Japanese Garden Design

Specialist course for the Western Gardener

Distance Learning Diploma Study Course

10 Lessons

This short course is designed for anyone interested in specialising in Japanese garden design or who wants to introduce these elements into existing garden 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 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 3 to 6 months studying at your own speed.
You can enrol onto this course at any time and you will receive comprehensive guidance and advice from our expert tutor.

I have been able to transform the small ugly courtyard garden at the back of my house into a wonderful place of peace and tranquility, which I can see out of my window and where I can sit and read or contemplate. My friends and family also love to spend time there too.

I work in a garden centre and have always wanted to learn more about Japanese garden design so I can give customers ideas and advice. This course has given me so much information and built up my confidence that I hope to set up my own Japanese design company in the future.

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