Learn to Create People-Friendly Landscapes

Learn to evaluate a how a landscape impacts upon the physical and mental well-being of people who exist in that landscape; and determine how the landscape can be made more biophilic or people-friendly.

  • Discover and learn about the relationship between outdoor environments and human well-being.
  • Learn about considerations of design concepts and the components of the landscape.
  • Understand how to integrate biophilic practices into existing landscapes.



Learn about Cottage Gardens

A well-designed cottage garden is a thing of quite mesmerising beauty. Whilst they may sometimes look a little unkempt, there is great planning amongst the busy flowers and vegetables.   
Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation.
This is a course for:
  • Landscape professionals or garden designers who wish to broaden their knowledge
  • Home owners who want to learn how to design and develop a cottage garden 
  • Professional horticulturists or landscapers wishing to learn more about this subject



How do you grow green walls and roofs?

Study their design, implementation and care with this informative course. Environmental scientists, urban planners, local government employees, architects, landscape architects, landscapers, garden designers and the backyard gardener will all benefit equally from learning ways in which we can create gardens that are functional in city scapes as well as other urban environments.
Green walls and roofs can improve aesthetics by hiding ugly views, or build beautiful garden spaces in confined areas, cool buildings and reduce glare, help to improve air quality in city environments, and give people the opportunity to grow food in the city.



Develop Your Hard Landscaping Skills

Landscape construction is concerned with what it takes to build gardens and other landscapes. Since many types of construction in the landscape can be achieved in many different ways, this course serves as an introduction to some of the ways that different surfaces, enclosures and structures can be made.  

Take all the guesswork out of landscape work

This course provides a thorough introduction to the world of landscape construction. It includes a range of methods and techniques to help students develop an understanding of which tools to use for different jobs, how to measure sites and set out plans, improving site drainage and earthworks, the setting out of basic garden structures and hard surfaces, and options for installing irrigation systems.  



Start Your Journey into Landscaping Here

The garden landscape incorporates both soft and hard features. Soft landscaping is concerned with trees, shrubs, lawns, and living components. Hard landscaping is concerned with the solid features such as paths, paving, walls and structures. Most competent landscapers and gardeners have an understanding of both soft and hard landscaping.

Learn to think like a garden designer

In this course you will learn about how to take pre-planning information on site, the principles of garden design, what makes different garden styles, creating drawings, constructiion methodology behind different types of walls and surfaces, use of landscape features, applying knowledge to garden and park design, and perceptual tricks designers use to make use of garden space.



Add To Existing Landscape Design Knowledge

Basic landscape design is concerned with how to do things like how hard landscape features are made and selecting plants to suit the location. When you have mastered that it is logical to want to expand on that knowledge and learn more about different groups of plants and how to use them, how to overcome problem areas and greater detail of hard landscape construction options.

Discover how to blend hard and soft landscape features

Take this course to discover a variety of methods for expanding on elementary landscape design knowledge and has a greater focus on plants. Learn about a range of hard landscape materials and their impact on design, as well as a broad array of plants from annuals through to trees and where to use them. Find out how plants can be selected for different conditions and the impact of microclimates on design.     


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. 



Learn the science behind:

  • creating and maintaining lawn or grassed area
  • using correct mowing techniques
  • starting a turf business

Learn how to maintain and keep the grass look at it best that will contribute to their durability, persistence and longevity.

This course is designed to provide you the knowledge and skills needed to keep your lawn/turf healthy and attractive.



Learn to construct things using hard materials

Study this course to better understand the use of hard construction materials including concrete, stone and brick; in both landscape and building construction.

This course will develop your understanding of different types of materials and techniques used to create buildings, interior and exterior building features and landscape features.

It is of value to anyone who is involved with property management, maintenance or construction. It relates to commercial and residential construction and to landscape construction as well.





Design a natural garden.
What is a natural Garden? A natural garden is one that most closely imitates a natural, sustainable ecosystem.
Natural garden design is a developing niche in the landscape design industry.
Landscape designers need to expand their skills to incorporate the essentials of natural garden design in order to be competitive or to capitalize on this niche market.
Enthusiastic gardeners can also benefit from this course.


Today many clients are turning to natural gardens as a way to reduce maintenance and also water usage (with so many countries experiencing record low rainfall in the recent past few years). Natural gardens are also seen as a sustainable form of gardening, as inputs (once established) should be vastly lower then many other garden styles.

Over ten lessons this course helps you to develop your understanding of how natural environments work, and the concepts of natural garden design. Know how to produce concept and detailed innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (eg. woodland gardens, desert gardens, wild gardens, indigenous plant gardens, etc.) using indigenous plants or a mixture of indigenous and other plants) plus suitable landscape features.




How do you plan a garden?
How do you renovate a garden?
How do you set out a garden to a scale drawing?
What do you need to do to construct a garden?
Aimed at landscapers, landscape designers, landscape architects at a professional level - this course develops an in depth understanding of the principles and procedures for all aspects of planning for development of a hard landscape; including: site assessment, plan drawing, plan interpretation, project specification and construction planning.
  • It assumes a foundation knowledge of landscape and horticultural management.
  • It is a valuable study program for even those who have worked in landscaping for some time, but who seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world



Make the Right Plant Selections in Garden Design

Choosing the right plants for the right purpose is often the difference between a good garden designer and a not so good one. In order to do this effectively gardeners and landscapers have to have knowledge of how different elements of the environment impact upon plant growth, and particular types of plants.

Don’t make planting mistakes

This extremely detailed course is a go-to resource for anyone involved in making planting decisions. Discover all the factors which influence growth of the main plant groups so that you can decide on their suitability for any particular location. Also learn about how to establish new plants in gardens and what they require in terms of ongoing maintenance.



Study Playground Design

This course develops a sound understanding of the design and construction of small community parks and playgrounds.  This course covers playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function and safety), materials selection, community participation and park design. This course can enhance skills or provide career benefits for:
  • Park and playground managers
  • Landscape designers, landscape architects
  • Engineers, architects, property developers
  • Playground designers
  • Playground builders, auditors, maintenance staff
  • Play leaders
  • Child care workers
  • School teachers



Carve out a Career as a Landscape Designer or Contractor

Be a true professional in the field of landscaping and/or garden design.

Who Should Do this Course?
  • Gardeners, Artists, Landscapers who want to reach the top of their profession
  • Anyone with a passion for Garden Design
  • Anyone aiming for employment as a garden designer, landscape technician, contractor or manager
  • Anyone with a desire to enter the landscaping profession, who has the time to undertake the best and most comprehensive training

This course will take longer than other options; but at the end of the day; more training allows most people a greater chance of advancement and success in this exciting profession.

Why Study Landscaping with ACS

  • Exceptional access to tutors
  • The Quality of our Tutors (Guided by principal John Mason, former editor of Landscape & Garden magazines, author of over 40 books, designer of over 500 gardens and parks)

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.



Want to Design Gardens?

Want to set up a small part time business and grow it into something full time and profitable?

This course has done just that for hundreds of others before you.

 Be a garden designer!
  • Developed by a team of successful garden designers from both Australia and the UK.
  • Broader than other courses which are developed and sometimes focussed on just one country.
  • Access experienced and qualified tutors in both the UK and Australia.

This course has operated for many years (with regular updates) as an effective training program for people working, or wishing to work, in the landscape industry; either in their own business, or at a supervisory level for for a boss.

The course develops the students design skills, as well as basic knowledge in other areas of concern to the landscaper (e.g. horticultural practices, management, plant identification and use, and marketing). On completion of this course the student should be able to draw landscape plans, compile specifications, and prepare cost estimates. There are thirty lessons taking around 600 to 700 hours to complete.

Exams: There are two exams for the course; one after lesson 15, and the second one at the conclusion of the course. Exams are arranged at a time and location to suit you. Please note additional fees apply for each exam.



Learn horticulture AND garden design
It is important when designing gardens that you also understand how to identify, select and cultivate plants.
Sites differ, soils differ, climates and microclimates differ for each garden; by understanding the fundamentals of horticulture you can design gardens that work - because you will be able to select plants appropriate to each application.
A sound foundation course for landscape gardeners, contractors and/or designers. This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, designing, costing and constructing gardens. This course is similar to other VHT002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to landscaping.

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council



Interested in Building Gardens? 

Want to be a landscape gardener?
Then this is the course for you!

Landscape gardeners do the physical work of constructing a garden. Through this course you can develop knowledge and skills that are in demand in this industry and for a career as a landscape gardener.



I want to be a professional landscape garden designer.
This course will help you to become an Outstanding Garden Designer!
  • Part Artist
  • Part Scientist/
  • Part Builder/Engineer
  • Part Manager or Businessman

Extensive training for an exceptional career a landscape contractor or garden designer. An experiential learning program incorporating lots of practical experience together with sound training in foundation knowledge required for a successful and sustained career. Learn to design all types of landscapes, manage projects and to adapt and confront new problems as they arise.
Duration: 2100 hours (2 to 3 years full time study or equivalent at your own pace)



Discover what it takes to Recreate Old Gardens

Garden restoration involves trying to return a garden to a similar state to how it was originally conceived. For some gardens old records may be relatively easy to find. For instance, if the design was created by a designer of merit the materials may be archived in a private collection or library.

Garden restoration for professionals 

Learn to survey, analyse and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens. This module:
  • Assumes students possess a basic knowledge of landscaping and horticulture.
  • Is a valuable study program for those who work in landscaping but seek a deeper and broader knowledge of garden renovation.
  • Has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.



How do you design a water garden?
How do you build a beautiful water garden?
How do you maintain a water garden?


Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens.
Learn to Use Water in a Garden Design
Water gardens can be simple or complex, large or small, and in a huge variety of styles. Depending on the theme or style of the garden you might perhaps decide to have straight-edged or geometrical designs for a formal garden, smooth curved designs for a modern garden, or irregular-shaped designs for less formal and natural-style gardens. You might choose to have a single pond or a series of ponds with water cascading from one to another. As you work through this course and look at different styles of water gardens, you will find there are many possibilities, any of which will enhance your garden. This is the prime opportunity to start your own business in creating water gardens.