Planning and planting a scented garden with Annie Guilfoyle

Ref: S1D31768

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About this course

Learn how and why plants are scented, and how to use these to advantage in garden design. Annie will cover the fundamentals of how to plot a planting plan and you will have the opportunity to research scented plants that are suitable for your own garden.

Course Description

The day will begin with an in-depth lecture on why and how plants are scented and how we can use scented plants to our advantage in design. Annie has gathered interesting research information from various designers and horticulturalists on how they use scented plants, which she will share on the day.

There will be a discussion on how to research scented plants that are suitable for your own garden and Annie will demonstrate how to plot a planting plan.

You will then have the opportunity to begin researching the appropriate scented plants for your garden under Annie’s supervision, with guidance on where to source your plants.

The aim is to share enough information during the day to enable you to create your own planting plan at home, once you have completed the day.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Tracing paper, either A3 or A2
  • Layout paper, A3 or A2
  • A circle guide
  • A scale ruler
  • A mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Any garden books or magazines for reference (West Dean will also provide reference material.)
  • Notebook
  • Coloured pencils (not essential, but useful)
  • Photos of your garden (or area to be planted)
  • Information on your soil – pH and soil type, i.e. Clay, sandy, loam

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • All of the drawing items and paper above can be purchased at West Dean.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Annie Guilfoyle, gardening tutor at West Dean College

Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle has a BA in Garden Design from Middlesex University, her design studio Creative Landscapes is based in West Sussex. Her work is draws upon influences from art and architecture. She combines running her studio with lecturing internationally.

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