Garden Design and Management

Subject HORT20014 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, eighteen hours of activities/field trips
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements fo this entry.

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Ms Annette Warner


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: This subject examines garden design styles from the Arts and Crafts period through to the 21st century. Modernism and contemporary garden design are explored within an Australian context. Processes and principals behind contemporary garden design are outlined in conjunction with the creation of a garden design portfolio assignment. Guest lecturers will include successful practitioners in the field. Management issues relating to large gardens such as a Botanic or National Trust Garden are explored through guest lecturer and site visits.
Objectives: The objective of this subject is to extend the participant’s ability to read a landscape and be able to:
  • discuss contemporary design issues and elements;
  • describe the garden design process; and
  • understand management issues in a heritage, botanical or contemporary landscape.

A 2,500 word essay worth 40% (due mid-semester), a design portfolio worth 40% (due at the end of semester) and a 20 point in-class test worth 20% (held at the end of semester).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Penelope Hobhouse "The Story of Gardening"
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At conclusion of this subject the student should be able to:

  • discuss historical and contemporary garden and landscape styles and their relationships,
  • describe design principles and plant composition and applications,
  • outline the processes and practices used in residential and small-scale landscape design,
  • analyse planting design using outcome-based criteria,
  • demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in garden design.
Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture

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