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Landscape & Garden Design Short Course


 
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Develop the skills to transform outdoor spaces with our online Landscape & Garden Design short course. 

  • 10 lessons
  • 60 hours of self-paced learning
  • 100% online with live events

Learn from Australia's leading 
landscape designers

Develop the skills to transform outdoor spaces with our online Landscape & Garden Design short course. 

  • 10 lessons
  • 60 hours of self-paced learning
  • 100% online with live events

Landscape & Garden Design Short Course

 
4.9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read our 91 reviews
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Connect with industry pros

Receive support and advice from current landscape designers. 

Learning that fits your life

Self-paced online learning, including live workshops and events.

Money-back guarantee

Try it for 10 days, love it, or your money back - guaranteed.*

*Payment plan deposit not included

Connect with industry pros

Receive support and advice from current landscape designers. 

Learning that fits your life

Self-paced online learning, including live workshops and events.

Money-back guarantee

Try it for 10 days, love it, or your money back - guaranteed.*

*Payment plan deposit not included

Hear it from our students

Join a community of thousands of students investing in their education and working towards their future.

 
 
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What you'll learn

Explore the entire design process: from analysing a site to sketching your design, choosing the right plants and materials, and adding the final touches that bring your vision to life! 

1

Designing With Purpose

The Impact of Landscape & Garden Design

2

Design Styles & Aesthetics

Finding Inspiration

3

The Design Brief

Identifying Needs & Goals

4

Location & Site Analysis

Understanding Your Space

5

Design Tools

Concept Ideation & Drawing

6

Plant Selection & Design

Greening Your Space

7

Turf Selection & Management

Choosing the Right Turf

8

Hardscaping

Materials & Construction

9

Sustainability & Land Management

Protecting the Planet

10

Exterior Styling

Furniture & Finishing Touches

1.

Designing With Purpose

 

The Impact of Landscape & Garden Design

2.

Design Styles & Aesthetics

 

Finding Inspiration

3.

The Design Brief

 

Identifying Needs & Goals

4.

Location & Site Analysis

 

Understanding Your Space

5.

Design Tools

 

Concept Ideation & Drawing

6.

Plant Selection & Design

 

Greening Your Space

7.

Turf Selection & Management

 

Choosing the Right Turf

8.

Hardscaping

 

Materials & Construction

9.

Sustainability & Land Management

 

Protecting the Planet

10.

Exterior Styling

 

Furniture & Finishing Touches

Learn from leading industry professionals

Co-created with Australia's leading landscape and design professionals, this course represents the industry's ‘here and now’. 

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Jim Fogarty

AILA Registered Landscape Architect and Landscape Designer

Jim is a highly accomplished landscape designer and landscape architect with over 30 international design awards, including 16 international gold medals. Jim was the first Australian-based garden designer to compete at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2004 and the famous Philadelphia Flower Show in 2014. He has designed show gardens for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne winning a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 and Gold and Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2014. In Japan, Jim won the Gardening World Cup in 2011. His achievements have led to encounters with world leaders, and his expertise is widely recognised, making him a sought-after judge for garden shows and design associations worldwide.

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STEVE TAYLOR

Steve Taylor

Landscape Designer and Managing Director of COS Design

Steve Taylor has been building and designing multi-award-winning gardens in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Steve is a regular on the judging panels for state and national landscaping awards, including the Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers Awards of Excellence, the Master Landscapers of South Australia Awards of Excellence and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Steve has also won the 2023 Professional of the Year and Pool Designer of the Year at recent Victoria and National SPASA awards.

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MATT LEACY

Matt Leacy

Landscape Designer and Founder of Landart

Matt Leacy has an established 20-year career in the Australian landscape design industry. He founded his business Landart in 2000, a successful design, construction and maintenance company which has grown to include a team of over 40 professionals. Qualified in horticulture and structural landscaping, Matt is driven by creating spaces that become even more appealing with maturity and where the worries of the day just fade away. To encourage others into the garden, Matt does regular appearances on television and as the landscape guru for Channel 10’s The Living Room.

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Bethany Williamson

Landscape Architect and Founder of BWLA

Bethany Williamson is a Melbourne-based landscape architect. With a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Adelaide, she began her career at Ian Barker Garden Design before starting her own studio, Bethany Williamson Landscape Architecture (BWLA). Passionate about creating balanced and elegant gardens, Bethany excels in designing landscapes that emotionally engage and connect people with nature. Her minimalist approach and emphasis on collaboration result in functional and beautiful spaces with seamless transitions between interior and exterior environments.

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Joel Barnett

Landscaper and Owner of InStyle Gardens 

Joel has been the proud owner of InStyle Gardens, a landscape design and construction company based in Geelong, Victoria, for 15 successful years. After gaining valuable experience at a golf course and nursery early in his career, Joel further honed his expertise by pursuing a landscaping apprenticeship, which ultimately paved the way for him to take the helm at InStyle Gardens.

Alongside running InStyle Gardens, Joel is an active industry contributor, hosting The Landscaping Podcast, where he engages in insightful conversations with professionals across the landscaping industry. Additionally, he is currently developing The Landscaping School, an online platform offering courses on practical landscaping skills such as concreting and paving, aimed at supporting aspiring professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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Andrew Smith

State Manager at Warners Nurseries

Andrew has worked at Warners Nursery for nearly 40 years. From humble beginnings, Warners Nurseries has grown and prospered through four generations to become one of Australia’s most successful wholesale nurseries. With a focus on growing an extensive range of quality trees and shrubs for the horticultural industry, Warners strives to be the ultimate destination for professionals working in the landscaping and gardening sector.

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David Geltch

Farm Manager at Coolabah Turf

As Farm Manager, Dave oversees daily operations at Coolabah's turf farm in Echuca, Victoria. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the farm produces top-quality turf, balancing production capacity and irrigation needs, managing seasonal challenges, and maintaining a steady supply to meet demand while consistently meeting deadlines. With a strong background in landscaping, cropping, and horticulture, Dave is deeply committed to environmental conservation and sustainable farming practices. His years of experience working on land in rural Victoria and the remote Mataranka region of the Northern Territory have instilled in him a profound respect for preserving our natural resources for future generations.

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Nick Garnham

Director at Jardan

Nick has been Jardan’s director for over 25 years. After honing his skills as a designer and gaining invaluable experience from working with large retailers and architectural firms, Nick’s insight into the needs and opportunities within the manufacturing and design community helped him shape Jardan’s tangible and unique proposition. With a deep connection to the Australian way of life, Jardan creates inspiring and responsible furniture and lighting and a curated collection of homewares.

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David Ritter

Director at Atelier Ten

David is the leader of Atelier Ten’s Melbourne studio, a strategic sustainability consultancy specialising in environmental design, ESD consulting, and transforming the built environment. With expertise in strategic consulting, environmental design optimisation, and net-zero carbon strategies, David has worked with government and corporate clients on large-scale projects worldwide. He is an accomplished environmental engineer and teaches at the University of Melbourne.

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MATT LEACY

Jim Fogarty

Steve Taylor

Matt Leacy

AILA Registered Landscape Architect and Landscape Designer

Landscape Designer and Managing Director of COS Design

Landscape Designer and Founder of Landart

Jim is a highly accomplished landscape designer and architect who has received over 30 international design awards, including 16 international gold medals. Jim was the first Australian-based garden designer to compete at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2004 and the famous Philadelphia Flower Show in 2014. He designed show gardens for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, winning a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 and Gold and Best in Show at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2014. In Japan, Jim won the Gardening World Cup in 2011. Jim's achievements have led to encounters with world leaders, and his expertise is widely recognised, making him a sought-after judge for garden shows and design associations worldwide.

Steve Taylor has built and designed multi-award-winning gardens in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. Steve is a regular on the judging panels for state and national landscaping awards, including the Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers Awards of Excellence, the Master Landscapers of South Australia Awards of Excellence and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Steve won the 2023 Professional of the Year and Pool Designer of the Year at recent Victoria and National SPASA awards.

Matt Leacy has an established 20-year career in the Australian landscape design industry. He founded his business, Landart, in 2000, a successful design, construction and maintenance company that has grown to include a team of over 40 professionals. Qualified in horticulture and structural landscaping, Matt is driven by creating spaces that become even more appealing with maturity and where the day's worries fade away. Matt regularly appears on television to encourage others into the garden and is the landscape guru for Channel 10’s The Living Room.

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BETHANY WILLIAMSON
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DAVE GELTCH CIRCULAR

Bethany Williamson

Joel Barnett

David Geltch

Landscape Architect and Founder of BWLA

Landscaper and Owner of InStyle Gardens 

Farm Manager at Coolabah Turf

Bethany Williamson is a Melbourne-based landscape architect. With a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Adelaide, she began her career at Ian Barker Garden Design before starting her own studio, Bethany Williamson Landscape Architecture (BWLA). Passionate about creating balanced and elegant gardens, Bethany excels in designing landscapes that emotionally engage and connect people with nature. Her minimalist approach and emphasis on collaboration result in functional and beautiful spaces with seamless transitions between interior and exterior environments.

Joel has been the proud owner of InStyle Gardens, a landscape design and construction company based in Geelong, Victoria, for 15 successful years. After gaining valuable experience at a golf course and nursery early in his career, Joel further honed his expertise by pursuing a landscaping apprenticeship, which ultimately paved the way for him to take the helm at InStyle Gardens. Alongside running InStyle Gardens, Joel is an active industry contributor. He hosts The Landscaping Podcast, where he engages in insightful conversations with professionals across the landscaping industry. Additionally, he is currently developing The Landscaping School, an online platform offering courses on practical landscaping skills such as concreting and paving aimed at supporting aspiring professionals and enthusiasts alike.

As Farm Manager, Dave oversees daily operations at Coolabah's turf farm in Echuca, Victoria. His primary responsibilities include ensuring the farm produces top-quality turf, balancing production capacity and irrigation needs, managing seasonal challenges, and maintaining a steady supply to meet demand while consistently meeting deadlines. With a strong background in landscaping, cropping, and horticulture, Dave is deeply committed to environmental conservation and sustainable farming practices. His years of experience working on land in rural Victoria and the remote Mataranka region of the Northern Territory have instilled in him a profound respect for preserving our natural resources for future generations.

Jardan
WARNERS
Atelier-Ten
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ANDREW SMITH
Portrait of David Ritter

Nick Garnham

Andrew Smith

David Ritter

Director at Jardan

Business Development Manager at Warners Nurseries

Director at Atelier Ten

Nick has been Jardan’s director for over 25 years. After honing his skills as a designer and gaining invaluable experience from working with large retailers and architectural firms, Nick’s insight into the needs and opportunities within the manufacturing and design community helped him shape Jardan’s tangible and unique proposition. With a deep connection to the Australian way of life, Jardan creates inspiring and responsible furniture and lighting and a curated collection of homewares.

Andrew has worked at Warners Nursery for nearly 40 years. From humble beginnings, Warners Nurseries has grown and prospered through four generations to become one of Australia’s most successful wholesale nurseries. Focusing on growing an extensive range of quality trees and shrubs for the horticultural industry, Warners strives to be the ultimate destination for professionals working in the landscaping and gardening sector.

David is the leader of Atelier Ten’s Melbourne studio, a strategic sustainability consultancy specialising in environmental design, ESD consulting, and transforming the built environment. With expertise in strategic consulting, environmental design optimisation, and net-zero carbon strategies, David has worked with government and corporate clients on large-scale projects worldwide. He is an accomplished environmental engineer and teaches at the University of Melbourne.

Meet your mentors

During your studies, you’ll receive feedback and support from a dedicated industry mentor who is a practising landscape design professional. Connect with your mentor through discussion boards, live events, and a one-on-one session at the end of your course. Your mentor will also provide detailed feedback on your activities and projects. 

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... MENTOR

Interior Designer & Director of Studio Soleil

As the director of Studio Soleil, Pia drives the business direction, everything from onboarding new clients to leading project concepts, managing the design process and the day-to-day running of the business.

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Receive support from an industry mentor

Develop your confidence and skills with an experienced industry mentor by your side. Connect through the learning platform, live events, and a dedicated 1:1 session at the end of your course.

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Clare Mackarness MENTOR

Landscape Designer at Clare Mack Studio

Clare's diverse educational background in architecture, environmental science, and horticulture has fuelled her passion for understanding the interplay between people and landscapes. This fascination, combined with her love for design, led her to pursue a career in landscape design. 

After graduating, Clare began her professional journey at a landscape architecture studio in Melbourne. Today, she successfully runs her own studio, focusing on urban and regional projects in Melbourne and Victoria. With a talent for illustration and art, Clare brings a unique creative perspective to her work.

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Choose from a range of flexible payment options and start learning today. Not sure if this course is for you? Try it for 10 days, love it, or your money back.*
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Access exclusive student benefits

As a student, access exclusive discounts to design and business products, tools, and services.

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Plant trees while you learn

We plant a tree for every milestone you complete. Our partnership with Carbon Neutral funds the planting of native species in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor in Western Australia. As of March 2024, we've planted over 7000 trees on behalf of our students!

Have a question?

If you have a question not listed below, please visit our Help Centre or email support@ulleo.com.

Who’s this course for?

This short course provides a broad foundation in landscape and garden design, making it perfect for: 

  • Homeowners who want to improve their outdoor spaces and take on DIY design projects.
  • Individuals who are new to landscape and garden design and who want to find creative and fulfilling work in the industry.
  • Individuals who aspire to start and grow their own landscape design business.
  • Professionals in related fields such as interior design, construction, or gardening who want to expand their skillset and provide a wider range of services to their clients.

How long will the course take me?

This course will take you roughly 60 hours to complete. This includes videos, written materials, discussions, activities, study time, and live events and workshops. 

Most of our students dedicate 1-2 hours per week to study around work and other commitments. 
At the beginning of your course, we'll provide a tailored study plan to guide you through the material at a pace that suits your schedule, whether you aim to complete the course in 3, 6, or 12 months. You will have a full 12 months of access from the date of enrolment. If you need an extension, please reach out to our friendly Community Support team on +61 3 9961 4365. 

All live events and workshops are recorded and uploaded to the learning platform for later viewing. 

Where will this course take me?

By the time you finish this course, you'll have a strong base in landscape and garden design, giving you the confidence to take on whatever comes next. What that next step looks like is up to you:

  • Tackling your home project: With your new skills, you'll be ready to design and create an outdoor space that perfectly suits your style and needs.
  • Embarking on further education: If you're aiming to become a pro landscape designer, this course is a great starting point. You'll be well-prepared to dive into more advanced courses or degree programs.
  • Finding entry-level work in the industry: The course will give you the skills you need to explore entry-level jobs in the field. As you gain experience and keep learning, you'll be better equipped to grow your career.

What recognition will I get for completing this course?

To help celebrate and share your achievement, you’ll receive a verified Digital Badge and Certificate of Completion to add to your resume and LinkedIn.

How will I interact with my industry mentor?

During the course, you'll receive support and advice from an industry mentor, Clare Mackarness. You'll connect with your mentor through:

  • Live events and workshops: Attend regular sessions to learn from your mentor and inspiring industry guests.
  • Feedback on your work: Receive detailed feedback on your activities and assignments to help you grow and improve.
  • One-on-one session: At the end of the course, you can book a one-on-one session with your mentor to ask any final questions and receive advice on your next steps.

What activities and assignments will I need to complete?

During your course, you’ll complete various hands-on activities and projects where you can put your new skills into practice and receive valuable feedback from your industry mentor.

  • Knowledge Checks. After each lesson, you’ll complete a Knowledge Check—a short quiz that assesses your understanding of the key concepts presented in the lesson.
  • Activity: Create a Mood Board. This activity will help you apply your design styles and aesthetics knowledge by creating a mood board and developing a design concept for a real or hypothetical landscape project. This is a great opportunity to get your creativity flowing and explore your sources of inspiration and personal style.
  • Activity: Concept Ideation & Drawing. In this activity, you’ll observe a real site and create a scaled drawing showcasing a functional and visually appealing landscape layout. This is a great opportunity to exercise your design problem-solving skills and receive valuable feedback from your industry mentor.
  • Final Project: Concept Presentation. In this final project, you’ll apply your course knowledge to a hypothetical design scenario, creating a detailed concept presentation. This project is a great opportunity to experience the stages of a professional design project and practise your problem-solving, creativity, and research skills. Your mentor will provide detailed feedback upon completion.

What do I need to complete this course?

To complete a course with us, you'll need:

  • A laptop or PC with a strong internet connection (to connect to live events and to download and upload files required for course activities)
  • General computer skills such as creating, saving and editing Google and Microsoft Office documents, downloading and uploading files to websites, and participating in online discussion boards

Please note: You must be at least 16 years old to enrol in a course with Ulleo. If you are under 18 years old, you must provide written consent and a guarantee from a parent or legal guardian.

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