Essential Steps to Gardening

In House Courses


The School of Garden Design Studio, Hillcrest


Random Harvest Nursery, Muldersdrift


Designing & Planting Your Urban Garden:

Full day 08h30 – 16h30

Half day 08h30 – 13h00 (weekends)
08h30 – 12h00 (mid-week)


Caring for your Urban Garden:

Full day 08h30 – 16h30

Half day 08h30 – 13h00 (weekends)
08h30 – 12h00 (mid-week)

Growing Fruit & Vegetables:

Full day 08h30 – 16h30

Half day 08h30 – 13h00 (weekends)
08h30 – 12h00 (mid-week)

Designing and Planting an Herb Garden:

Full day 08h30 – 16h30

Half day 08h30 – 13h00 (weekends)

Basic Permaculture for Urban Gardens:

Half day 08h30 – 13h00 (weekends)
08h30 – 12h00 (mid-week)


Designing & Planting Your Urban Garden:

KZN / GP :

Dates for 2020 postponed until we are given the go-ahead. In the meantime please contact us for amazing specials on all of our online courses.


Caring for your Urban Garden:

To Be Announced

Growing Fruit & Vegetables:

To Be Announced

Designing and Planting an Herb Garden:

To Be Announced

Basic Permaculture for Urban Gardens:

To Be Announced


We are delighted to offer you our new range of short, yet equally comprehensive, courses in the Essential Steps to Gardening range. Collectively, the course content covers the full design process as well as offering sound maintenance principles for a sustainable garden.

In our Essential Steps to Drawing a Plan course, you will learn to draw an accurate garden design plan as well as simple techniques to sketch your ideas.

The course material is filled with colour images and is available in pdf format to students. Should anyone request printed material there will be a surcharge and postage costs will be incurred.

Who Benefits From This Course

These short, comprehensive workshops will benefit anyone wanting to learn more about designing a garden to improve their own living space and increase the resale value of their home, or anyone simply wanting to gain inspiration or fine-tune their landscaping skills. The drawing skills workshop is essential if you would like an accurate plan for your garden, and I would suggest that even garden maintenance companies are armed with this invaluable knowledge.

These workshops are ideal for those who are either unable to attend our Premier Garden Design & Maintenance Course or who are not comfortable studying via distance learning.


The student will feel both comfortable and confident with all aspects of garden design, garden maintenance and plan drawing.


Each module has an assignment or two to complete. At the end of the course, you will present a package containing every assignment from each module.

Designing your Garden

A visually stimulating introduction to the Practical and Creative elements of garden design. You are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and a clear perspective on how to tackle any project. The course content will guide you to the point where you have assimilated all the data necessary to be able to draw a garden design plan.

Planting your Garden

In this workshop we revisit some of the concepts covered in the design workshop, namely how to explore the use of colour and texture to create wonderful arrangements to delight the senses.

This course will assist you tremendously with plant choice and combinations as well as how to create that WOW factor in your garden by instilling atmosphere, creating habitats to attract wildlife and much more. As a stand-alone course it will be of tremendous help to experienced gardeners who are looking for some new inspiration.

(Note from Principal : Fortunately I cut my teeth on northern hemisphere plants so I know them as well as I know South African plants. Irrespective of the hemisphere in which you live, plants fit into the same categories, most have common family ties and they all create the identical effects in a garden!)

Once you have completed Easy Steps to Designing and Easy Steps to Planting, you will now be able to combine your ideas and complete a garden design plan.

Drawing a Plan & Sketching your Ideas

This workshop is for the person who is serious about designing their garden accurately and for those already in the gardening industry who need to fine-tune their skills.

The course content covers understanding the various drawing scales, accurate placement of the home and its permanent features, experimenting with formal and informal design and professional plan presentation.

The sketching module will bring out your creativity and enable you to communicate your ideas in the simplest way possible (no previous art experience needed).

Caring for your Garden

In this course we expand on the five essential elements of caring for your garden and, at the same time, creating a sustainable environment.

Growing your own Produce

Much has already been written on this subject, but on this course you will brainstorm the size, design and content of your vegetable garden with loads of tips on using natural and eco-friendly principles.

Also learn which crops are heavy, medium and light feeders and how to rotate your crops to achieve the maximum benefit from your soil.


These courses are also offered in a convenient online format.

Do I Need Previous Experience?

Not at all, just come along and enjoy yourself.


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