Fast-Track Garden Design Formula

Online Course

Learn the simple method for designing any size or shape of garden

Simple Design Formula

Learn which design layout will suit different shape and size gardens. Getting this right is the key to design success.

Maximise Space

Make the most of the available space and make the garden look more interesting using simple designer tricks.

Add the WOW Factor

Make any size or shape garden have the WOW factor with correct placement of features to create the most impact.

  • no complex software required
  • suitable for complete beginners 
  • methods taught work anywhere in the world
  • suitable for any shape of garden
  • 100% online - works with computers & mobile devices

Learn garden design from home without expensive years of study

The Fast-Track Garden Design Formula is the simple way of learning garden design to a professional level (in weeks not years). 

International garden designer Rachel Mathews has put her 25 years of experience designing every conceivable shape and size of garden into a simple step-by-step formula. She's designed in countries all over the world including the UK, Malaysia the USA, Australia, Africa, Switzerland and Spain, to name a few.

Learn the pattern, not the theory...

Traditional teaching methods rarely use practical how-to steps. Trying to learn how to design from academic theory takes a long time and entails lots of trial and error and frustration.

A simpler and faster method is to study what works in certain types of gardens. For instance, long, narrow gardens require a completely different design layout from wide, square or awkward shaped gardens.

You'll learn all the things they don't teach in books and traditional college courses.

Who is the Fast-Track Garden Formula Design Course for?

  • Anyone who's been struggling to create a great looking garden without success
  • Complete beginners as well as experienced gardeners 
  • Keen hobbyists who are considering garden design as a second income source

Meet the course tutor, see inside the course & examples of student designs


Fast-Track Garden Formula Modules and Bonus Course


Get started with the KEY concepts you’ll need to know to successfully create a stunning garden. The module shows you how to start and how to know which style of garden suits your needs.


Delve deeper into the ‘Shape First System’ that’s KEY to successfully designing any size garden. Rachel walks you through how the system works while showing you a formula to getting the proportions right for your size garden.


Rachel demonstrates the rules for different design shapes and styles of garden. So if your garden is long and narrow, how you arrange the shapes will be completely different to those in wide or square gardens. Awkward shaped gardens also have their own rules.


Learn Rachel’s cunning tricks that make spaces look different. The types of materials you use and even subtle things like the direction you lay the flooring in make a TREMENDOUS difference to how big your garden looks and feels.


Time to add the ‘WOW’ factor to your garden by adding features, lighting, in-built seating etc. The trick is to fully utilise the space while adding storage and interest. Print off this module’s useful ‘cheat sheets’ that cover all the main design shapes and principles for each garden shape.

BONUS – Survey Your Garden Mini-Course

Before you start the design process, it’s really important to have an accurate scale plan to work from. That way you will know that your design fits your garden accurately. You’ll also be equipped to order the correct amount of materials to build your garden. Drawing a scale plan isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The downloadable PDF guide and 4 short video tutorials guide you through the entire process step-by-step. There’s also a BONUS video included that shows you how to make a simple drawing board.

Pricing Options

Choose how you want to learn



($264 USD)

100% online - start anytime

5 downloadable design PDFs 

13 fast-track design video tutorials

9 BONUS video tutorials

20 garden inspiration galleries

Lifetime access to the course

BONUS Survey Formula Course









(OR $799 USD)

100% online - start anytime

5 downloadable design PDFs 

13 fast-track design video tutorials

9 BONUS video tutorials

20 garden inspiration galleries

Lifetime access to the course

BONUS Survey Formula Course

BONUS Garden Style Wizard (£48)

5 Minute Plant Expert (£48)

Plant Design Formula Course (£198)

FEEDBACK from Rachel (£249) up to 2 design plans (not planting schemes)

TOTAL VALUE £741 buy together for £597



Gift Purchases

If you wish to give the course as a gift, after purchase email us the details of the recipient and we will send them the course on the date you specify.

Frequently Asked Questions

Immediate, lifetime access to the Survey Formula, the Fast-Track Garden Design Formula and ability to ask Rachel questions in the members' area (though she's rarely needed as the courses are so thorough).

No. Absolutely not. The course is designed to show both complete beginners and experienced gardeners a really simple design method that can be used to transform any size, shape or style of garden, quickly and easily.

There are 7 in the Survey Formula Course and 50 in the Fast-Track Garden Design Formula (20 of which are image galleries).

The course is 100% online, with immediate, lifetime access. So you can view it any time that is convenient for you, as many times as you want.

Yes. The design techniques shown in the course work on any garden, anywhere! The principles of design do not change. The landscaping materials and plants will need to suit your location but the underlying framework of good design is a constant and not location specific.

You will definitely learn something new. The methods I teach in the Fast-Track Garden Formula are ones that I’ve developed over the last 25 years as a professional garden designer, so you won’t have come across them anywhere else. Good design is a completely different skill to gardening. What you’ll learn in the course will enhance your existing knowledge.

That will depend on how much time you devote to it each week and your individual learning style. As a rough guide, the main design section of the Small Garden Formula could be completed over a weekend, but I would recommend you take 2 weekends to allow time for the information to be fully absorbed. The survey course included with the course can also be completed over a weekend.

No. The course has been primarily designed for homeowners who wish to improve their own garden without needing to attend a college course for weeks on end, so there is no qualification. That being said, I have had a lot of landscape professionals who've done the course and say that they've learned more from it than their professional certified training courses! Only our Great Garden Formula course has the option for a diploma.

You can ask Rachel any questions you have about the course material in the members' area of the website.

This isn't something that's included in the course, but as a Fast-Track Garden Formula student you can purchase a plan review service from Rachel at a reduced cost, if you want her to double check your design.

If you have a question that hasn't been answered above, please email us here.

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