Welcome – Designing Gardens for Life

VISION. Designing gardens for life…

Welcome - Designing Gardens for Life - Irene School of Garden design believes that what is outside our front door is not just a garden. It is far more than just an appealing arrangement of plants and spaces; it is a part of life. We live our lives in it. It should be a carefully planned arrangement of spaces, plants, hard and soft landscape design features as well as an enlightenment for the senses and soul. Gardens are emporiums where the eyes wander and the feet follows, it is the interface we as human beings share with the natural world. Gardens enrich us, they enhance symbiotic ecosystems where nature can creep into our heavily designed urban environments, they revive our emotions and they solve our site problems. But most of all gardens are full of every different kind of life imaginable. They are a kind of life for us to live in.

MISSION. Educate with passion, empower with knowledge…

Whilst our values are old-fashioned our methods are far from conventional. Our mission is to uplift the standards of garden design, garden installation, and garden maintenance industries in South Africa through contemporary teaching methods, holistic design principals and ecological and environmental awareness. Irene School of Garden Design is passionate about the outdoor environment and the design thereof.  We aim to educate and empower trough continually assessed, up to date and hugely successful course material. We teach with love and cling to our vision to design better outdoor environments for living in. Industry involvement is vital; therefore Irene School of Garden Design is proud to announce that they form part of a new initiative in the green industry that benefits everyone - the Independent Garden Designer’s Forum for South Africa and Africa. Irene School of Garden Design strives to inspire our students through design, theory and practical application to channel their passion and creativity as an expression of life in the landscape.

HERITAGE. Continuing a long line of tradition…

Landscape Design or Gardening is one of the world’s oldest and most popular professions. Landscape design is steeped in tradition, and today this legendary profession could not be more alive. Everyone has some kind of connection to plants, gardens and landscapes, whether it is the food that we eat, the hobby we engage in, or the career we pursue. The avenues for success have never been so expansive, from the broad fields of design, installation and maintenance, to the specialised fields of specific design, botany, irrigation and conservation. Garden and landscape design is continuing to grow from the roots of our history. We honour and celebrate the age-old and ever evolving profession of gardening because we know we are where we are today because of the passion, care and knowledge from our past.

GROW. A positive future…

Planting a seed and watching it grow takes patience, compassion, motivation and hope. People are no different, and there are as many different kinds of people as there are plants. Irene School of Garden Design, its staff, and its lecturers, are as eager and motivated to see you grow as you are. We aim to provide a truly inspiring journey to our students, and we strive to see the awe inspiring potential germinate, grow and blossom to add indescribable pleasure and value to your life. We believe in a personalised approach, with smaller classes that provide each individual, no matter what their age or background, with the perfect conditions for optimal performance, and ultimately growth. Become part of the better, greener future you envisage…