David Davidson: Professional Landscape Designer and Award Winning Chelsea Flower Show Exhibitor
Irene School of Garden Design
The Irene School of Garden Design is an educational institution that offers a variety of courses that encompass the needs of every prospective student.
Designing Gardens for Life
Irene School of Garden Design believes that aspiring landscapers should design gardens for life. Gardens that are designed for life are an extension of our everyday lives. Not only do gardens add value to our properties; but they also enrich us as individuals, they enhance and maintain ecosystems, and they provide spatial qualities where human life and nature merge.
We design gardens, and gardens define us.
Landscaping and garden design today, are one of the world's most popular professions and hobbies. Even though landscape design is steeped in age old traditions and history, the art of gardening today is much more than combining plants with elements, it has a modern sensitivity to ecological needs and spatial layout and design.
We, at Irene School of Garden Design, strive to inspire our students through design, theory and practical application to channel their passion and creativity as an expression of life in landscapes.
The superior choice in landscape design education.
Irene School of Garden Design has been actively presenting landscape design courses and upholding industry standards since 2001. We are based in Centurion, Gauteng and we present short courses countrywide. Courses have been presented internationally, including the Lusaka Garden Club in Zambia.
We offer a variety of courses ranging from short introduction courses to extensive one year courses in the various fields of garden design.
Irene School of Garden Design has over 10 years of experience in offering an outstanding quality of education which is of a highly sought after standard in the landscaping industry.
"The Irene School of Garden Design curriculum comprises both full-time and part-time courses dealing with all aspects of garden design. The theoretical modules are comprehensive and detailed, and are underpinned by opportunities for practical experience, also on a full-time or a part-time basis.
The Principal and owner of Irene School of Garden Design, Lee Burger, is qualified in both the art as well as the science of garden design and landscape architecture. Lee offers students unique opportunities for personalised tuition and practical training for their chosen careers.
Through the opportunity of working together with a group from the School on the rebuild of the Chelsea Flower Show exhibition project at Garden World, I was struck by the dedication and enthusiasm of these students, their good rapport, and their obvious enjoyment of participating in the creative process." - David Davidson
Lee Burger - BSc LArch (Pret), BL Hons (Pret), ML Prof (Pret)
School Principal & Principal Lecturer
Lee Burger is the principal of Irene School of Garden Design and is the principal lecturer for the professional courses. Lee is a conferring lecturer and assessor for leading educational institutions and universities, and does consulting work for leading architectural and Landscape architectural firms. Lee Burger has been an active lecturer at the Irene School of Garden Design since 2006 and has completed numerous projects in the industry, including landscape design and urban planning for Anglo Platinum, Bell and various significant residential developments.
Lee's vision for the expansion and progression of the landscaping industry through education and design is unique and extraordinary. "Diversity and individual expression amongst students is the holistic vision of the world we inhabit; through design we translate our surrounding landscapes."
Lecturer, Author & Founding Member
Helen, who presents Irene School of Garden Design's introductory course, has been interested in gardening from a very young age. "I struggled for years to make sense of the various gardens that my husband and I owned, but it was only after my youngest child finished school that I enrolled in a garden design college in Johannesburg S.A. Within two lectures, covering design principals and plant design, the pieces of the puzzle had fallen into place. I finally understood where I had been going wrong. In addition learning to draw to scale and planning garden designs on paper was a real eye-opener."
Helen has also co-authored the book, "Making Sense of Garden Design", which is a set book in the curriculum of the courses offered by the school.
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