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Gardening in Large and Small Spaces

Course Outline

Nowhere to relax or entertain outdoors? Is your outdoor area looking tired? Whether you have arid acreage, a barren balcony or a cluttered courtyard, you can transform it into a stylish sanctuary.

Discover how to use space effectively and the concepts of good design. Recognize your soil type and determine how to choose appropriate plants and materials. Achieve a professional, cost-effective design with minimum effort. Comprehensive course notes are provided and places are limited.


  • Introduction to the Course
  • Define the function of your outdoor areas – analyse individual needs/wants
  • Assess your site – climate, topography, aspect, soil, mulch
  • Containers – types, potting mix, mulch, etc.
  • Draw up a plan to scale – equipment, procedure, etc.
  • Select plant material for specific conditions – sun/shade, wet/dry, privacy, etc.
  • Implement principles of good design – unity, simplicity, variety, movement, etc.
  • Perspective – the use of colour; techniques to make a small garden seem larger
  • Establish a theme – formal, Mediterranean, tropical, native, etc.
  • Maintain plant material – watering, fertilising, pruning, mulching, etc.
  • Organic control of pests and diseases
  • Transform problem areas
  • Course review

This will be an interactive classroom environment with plenty of time for all your questions to be answered.

Virtual Classroom

This course will be delivered using virtual classroom via Zoom in Term 2 due to the current COVID-19 situation. Zoom is easy to use video conferencing software with a simple set up. You will be able to see your trainer and classmates and interact as though you were in the same room, all from the comfort of your own home!

This is what you need to join a Zoom classroom:

  • Understanding the basics of using Zoom – see our free Zoom tutorial by clicking here.
  • Access to a computer, iPad/tablet or smartphone; and
  • A webcam* so that you can be seen by the trainer; and
  • A microphone* so that you can participate in the class and be heard by the trainer; and
  • A good Internet connection.

*If you have a laptop computer a webcam and microphone is usually built into the top of the screen frame. Smartphones and iPad/tablets also contain cameras and microphones.

Once you have watched our free tutorial and experimented with Zoom, if you still have questions, we are offering free Q & A Zoom sessions with one of our experienced trainers. See our Zoom page for available dates by clicking here.

About the Tutor

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years. As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for “Peninsula Living” and has also published articles in “Landscape Contractor and Manager”, “Better Homes and Gardens”, “Gardens and Outdoor Living” and “The Garden Gurus”.Passionate about plants, gardens and bees, she is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, a former Committee Member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and a former member of the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Apart from conducting her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, “Gardens, Balconies and Beyond”, Judith is a tour leader for the David Jones Flower Show and judges garden competitions in Ryde, Camden, Campbelltown, Bayside and Randwick.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Course testimonials:

  • I enjoyed the atmosphere of the class. I felt included and there was plenty of time to ask questions.
  • Judith has an incredible knowledge of the subject and was very engaging . It was never boring. Always go, go, go . We loved it

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113