Earth Designs Garden Design School: ‘So you want to be a Garden Designer?’

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‘So you want to be a Garden Designer Garden Design School?’

£95 for 1 day, 4 students maximum.

This course is aimed at students who have just started a garden design course or are considering a career move. The day session sets out to give a ‘topline’ of ‘a day in the life of a garden designer’ and is packed full of the information and advice, including an overview of the processes that we employ here at Earth Designs. Having taken an unorthodox route into garden design, and with nearly 10 years of experience of running our company, we feel well positioned to share the benefits of our experience, mistakes and triumphs. We can give you an insight into the highs, the lows and the hard work involved in running a successful Garden Design and Build business.

Comments from previous students:

‘Folks, if you go to any garden day out, make it the Earth Designs Open Day. It provides an introduction to practical design and small businesses, and I found it a great source of knowledge. It is superb for anyone considering a career in garden design or who has just started a garden design course. Take my advice – get to one of these days.’ – Kevin 2008

‘The Earth Designs Open Day: what a lovely and instructive way for learning, with such skills and personality as Katrina has. I came from France and can guarantee this was the best idea of the year.’ – Alexandra 2009

The itinerary:

09:00 – 12:00

How to set up and run a company

  • How to be a successful garden designer
  • Creativity – where do I find it?
  • Business Opportunities
  • Working out your fees
  • Associations and Organisations
  • Networking and making connections
  • Marketing and Branding a company
  • Legal and Finance
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Health and Safety

12:00 – 13:00

  • Lunch

13:00 – 17:00

‘I have the client now what do I do?’

  • The Earth Designs Process
  • The initial consultation
  • Site surveys and budgeting
  • Specification and Scope of works documents
  • Sourcing materials
  • Presenting to a client
  • Contractors, suppliers and staff
  • Running a successful site
  • Managing clients expectations
  • After Care and recommendations

So you want to be a designer?