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Introduction to Green Roofs and Green Walls

An introduction to designing living, functional and beautiful green roofs and walls

This 8-session course will be offered again in 2022

from $65 – 640

8 weeks

Coming in 2022

Green wall and green roof systems are becoming increasingly popular for turning facades, walls and roofs into living systems. As well as being great aesthetic feature, these systems also play a role in improving urban biodiversity, reducing stormwater run off and can also add to the energy efficiency of a building.

This course is an introduction to green roofs and green wall systems, with a focus on the Melbourne environment. It walks you through the different systems available and their installation as well as design and maintenance considerations. You will learn about plant selection and maintenance, soil and substrate types, and basic irrigation models. The course covers low- tech and low-cost options suitable for renters and temporary gardens. A mix of theory and hands-on practical sessions that aim to build your skills while working towards your own design that you will present on completion of the course.

*Subject to Government restrictions, components of this course may be delivered either in person or online.

Course Sessions:

Session 1. Introduction and Overview

Session 2. Foundations to designing green roofs and walls

Session 3. Designing for new and existing buildings

Session 4. Plant selection for Green Roofs and Walls

Session 5. Design implementation and maintenance

Session 6. Vertical farms and microgreens

Session 7. Low cost and temporary solutions

Session 8. Industry pathways and green infrastructure tour (restrictions dependent)

* Please note no session will run on 2 November due to the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $65 – ACFE Information and Eligibility

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or for more information and to book an interview.

Darren Tinker (CERES Education’s Biodiversity Programs Coordinator) originally comes from country Victoria, where he grew up on a small farm and spent his spare time exploring local bushlands. Fulfilling the role as CERES Biodiversity Programs Coordinator, Darren is passionate educator with a sincere interest in all things CERES and the wonderful people that make up our community. Darren has a keen interest in plants and the way people interact with the natural environment, he has a background in geography, land management and horticulture, and applied his skills to environmental projects locally and abroad, gaining a deep understanding of the local and global climate challenges we’re facing. Darren loves being a part of CERES and contributing to the role we play in helping us all to fall in love with the earth again. Outside of CERES, Darren enjoys many activities that get him outdoors, particularly gardening, bike rides and hiking.

Guest Speakers:

Ben Nicholson from The Urban Greener/Groof Consulting

John Hassall from Greenly

Tim Foster, Architect – Peter Elliot Architecture and Urban Design

What to bring

  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’

What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.