THE JO-ANNE HILLIAR SCHOOL OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

The Jo-Anne Hilliar School of Landscape Design offers a range of intensive landscape design training programs, designed specifically for the development of the homeowner, garden worker, nursery staff member, or landscape designer / contractor in the field.

These short courses provide creative inspiration and an understanding of landscape design along with the relationship between design, professional business practice, implementation, and the maintenance of gardens.

All programs are personalized and based on experiential learning. Jo-Anne Hilliar facilitates most courses single-handedly; but selected courses have been designed for world-wide adaptation and are run in association with UK based Professor David Stevens, world-renowned landscape designer.

Increasingly our Two-Day Basic andscape Design Course and the Garden Worker's Training Course have been run in-house for companies or institutions with large corporate gardens and a substantial staffing component to manage these grounds.

The value of these courses is in the outcomes-based and practical focus of both. The advantages of running programmes such as these in-house are numerous:

  • Used as a motivational tool.
  • Encourage & inspire staff.
  • Staff appreciation of environment and surroundings.
  • Stress-relief tool.
  • Gift / treat to staff.
  • Positive upliftment of staff morale.
  • Personalised to suit company ethos and organization's philosophy.
  • Highly interactive & fun learning experience.
  • Enhance self-confidence / self-esteem relating particularly to garden staff as their work takes on new meaning & value through the Garden Worker's Training Course.
  • Promotes positive attitudes and communication between staff.
  • Encourages students to transform theory learnt and apply it effectively.
  • Ability to transfer skills learnt.
"The course has given my garden staff increased self-confidence which is evident in their work output." - 2005
Jo-Anne runs her in-house programmes anywhere in the country to a minimum of 16 delegates and maximum of 22. Should you wish to enquire about this option please contact Nikki or Jo-Anne on (031) 262 4654 / 082 447 4824.

On the international front, Jo-Anne has embarked on international training in the USA with colleague and fellow trainer, Robert Littlepage, of the California School of Landscape Design. The seminars are run by both Jo-Anne and Rob over two days and cover a range of topics from business and marketing to plant combinations, perspectives and rendering.

In addition, Jo-Anne is closely affiliated with David Stevens, UK-based, internationally acclaimed landscape designer, running the Three-Day International Landscape Design Course with him once a year in South Africa.

Since approaching the landscaping institutes of Malaysia and Indonesia, Jo-Anne has received much positive feedback and plans to run a series of training programs on design from a specifically South African perspective whilst learning more about their culture and trends associated with landscape design.

We will be launching a number of new programmes due to demand from the industry and in keeping with the times. These will include:
"My gardener has come back with a better insight into planting... and general garden maintenance and is eager to put his knowledge into practice."

The Garden Workers Training Course 2004
  • Gardening for Stress Management
  • One-Day Garden Supervisor's Training Course
  • One-Day Garden Labourer's Training Course
  • Master's Design Course
  • Two-Day Gardening for Bio-Diversity Course
  • Two-Day Working for Water Programme

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LIST OF COURSES AVALIABLE:

Two-Day Basic Landscape Design Course

Landscape Design Business Practice Course

The Garden Worker's Training Course

Three-Day International Landscape Design Course

Gardening for Bio-Diversity Correspondence Course

David Stevens International Landscape Design Correspondence Diploma


Two-Day Basic Landscape Design Course
  • This course aims to develop enthusiastic gardeners in the domestic and corporate market.
  • It is ideal for employees of large companies as well as the domestic gardener. Horticultural divisions can utilise the programme in their own Departments.
  • A hands-on approach is used in teaching the basics of design. The course runs over two days, is fully comprehensive and gives each delegate clear direction to apply in their own situation.

Objectives: -

  • To teach basic design principles, using a practical and hands-on approach in applying them in one's own garden.
  • To introduce a positive sense of purpose in the garden to be created, and an understanding of garden styles to be applied.
  • To teach the basics of scale and how to transfer creativity to paper.
  • How to work with plant material and plant combinations in one’s own garden, applying design principles learnt.
  • To meet other gardeners, share common problems and ideas, and participate in a programme which is fun, interesting and above all, applicable to one's own environment

Course Outline: -
DAY 1 DAY 2
SESSION 1
  • What are the elements of the garden design?
  • Basic ground rules and principles of design.
  • Exercise on design principles.
SESSION 1
  • Re- designing existing gardens.
  • Designing existing landscape - homework
  • The indigenous factor and environmental planning.
  • Basic drawing techniques and requirements.
MORNING TEA MORNING TEA
SESSION 2
  • Landscaping styles and techniques.
  • Discovering one's own style.
SESSION 2
  • Basic planting combinations.
  • Plant list for region
  • Practical tips - Soil; composting; features; site preparation.
  • Personal commitment and patience in design.
LUNCH LUNCH
SESSION 3
  • Discovering one's own style - Exercise check list and group discussion
  • Special features used in design.
SESSION 3
  • Practical in nursery.
  • Presentation of design
  • Evaluation/Closure
END OF DAY 1 END OF DAY 2

FEEDBACK FROM PAST DELEGATES
  • I enjoyed the group discussions and the informal, open communication
  • I feel I can return to my garden with new found knowledge and renewed enthusiasm, thank you
  • I found it very interesting and it has given me a very informed aspect of garden design and the difference between indigenous and exotic plants
  • I would have liked the course to have never ended. The presentation was excellent and Jo-Anne is a true role model for all of us – keep up the good work
  • I am now able to picture my own garden with its shortcomings and problem areas and find possible solutions within the design concepts
  • I now have a specific idea for a theme and rooms within my garden and can also focus on plant combinations.

Landscape Design Business Practice Course

The course is aimed at the business owner who would like to learn practical guidelines and operate a professional landscaping business from marketing and sales to project management and financial planning. Aimed at existing and aspirant landscape designers / contractors, this two-day programme covers the business aspect of running a landscape design practice.

COURSE OBJECTIVE:

  • Bridging the gap between the Landscape Industry and Marketing arena and how they overlap to effectively and successfully implement your Landscape designs.
  • How to build your business with a strong outcomes-based administrative foundation.
  • Effectively dealing with labour and staff relations.
  • Establishing an invaluable communications network, internally and externally.
  • How to effectively and competently implement your Landscape installations.
  • Good landscaping plants for successful combinations.
  • Develop your own business plan strategies.
Course Outline: -
DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
SESSION 1

MARKETING

  • Presentation of your business and expertise
  • The Service Industry and marketing
  • Additional marketing aids
  • Client communication and interpretation of needs
  • Taking advantage of marketing opportunities

    Case Studies

SESSION 1

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Office set-up and back up administrative procedures
  • Quoting on and costing of installations
  • Design Procedures
  • Budgeting and finance as a discipline

    Case Studies

SESSION 1

COMPREHENSIVE PLANT LIST

DESIGN PLANNING PROCESS

PLANTING COMBINATIONS

  • Rules
  • Examples
  • Exercises

LUNCH LUNCH  

SESSION 2

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

  • Selling your design to the client
  • Good organisation for the Installation process
  • Costing and ordering procedures
  • Planning and scheduling installation over days quoted for
  • Examples

      Case Studies

SESSION 2

LABOUR RELATIONS & STAFFING STRATEGIES

  • Employment strategies
  • Labour contract
  • Rules & Regulations booklet
  • Staffing accountability
  • Staff job descriptions
  • Staff relationships
  • Troubleshooting
  • Homework

     

SESSION 2

CONCEPT OF BIO-DIVERSITY
  • Exotic vs Indigenous
  • Waterwise sustainable landscapes
  • Practical tips to achieve biological diversity
  • Group Discussion
  • Troubleshooting

FINAL CASE STUDY

  • Presentation of your business strategy

    Group Discussion
END OF DAY 1 END OF DAY 2  



The Garden Worker's Training Course

This course is aimed at garden workers. It is designed to educate them in a practical manner on the principles of gardening and provide the fundamental knowledge required to work effectively in a garden

Objectives: -

  • To provide simple, effective teaching and training in basic garden care and maintenance.
  • To introduce a sense of purpose in the garden by creating an understanding of concepts to be applied.
  • To present basic gardening concepts with clear explanations, providing helpful hints and tips for effective gardening.
  • To meet other gardeners and to participate in a programme which is fun, interesting and above all educational and practical for application in the garden environment.
Course Outline: -
DAY 1 DAY 2
SESSION 1
  • WELCOME - Introduction of Jo-Anne Hilliar and the interpreter; explanation of day’s proceedings; share motivation for writing and running course.
  • Introduction.
  • Why do people have gardens?
  • What are the main elements that make up a garden?
  • What makes a garden beautiful?
  • Basic concepts of design and design principles.
SESSION 1
  • Maintenance
  • Garden Equipment
  • Regular maintenance procedures
  • Daily routine for gardeners
  • Weeding
  • Turning soil.
MORNING TEA MORNING TEA
SESSION 2
  • Soil types
  • Implementation
  • Site preparation
  • Planting trees and shrubs
  • Planting groundcovers
SESSION 2
  • Cutting back plants
  • Irrigation
  • Composting
LUNCH LUNCH
SESSION 3
  • Basic planting combinations
  • Construction of simple garden features
SESSION 3
  • Pesticides
  • Safety in the Garden
  • Water-wise Gardening
  • Indigenous and exotic plants
  • Plant list
END OF DAY 1 END OF DAY 2

FEEDBACK FROM PAST DELEGATES
  • I have learnt lots and go away inspired and motivated and hungry to know more.
  • Once Joseph had completed to course he was very eager to part with new knowledge, (I even learnt a few things from him!) and put into practice what he had learnt.
  • Samuel returned very enthused from the course. He is already able to implement practical planting and design techniques learnt.
  • This is the best thing we could have done for Barry – He is very motivated and takes pride in his work now.


Three-Day International Landscape Design Course


  • This course equips you with a clear mandate as to what design is all about and provide you with the basic principals of design so that you have an understanding of garden layout and structures together with how to combine plants together.

The objectives of this course are as follows: -
  • Surveying
  • Scale
  • Drawing
  • Finding out what you really want
  • teach invaluable, time saving tricks of the trade
  • All topics presented in an interactive manner
  • Lavishly illustrated with slides and includes a fully comprehensive plant list with live examples of each plant.

Course Outline: -

DAY 1
David Stevens

DAY 2
David Stevens

DAY3
Jo-Anne Hilliar

SESSION 1

  • Course introduction
  • The basis of good garden design
  • What have you got and what do you want?
  • How to survey and measure you garden
  • The importance of preparing a scale drawing on which to base a design
  • Slides on different garden styles

     

SESSION 1

  • The importance of a hard landscape structure which forms the ‘bones’ of the garden
  • The floor, verandahs, Decks, paving, paths and lawns
  • How surfaces can visually control space in the way in which they are laid
  • Boundary treatments
  • Group discussion and general questions and answers

     

SESSION 1

  • All elements involved in planting from planning to implementation and maintenance
  • Building up the planting plan
  • Planting programme
  • Indigenous / Exotic mix
  • Basic planting combinations and ground rules
  • Practicalities and tips for planting
  • Plant list – practical session on planting combinations
  • Closure

     

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

SESSION 2

  • Garden design principles and ‘borrowed’ landscape
  • Tension, mystery and surprise
  • The use of architectural and informal shapes
  • Which garden style will suit you- formal / informal / asymmetric / freeform – with example of each
  • Preparing an outline scheme to formulate your ideas
  • Group discussion and general questions and answers.

SESSION 2

  • How to achieve tension, mystery and surprise by the use of vertical features, including    dividers, screens and hedges.
  • Focal points – importance and positioning.
  • The importance of ‘ceilings’, overheads, arches and pergolas
  • Ways with water
  • Slides
  • Group discussion and general questions and answers

SESSION 2

  • Construction of design plan
  • Presentation of design
  • Closure

END OF DAY 1

END OF DAY 2

END OF DAY 3


FEEDBACK FROM PAST DELEGATES
  • The last three days have been an eye-opener into garden design and I have learned more than I dreamed I would and gained confidence.
  • Presentation was excellent, riveting and fun.
  • Thank you for all that you have both put into a truly wonderful course. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself; learnt a great deal and I can’t wait to put it into my garden
  • It was most meaningful to learn how to group and position with 3-D effect and use more hardlandscaping.
  • I found the contents covered very informative and as they were so enthusiastically explained it really did sink in.
  • Help was offered at all times and talking in ‘basic’ gardening terms so we could understand. The spirit in which the course was held was wonderful

Gardening for Bio-Diversity Correspondence Course

There is growing awareness of the rapid degradation of indigenous flora, its effects on our environment, the need for conservation of species, and making a difference in one’s own environment. This course aims to create an awareness of the conflict between nature and man for space on the planet and then provide practical information on how to make even a small difference in one’s garden and community. Its aim is to develop a positive attitude towards biodiversity, nature and the environment. Delegates will be encouraged to plant indigenous vegetation to attract wildlife, so that domestic gardens can make a contribution towards restoring natural ecology in urban areas.

In this course, each element of a garden is examined and recommendations made so as to achieve a garden that will attract birds, insects and wildlife by providing host plants, flowers and seeds. You will take an in-depth look at your own garden to discover ways of creating a bio diverse niche. In general, those who favour indigenous gardening tend to be aware of the need to conserve our fauna and flora. To complete this course and maximize its benefits, you will have to make space for birds, bees and caterpillars, as well as exercise much patience. In turn, you will reap the rewards of a peaceful haven filled with the wonder of exciting new garden visitors, and the knowledge that you are aiding nature conservation.

The basis of gardening for biological diversity is an in-depth understanding of the environment, its various elements, and how to work with them to allow the equilibrium of all the elements to be regained.

This practical correspondence course is divided into seven modules that students may work through in their own time, at their own pace. A guide is provided to assist students through each step. It is essential that students understand the scope of each topic in order to fully appreciate it.

You will be required to carry out research for most of the seven modules, completing exercises both theoretical and practical. The ultimate goal is the final module, where students are obliged to present a case study on an area of their choice, utilising information researched and learned.

Topics covered are:

1. THE CONCEPT OF BIODIVERSITY
2. INDIGENOUS OVER EXOTIC
3. PEST CONTROL IN THE GARDEN
4. THREATENED SPECIES AND WATERWISE GARDENING
5. PLANTING TO ENCOURAGE BIODIVERSITY
6. PRACTISING BIODIVERSITY
7. PRACTICAL DAY

This course is vital for the environmentally conscious gardener.

The cost of the programme is currently R 3 500.00


David Stevens International Landscape Design Correspondence Diploma

This specially devised distance-learning course leads students through all the stages of planning a garden. The package is divided into six modules, undertaken one at a time. David Stevens personally assesses and grades each section constructively and critically, as he is a firm believer in positive interaction and feedback in any learning process. Whilst the course is hard work, it is also enormous fun.

The six modules take students from looking at, seeing and understanding their environment; to surveying and preparing scale drawings; onto the spectrum of hardlandscape materials and how to use them. This leads to a vitally important design module allowing students to prepare a scheme for a garden of their choice, which will be drawn to scale, incorporating many of the features studied. This aspect links to the topic of plants and planting plans, based on the design already undertaken. The course concludes with a module covering the choice and use of pots, containers, focal points and other invaluable accessories.

This programme usually takes about a year to complete, but there is no limit on the time scale. The cost of the programme is currently R6500.00 but is subject to change.

On successful completion of the course, a diploma is awarded in recognition of work undertaken and the standard achieved.

The course is enhanced by Jo-Anne Hilliar’s position as South African coordinator. She offers invaluable horticultural support and arranges tutorials as necessary. David Stevens is available to see students during his twice-yearly visits to South Africa.

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"David [Stevens] and Jo-Anne are a brilliant combination of intelligence and the course was fantastic - thank you"

Three-day International Landscape Design Course 2004
 
"I am exhausted yet refreshed and inspired at the same time!"

The landscape Design Business Practice Course 2005
 

PAETA APPLICATION

The Jo-Anne Hilliar School of Landscape Design is in the process of applying to be accredited by the Primary Agriculture Education Training Authority.



For bookings or enquiries please contact Nikki / Jo-Anne on (031) 262 4654 / 082 447 4824.
Alternatively e-mail us at Joanne@hillscapes.co.za or write to us
P.O Box 1487, Wandsbeck, Durban, 3631

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