The Basics

From sitting down and using SketchUp for the first time, through to building a sample garden model, our Foundation Course assumes that you’re a complete beginner and gently eases you in to working with SketchUp. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in just one day!

Who’s it for?

Our Foundation Course is suitable for Garden Designers, Landscape Contractors, and anyone who works in the Landscaping Industry interested in using SketchUp in their work. It’s aimed at people who are either brand new to SketchUp, or who may have some experience of using the software but are in need of a refresher. 

What Experience Do You Need?

Put simply: None.  Many of our students are completely new to SketchUp.  Our Foundation Course starts right from setting the software up and concludes with students building a step by step, simple garden model.  SketchUp is easy to learn and use; if you can use a mouse, you can learn to use SketchUp in a day.

Students getting to grips with our Sketchup for Garden Design (Foundation) course at London Stone, Farnham

What Will You Learn?

The course is a day long session by the end of which, you’ll have had an introduction to all of the basic tools and best-practices that you require in order to start using SketchUp and you’ll be able to go away and start working on your own garden design models with confidence.  

Morning Session

  • Introduction to SketchUp. Understand what SketchUp is and how you can best use it in your garden design and landscaping work.
  • Start using Sketchup. Learn how to set the programme up and navigate your way around the workspace.
  • Navigation. Learn how best to move around your model.
  • Tools. Learn how to use all of the main tools you’ll be using in your day to day work.
  • Groups vs Components.
  • 3D Warehouse. Learn how to use pre-made models in your own SketchUp work.

Afternoon Session

Start using SketchUp in a real-life practical way by working through a step-by step guide to create a simple garden model using all you’ve learned during the day.

What is the Course Format?

You can sit our Foundation Course in a number of different ways to suit time, location and budget.

One2One with your Tutor

Enjoy a personalised learning experience in the comfort and familiarity of your own office or workspace. Our tutors will visit you for the day and spend their time and energy focused on your own unique learning requirements


If you’re too far away from our tutors to receive an individual training session, take the opportunity to sit the course remotely using the latest online video conferencing systems. Our online courses allow students from around the world to learn how to use SketchUp.

Group Learning

Get the benefit of other students’ questions and input in one of our group training sessions. Currently held at our centres in London and Farnham we provide group sessions capped at 6 students per group so you get the benefit of learning with others while not feeling like you’re being left to it as part of a larger group.