. Also observe the plants and design elements of nearby gardens. (If you are unable to visit a coastal region, use descriptions of coastal sites and gardens from books, magazines and the internet.)
  • Visit a modern courtyard garden (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that make this a ‘modern’ garden. How has the designer overcome the restrictions of the site to create a feeling of spaciousness?
  • Search through telephone books, magazines and the internet to find suppliers of materials suitable for eclectic gardens such as pots, sundials, pebbles, statues, wrought iron, tiles, gazebos, seats, wind chimes, etc. Visit as many suppliers as possible and inspect these materials. Find out about their cost, availability and longevity.
  • Depending upon where you live, visit a dryland, permaculture, tropical, or rainforest garden in your area (if there is no suitable garden in your area, use a garden described in a book, magazine or on the internet). Identify and describe the elements that determine the style of this garden.


What This Course Could Do For You

This course is ideal for people wishing to expand on their garden design knowledge by developing a firm understanding of how to create different garden styles and themes.

It could serve as a platform for further study or be taken in conjunction with other modules to enhance your learning experience. The course is of most value to people working in or wishing to work in:

Landscape construction
Garden design
Garden maintenance
Garden restoration or conservation
Parks & gardens

It could also add to the skillset of people wanting to start a garden design business, or be of value to people wishing to renovate a home garden.