As head of the Northern School of Garden Design, Richard has run a professional degree level course in garden design. You may also be interested in one of my stand-alone, or short courses. Have a look at the links below.

Hobby Workshops 2022

Professional Workshops


Courses in Vectorworks landmark



Photoshop for Garden Designers


Hobby Workshops 2022

Gardens, Ecology and the Environment. RHS Harlow Carr, 1st April 2022.

Woodland Gardens. RHS Harlow Carr, 22nd April 2022.

Wildlife Gardens. Stillingfleet Lodge Nursery and Garden. 16th May 2022.

Wildlife Gardens. RHS Harlow Carr. 15th July 2022.

The Potager – Ornamental Kitchen Gardens. RHS Harlow Carr. 28th July 2022

Sub-Tropical Gardens. RHS Harlow Carr. 26th August 2022.

Prairies Gardens, Grasses and Aesthetic Naturalism. RHS Harlow Carr. 9th September 2022.

Lawns, Lawn substitutes, Hedges and Topiary. RHS Harlow Carr. 14th October 2022.

Plants For Problem Places. RHS Harlow Carr. 20th October 2022.

Winter Gardens. RHS Harlow Carr. 16th December 2022.

Professional Workshops

Vectorworks Landmark training and Mentoring

Contact us now if you would like one to one tuition or mentoring in all things Vectorworks Landmark. This superb programme has everything a garden designer needs in order produce excellent graphics, 3D models, planting plans and construction details all with attendant spreadsheet information.

Richard has recently delivered workshops for the Society of Garden Designers in all things Vectorworks and Twinmotion. Watch this space for the next workshop dates, or contact us now to arrange a one-to-one workshop for your practice.

Beginners Vectorworks

Monday 22nd and Wednesday 14th August, 10.00 – 12.30. This workshop is on Zoom and is on behalf of The Society of Garden Designers. Follow the link here for details and price.

Planting Designs in Vectorworks

Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September, 10.00 – 12.30. This workshop is on Zoom and is on behalf of The Society of Garden Designers. Follow the link here for details and price.

Intermediate Vectorworks

3-D modelling and Construction Details – Friday 23rd May and Monday 26th September, 10.00 – 12.30. This workshop is on Zoom and is on behalf of The Society of Garden Designers. Follow the link here for details and price.

Advanced Vectorworks

Putting it all together and advanced 3D curved structures. This workshop will import survey files, create a site model, geo-locate the project and build a file more or less from start to finish. It will also investigate NURBS structures to create free-form shapes and objects. Friday 30th September and Monday 3rd October, 10.00 – 12.30. This workshop is on Zoom and is on behalf of The Society of Garden Designers. Follow the link here for details and price.

Twinmotion Mentoring and Tuition

This real-time rendering programme has fast become the choice for busy designers. Contact us now if you would like one-one tuition or mentoring in all things Twinmotion.

Northern School of Garden Design

The Northern School of Garden Design will no longer be based at Craven College. Watch this space for a new Professional course in Garden Design coming soon. Also look out for a range of beginners and hobby courses in Garden Design.

Graduates of The Northern School of Garden Design are designing gardens across the UK, and students are winning national competitions for garden designers, most recently with Best in Show RHS Tatton Park 2021.

SketchUp and sketchup Pro for Garden Design 3-D modelling

SketchUp is a simple and effective tool to create visualisations of your design. Our workshops and training in the use of SketchUp and SketchUp Pro will enable your Garden Design practice to produce effective plans with ease.

A model produced in SketchUp.

We have used the basic framework of SketchUp successfully for many years. In many ways, the old methods of section/elevation drawings have been superseded with the use of 3-D computer modelling.

We run workshops in the basics of SketchUp for Garden Design modelling. These include the essentials to get you up and running, how to use the 3-D Warehouse, be creative with visualisation and how to create animations to enable a ‘walk-through’ of the garden for your clients.

SketchUp Pro is the professional version of SketchUp, available for a rolling annual subscription. It has proven to be as effective as Adobe Illustrator for laying out final documents as it enables you to turn your model into fully detailed, scaled and labelled plans using the advanced set of tools in the Layout workspace.

Contact us for details of the next workshop, or if you are interested in a more bespoke support in your use of SketchUp.

creative drawing and visualisation

We can offer workshops in creative drawing and visualisation for garden designers.

Creative drawing techniques.

Let us help with the creative investigations in the early stages of a design, right through to hand-drawn elements of a detailed Concept Plan. Your 3D garden design can sell the idea to a client; we have years of experience in the arts as well as garden design in visualising the project. Richard graduated from University with a First Class honours degree in Fine Art and as a qualified teacher has years of experience delivering courses in creative drawing.

Photoshop for Garden Designers

Photoshop is the ‘go-to’ programme to add that final layer of artistry to your designs. We offer workshops and training for Garden Designers in the use of Photoshop.

Starting from a SketchUp model and working it up in Photoshop

The typical ‘workflow’ for designers is to move through the creative stage of a new project on the drawing board, and then to progress to detailed plans produced using CAD software (Vectorworks, SketchUp, etc.).

Invaluable in the final stages of preparing plans is reviewing the artistry of the work – let’s face it, CAD drawings in the raw are somewhat… computerised!

This is where Photoshop comes in. Typically, designers export chosen views of their designs to Photoshop, render the graphics adding shadows, texture, colour etc. Finally, this is sent to either Vectorworks, Layout or Illustrator for paste-up.

A simple SketchUp model…
… becomes a textured image after work in Photoshop.

We can provide workshops in the use of Photoshop for Garden Design, as well as some of the plug-in options to render designs directly from within SketchUp. Contact us to find out dates of any forthcoming workshops, or if you would like us to provide support in your use of advanced rendering tools.

Planting Design Workshops

We offer a range of workshops, talks and lectures on different aspects of Planting Design.

As Head of the Northern School of Garden Design, Richard has years of experience in lecturing, and has developed numerous resources through workshop development.

Subjects range from beginners planting, naturalistic (grassy) plantings, the formal garden, shady/woodland sites, etc.

A naturalistic planting design.

Richard has worked with Stephen and Kim Rogers at Dove Cottage Nursery.

Talks, courses and workshops can be arranged for gardening and horticultural societies. Contact us to find out the date of the next workshop, or if you would like Richard to deliver a workshop for you.

© Richard Easton 2022