Courses 2021 & 2022


1 Day Courses

For an informative day where you can bring pictures and measurements of your own gardens and apply Fiona's suggestions to your situation using practical examples. Each one day courses covers a different topic relating to aspects of garden design.

Introduction to Garden Design‘ is a theory based course on the basic building blocks used to develop your garden design. 

Planting for all Year Colour’, ‘The Scented Garden’, & ‘Planting for Autumn Colour’ focus towards plants themselves, incorporating design principles to maximise results. 

Our 1 day courses are ideal for those who have an interest in gardening and want to improve their own gardens.


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  • 'Introduction to Garden Design' - Monday September 12th 2021
    • Compact course covering all aspects of garden design from start to finish,     
      including survey, design process, drawing outline proposals and planting.
  • 'Planting for Autumn Colour’ - Monday October 18th 2021
    • While most gardens have started looking tired by September this course
      ?will  have your garden glowing right through to Christmas and beyond.
  • 'Introduction to Garden Design’ - Monday February 7th 2022
    • Compact course covering all aspects of garden design from start to finish, including survey, design process, drawing outline proposals and planting.
  • 'Planting For All Year Colour’ - Monday March 28th 2022 
    • Fiona will lead you through all that you need to know to give your garden life and colour all year round. Covering all seasons, Fiona will have a list of plants that allow you to enjoy your garden 365 days a year.
  • 'The Scented Garden’ - Monday June 20th 2022 
    • If the fragrance of your garden brings a smile to your face this is the course for you. This course covers all the wonderful and unique plants that bring scent into your garden and home all year round.
  • Price £75.00 to include coffee on arrival, and light lunch (discount for season ticket holders)

Courses start 10.45am with a cup of tea/coffee and finish at 4pm. Lunch is a one hour break where students are welcome to explore Green Island Gardens.

6 Week Garden Design Evening Course

The 6 Week Garden Design Course is a great way to achieve a beautifully designed and planted garden without having to hire a professional.

The course will run for 6 Monday evenings, and each week Fiona will cover a different aspect of the garden design process, from the initial survey, to inspiration, history of garden design, outline proposals, hard landscaping and planting as well as graphic drawing skills. We share with you the practices and tricks that professionals use to greatly improve your garden design. 

Each week a certain amount of homework is assigned, taking what has been discussed during the class and applying it to your own garden, while this is not mandatory it will ensure maximum benefits from the course.

At the end of the 6 weeks you will have created a design tailored to your garden, ready to be implemented to create your own little piece of paradise.

This course is ideal for those who have a keen interest in gardening and want to improve their own gardens without the time and expense of employing a professional garden designer.

Dates:  Monday Evenings      

2021:   September 27th                                                                                                October 4th, 11th,                                                                                            November 1st, 8th, 15th

 2022:  February 14th, 21st, 28th                                                                                 March 14th, 21st, 28th

Cost:    £350.00 (Discount for season ticket holders)


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Why not give one of our courses as a gift? Just select the gift voucher option above


  Green Island Gardens reserves the right to cancel or postpone classes should the required minimum attendance levels not be met; in these circumstances an alternate date or full refund will be offered to purchaser.

Miss a course in 2019? 
Why not get your course booked in for 2020


Talks For Horticultural Groups And Societies

Fiona Edmond can also be booked to talk to Horticultural groups and societies. Her range of topics include:

  • 'Planting for all year colour'
  • 'The making of Green Island Gardens'
  • 'Planting for Autumn Colour'
  • 'Planting for Winter colour and Scent'
  • 'Planting for Scent in your garden all Year round'
  • 'Planting for Winter colour'
  • 'Bulbs for all Year Interest'
  • 'The Low Maintenance Garden'
  • 'Introduction to Garden Design'
  • 'Planting Design'
  • 'The Woodland Garden'
  • 'Acers and how to grow them'

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