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Garden design tutorials?

Postby not registered yet » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:29 pm

Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum so good day to you all and thanks for the welcome Coen :)

I've just got Sketchup and have been working through the basic tutorials, however I'm interested in using the program for garden design. I'd like to find some tutorials that are relevant to garden and landscape design. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby dylan » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:30 pm

Hi Doc,

Welcome!

There are not any direct landscaping tutorials as such that I know off, but a few which cover landscaping using the Sandbox Tool.

Check this link out. Videos 18 & 19 should cover some of what you require.

http://sketchup.google.com/gsu5vtvideos.html

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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby Krisidious » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:31 pm

welcome Doc...

as far as use in Garden I don't think we have much... as of yet... But I'll work on something for you... what kind of gardening?

also... go ahead and watch the tuts on a number of uses... they will all help you, and you'll realize how each can best be of use in gardening as you watch...

Tom is our resident Tree Expert... he builds some fantastic relaistic Trees and plants... he can probably help out on how to make natural shapes that would form in nature instead of the hard lines we use in architecture...

I'll send him a note and point this thread out to him...
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Postby not registered yet » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:31 pm

Hi Dylan, ty for the link :) I've discovered the sandbox tool :) although I can't seem to alter the radius from it's default 30 feet at the moment. I'm typing in the new radius but it seems to revert to default when I try to use the tool. Anyway I'll check those tutorials out, ta very much.

And thanks for your reply Krisidious, Well initially I'd like to do a design for my allotment but I'm interested in garden design, landscape design and architecture(Frank Lloyd Wright is a fave), growing trees is another passion of mine so I can't wait to see some of Tom's trees!

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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby boofredlay » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:32 pm

Welcome DOC_G :!:
If you are anxious to see his trees I used these in a subdivision project.



Tom posted some on the old forum and I grabbed all I could. His plant materials are awesome!

As for the radius on the Sandbox tool, make sure you hit enter after typing the new radius.

As for any tuts on landscape, my first advice, like others already, is to go through all the tutorials on the SU site. Then play around. When you have a situation you can't remedy, just ask.
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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby Krisidious » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:33 pm

well FLW stuff will be a breeze in sketchup... he loved long straight stacking media... and that is easily accomplished in SU...

what you'll want to do to start yourself off is measure your lot.

perhaps go to your local municipality's website and see about getting a jpg image of your survey or lot lines...

then import that picture into SU... if you don't have the lot layout, then you'll need to take measurements and build the lot yourself... locate trees, with two measurements, one from the closest side, and one from the closets end. locate other misc. things on your lot like sheds and pumps and gardens with the same measuring style locating the distance to the closest lot lines... then add the extra step of measuring the perimeter of the structure or object.

once you've built this lot plan... on a flat 2D surface, then come back and we'll start grouping and building it up...

till then...
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Postby Krisidious » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:33 pm

Boo... that is just beautiful... so precise and so alive and so simple... highlights what someone with a lil SU and some insight can do... awesome. I'd love to see that in the gallery...
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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby Edson » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:34 pm

do not forget to look at go-2-school's excellent podcasts.

welcome.

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Postby dylan » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:34 pm

I havent seen some of those plants Eric. I really like the last image and the blue and yellow plants - very nice.
Are these Tom's?
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Postby boofredlay » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:35 pm

The only thing that is green in those images that is not Tom's is the grass D

I posted these in the old forum, actually larger and more images, and obviously gave the plant material credit where it was due. I will try to rustle up the other images and place them in the Gallery tomorrow.
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Postby not registered yet » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:36 pm

Thanks for the replies guys :) I guess my first question was one of approach, whether to create a 3d terrain first or start with a flat plan, and Kristoff has answered that for me. My allotment is about 120'x26' with the long axis on an east-west axis and a gradual slope with a fall of about 6' along the long axis. I've cleared the site of weeds and brushwood and there are no fences so it is a blank canvas. When I draw my 2D plan out should I start with the rectangle tool and place a rectangle of 120x26 to represent the surface of the ground within the plot or would it be better to use the default ground surface that sketchup supplies and draw in the boundaries(and other features) line by line with the pencil tool? anyway I'll crack on with getting my plan sorted and let u know how I'm getting on

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Re: Garden design tutorials?

Postby Krisidious » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:36 pm

Tom's trees look real nice!
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Postby not registered yet » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:37 pm

Thanks Kristoff, I'll work on the 2D plan and let you know once it's done. May be a day or two tho as I'm very busy this week best regards

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