LADE412 – Garden Design Practice

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Module code
Module title
Garden Design Practice
The aim of this module is to develop student's knowledge in the application of the garden design process and demonstrate the methodology for creating a garden design.
  • SX1703
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Customise an effective and repeatable method for determining client requirements and for defining, and describing, a garden site and its environment.
Assemble site survey information for a specified landscape sites and produce base plans for design purposes.
Acquire and practice communication skills for use in the garden design process.
Establish and demonstrate the processes of garden design creating garden plans for flat residential properties or sites of similar nature.
Provide support on site, through safe instruction and supervision of plan set-out, and assistance during the garden installation process.
-Meeting client, interview, site analysis, design development, masterplan rendering, reporting, and presentation to the client.
-Client interviews; communication techniques, needs and wants, questionnaires.
-Site analysis; recording environmental and surrounding activities.
-Site survey measuring; recording site measurements, tape measuring techniques, base plan drawing.
-Communication techniques.
-Writing skills; client brief letter writing, design quotes, garden design reports, language style, descriptive writing, and persuasive, emotive style.
-The design process; client and site analysis, functional bubble diagrams, grid and freeform studies, concept design and refinement, master planning.
-Master planning; including specifying landscape elements, material choices and finishes, plant palettes, sustainable choices, and design intent.
-Plan set-out instruction i.e. to clients or contractors, how to set-out the plan, and then inspections/checking elements throughout the garden design installation.
-Professional practice attributes: sustainable practices; professional and ethical behaviour; teamwork; accurate record-keeping.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be face to face delivery including workshops, project based interactive tasks, with group sessions, tutorials, verbal and plan presentations, and creation of portfolios of evidence.
Assessment Criteria
The weight of the overall assessment is equally distributed across learning outcomes.
The portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the achievement of the required knowledge, competencies and capabilities across all the learning outcomes.