By: Mary Ellen Ellis
Drawing in the garden, or actually drawing your garden, can be a fun hobby. It can also be practical if you are designing a new landscape or want to get into botanical illustration or landscape design. It’s even a fun activity for the kids. Whether you are enjoying a new activity for fun or working toward a bigger goal, sketching in the garden requires just a few simple tools.
Sketching and Drawing in the Garden
To make garden sketches or drawings, it helps to have a background in art or to take a beginner class, but this isn’t necessary. Anyone can draw and it’s possible to get better at it with practice, even without expert training. Here are some of the basic tools you need to get started:
- Paper. Of course, you need something to draw on. If you are new to drawing, start with a good quality sketchbook with lots of pages you can practice on. For kids, any paper will do.
- Pencils. Believe it or not, there is more than one kind of pencil. To start out in drawing outside, buy a small set of drawing pencils that has three or four different types. Crayons or paints are good for kids.
- Eraser. You’ll also need a good eraser, not just for mistakes but for smudging and blending. Get one specifically for drawing in pencil.
- Easel or lap board. Until you are sure you enjoy this new hobby, you may want to try a lap board. Easels are costlier. A lap board will simply sit in your lap so you have a flat, stable surface for drawing.
How to Draw Your Garden
Of course, there really are no rules when it comes to sketching in the garden. You can draw whatever you want, what moves you or challenges you, from the entire space to individual flowers and details. Use color or black and white. Draw for detail or go abstract. But mostly have fun.
On a practical level, knowing how to draw a garden layout can help you with planning and design. Drawing perspective can be challenging, but anyone can learn do to it. The key to getting perspective right for a garden layout is to find the horizon line and vanishing point. You and the kids can even learn this together.
Looking at your scene, find the horizon line first and draw it as a horizontal line across your paper. The vanishing point, where all the perspective lines from foreground to background meet, will be on this line. Use any lines in your garden, such as walkways, or the edge of the grass, to sketch in these perspective lines to the vanishing point.
Once you have these, and it may take you a few tries, you can fill in all the details.
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Drawing In The Garden – How To Make Garden Sketches - garden
This article describes the steps when using the RoomSketcher App on a computer or tablet.
You can add impressive outdoor areas to your floor plans. Make a lawn, path, driveway or garden bed by drawing zones. This article covers the following topics:
Tip: Before you start drawing outdoor zones, it’s a good idea to paint the exterior of your building. It is a quicker process to paint all the exterior walls before you create outdoor zones. For detailed steps on how to paint the exterior of a building, see Paint and Decorate Walls.
To draw an outdoor zone
- Open a project in the RoomSketcher App.
- Click or tap the red Mode button and open Walls mode.
- Click the Divider tool and draw the outline of your outdoor area. Make sure to draw a completely enclosed area (or you will not be able to add grass and other materials in the next steps).
Use this technique to add paths, patios, garden areas, or even a swimming pool!
- In Walls mode, c lick the Divider tool and draw additional zones. Remember to draw complete enclosed shapes.
- Click the Select tool and select an area or zone to view its Properties on the right. If desired, you can type a name for the area, such as “Driveway” or “Yard” in Zone Name.
- Click Advanced Properties and set Show Ceiling to OFF for each zone or area.
Materials include concrete, grass, soil, and even water.
- Click the red Mode button and switch to Materials mode.
- Search for a yard material, such as Concrete, Grass, Gravel, Soil, Paving stone, or Water. Then drag and drop it to your yard area.
Add Fences, Railings or Hedges
- In Walls mode, use the Select tool and click a divider line (that you added when drawing your outside zones above) to select it.
- On the right, click Railing. Click a fence or hedge to select it, then click Apply.
- To see the results in 3D, take a Snapshot.
Note: Hedges are available for all Pro customers. Don't have Pro yet? No Problem! You can directly upgrade from our RoomSketcher Pricing Page .
Add Furniture & Accessories
Find outdoor furniture and accessories in Furniture mode. Tip: Open the Outdoor category, or use the Search to locate items. You’ll find cars, bicycles, lawn mowers, fences & garden gates, outdoor fireplaces, pools, swing sets and much more.
- Find garage doors in Windows, etc mode (along with all other doors).
- Another way to add a pool (besides choosing one in Furniture mode) is to create a zone with the Divider tool, and use Materials mode to add the material Water. You can select the pool area and adjust the floor height to lower the pool water height to below ground level.
- With RoomSketcher Pro, you get access to our complete outdoor product library.
An Example Garden with Soil and Plants
You can add soil to a zone or area, and then add plants.
To add soil
- In Materials mode, select a zone, click Floor Material and search for Soil. Click on the soil to select it and click Apply. The soil appears in the zone.
To add plants
- Click the red Mode button and switch to Furniture mode.
- Open the Plants & Accessories category or use the Search to find plant, tree or flower. Since in this example, we are placing plants in the soil, look for items without a planter pot. Click an item to select it and click to place it in the garden bed.
Make sure you have downloaded the RoomSketcher App to your computer or tablet.
Step 1. Select a Garden Design Tool
Not only do you have simple tools such as paper and pencil to get you started, there is also a variety of software tools available on the internet. Both types of tools are excellent at helping you bring everything together into something beautiful, useful, and productive.
We believe both tools should be used. Paper and pencil can be used to record your current garden measurements, and to sketch your ideal layout. Computer software can be used for your final design plans. Garden computer software is very useful as it can be edited easily and drawn to scale.
Below is a garden design plan using a very cheap software program called Garden Planner, from the Amazon store. This is an excellent program due to its simplicity. It allows the user to quickly create a scaled drawing, using a variety of garden features. Having accurate measurements is very useful, as the designer can calculate the amount of materials needed for the project.
Below is an image of the garden created with the help of this software:
Below is a screen shot of the Garden Planner software, available to buy via the Amazon store.
Getting Ready To Draw Your Garden Layout
Before you start drawing out your garden layout, ensure that you’ve selected your crops, decided how many plants of each crop to grow, and calculated how much area each crop will need. You won’t be able to draw an effective map without first planning your plants out properly.
If you haven’t already, download your free garden planner. If you’d like even more guidance, I recommend the Square-Foot Gardening book. It’s available online, in bookstores, and likely at your local library.
When you have your crops selected and your area ready to grow your desired number of plants, you’re almost ready to start mapping!
Beware that the first step of mapping is to draw the perimeter of your garden. If you don’t know the exact perimeter measurements of your garden, now is a good time to measure them. Go find that measuring tape!
Go Outside And Measure Your Garden
Yes, this is required pre-work. Go outside and measure your available garden space. If you don’t yet have a garden, now is a great time to plan the sizing details out. You’ll already have estimated your total available area in the garden planner, so use that as a guide.
While you’re outside, take note of environmental factors such as common wind directions, shadows from other structures, the locations of large trees, and which areas get the most sun. These factors will affect where you place your plants. As you imagine your future garden in the space before you, you’ll naturally start to consider your preferred garden layout and where everything should go.
Most beginner gardeners start with in-ground gardens or container gardens. Most experienced gardeners tend to use raised bed gardens as they are both easier to use and more productive in terms of harvest.
Fill In The Rest Of Your Garden Planner
Once you’ve drawn in the perimeter of your garden, penciled in other factors like trees, paths, and buildings, and sketched in all your crops, you’ll have a very clear idea of what your garden will look like in the spring. Those are the basics to garden layout mapping – and you can add to your map as you go along.
It will be easy to plant your crops outside now that you have a simple, easy-to-follow plan of where to plant things! If you’re just joining the garden planning process now, you can download your own garden planner using the form at the bottom of the page and get started.
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