Japanese Garden Design Diploma

Japanese Garden

This course is designed for anyone wanting to specialise in Japanese garden design or introduce Japanese elements into their existing garden or design practise. Japanese gardens have been admired and enjoyed by Westeners for generations, and many public and country house gardens have set aside an area for them. These days garden designers are finding an increase in the number of commercial clients who wish to integrate these ideas into larger buildings, hospitals and schools.

Japanese gardens are very versatile and particularly useful for creating an illusion of space in a small courtyard or patio garden and as they require little maintenance integrate well with modern architecture. A Japanese garden exudes a general feeling of peace and tranquillity and is becoming very popular as a healing garden.

Our Diploma course teaches you the elements of traditional Japanese garden design, so that you can create an authentic Japanese garden or incorporate harmonious elements into contemporary designs. There are plenty of illustrations and diagrams that you can use afterwards and there is a high degree of practical content so that you feel confident in creating your own project or working with your clients.


*The history and elements of the Japanese Garden Design
*Japanese garden design layouts, materials and design principles
*How to align stone groupings and lay stepping stones
*Creating Sand gardens and Stone pavements
*How to select and care for Bamboo and bamboo fences
*Plants, trees, and how to shape and prune flowering shrubs and trees
*Designing appropriate Walls and Gates
*Lanterns, stone towers and statues
*The courtyard garden - Design features
*Water gardens including streams, waterfalls, bridges
*How to make a Shishi-odoshi (water fountain) and Koi pond

The HDI Diploma will be awarded to students who achieve 70% or more on questions set at the end of each module and who satisfactorily submit a Japanese garden design at the end of the course. Diploma students will be able to use Dip. HDI (Japanese garden design) after their name.

Recommended Study time is 5 to 6 months studying at your own speed if you study one lesson every couple of weeks.
You can enrol onto this course at any time and you will receive comprehensive guidance and advice from our expert tutor when you send in your homework for assessment.

Japanese Garden Design Diploma
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£ 300
Payment in two equal halves for email course. Payment for first half the email course.
£ 160
Payment for second half of the email course, final assessment and Diploma.
£ 160
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