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Within the Nordplus Adult 2021 project “Urban Garden Specialist” partners aim to develop an 80-hour lifelong education programme "Urban Gardening" for adults in 4 languages. The content will comprise of the modules on landscape planning and design, plant compatibility, sustainable use of land and urban green spaces, the history of the "parklet" concept and necessities for their construction. The programme will be designed for implementation as an on-site, online or a hybrid (partially on-site, partially online programme). The programme will be designed in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Swedish

The audience of the programme are adults with or without prior knowledge in the field. These can be young people or seniors who are eager to make their cities greener. The programme may also be interesting for people with disabilities. The programme will consist of two parts, which will allow people to decide whether to acquire the basics or gain a higher level of proficiency in horticulture and design. All partners have experience in adult lifelong training programme design; each partner specialises in a certain field – horticulture, technical regulations, design, translation services, and work with adult trainees/immigrants, who will be the audience of the course.

Project period 07/2021 - 06/2023

Project number NPAD-2021/10161

Grant proposed 43910 EUR

3 countries

Green growth 

Climate change

Sustainable development

Project aim

UGS aim

The partners want to create a new programme that will foster the concept of green cities. The programme will be designed to be launched both in the classroom or as a distance learning programme. It will assist adults in learning new skills that will help them to improve their living environments. The programme will target its enrolment at young people, adults, or seniors, and will foster the quality of these people’s lives. The programme will also be valuable for people from the unprivileged social backgrounds or disabled people, as it will allow them to gain basic skills to find a job as well as cope with social and psychological barriers.  

Oxygen Cities
City Garden

There is a lack of green spaces in modern cities, and there is strong interest in making households greener and more sustainable among their inhabitants.

People in Library

There is a lack of adult professional development programmes that would allow them to learn about the instalment of urban gardens.

Gardening Equipment

The partners work with the audiences of people who would benefit from acquiring the skills on urban garden design, implementation and maintenance.

"Urban Garden Specialist" programme modules

UGS modules
Green Ivy from the Roof
Aerial View of Curved Road
Urban Gardening
Gardening Tools
Community Kitchen Garden
Rooftop Garden
Urban Garden
Gardening Lesson

Module 1 “The Urban Garden Concepts”

Contents: Eco-friendly approaches. Safety. Sustainability. 

Module 2 “Types and Functions of Gardens”

Contents: history of gardens, types, and functions of gardens. 

Module 3 “Landscape Factors”

Contents: Garden as a part of the landscape. Analytical plan of the land plot territory - the rational use of garden space. Landscaping. Working methods with simple tools and machines that do not require special licences, learning about paving materials, materials for basements, walls, and buildings. 

Module 4 “Garden Planning and Ergonomics”

Contents: Spatial planning of functional garden areas. Analysis of directions of movement. Ergonomics, the main principles of composition.

Module 5 “Garden Functional Components”

Contents: Foundations of green areas. Lawn, its types, installation, and care. Basic knowledge of soil education, distinguishing between natural and cultivated plants commonly used in landscape construction, vertical planning and ground preparation. Types of road surfaces, their construction and installation. Establishment of the garden water bodies. Local drainage and irrigation systems. Light in the garden. 

Module 6 “Plant Compatibility and Composition”

Contents: The basics of the working on planting areas. Selection of plants for garden composition. Perennials, annual and biennial flowers in the garden, planting, care, propagation. The most valuable trees in the landscape garden, their planting and care.

Module 7 “Urban Garden Plan”

Contents: Garden plan and presentation. Flower bed layout. Garden installation procedure. Dendrological plan. Founding and maintaining of planting areas. Planning, drawing and designing a garden or part of a garden using various ICT tools; preparing an estimate for ordering materials, storing materials; assessing the site in the wild, marking the planting area and preparing the soil; drawing up a maintenance plan. 

Module 8 “The Basics of Art and Design”

Contents: Floristics. The artistic value of composition. Colour combinations. Plant decorations.

Module 9 “The Parklet and Community Garden Concept”

Contents: the history of these two concepts, cooperation with specialists in construction to plan and install a parklet or to arrange a community garden, documents necessary for coordination of the construction plan.

Progress of the project

UGS Progress
Transnational meeting

Transnational meeting


Transnational meeting

Transnational meeting


Transnational meeting

Transnational meeting


Transnational meeting

Transnational meeting


Transnational meeting

Transnational meeting


When it comes to educational programme development, it is important to find out how the designed materials work in practice. 
Within the Nordplus Adult project “Urban Garden Specialist” the partners have been working for almost two years developing nine modules of the programme. 
On the 14th of March 2023, the partners met in Siauliai for their first transnational meeting.


Find the Module 1 Material Samples


We are happy to share Module 1 “The Urban Garden Concepts” materials with you:

Lessons 1-2.

Garden Concepts and Typology

Lesson 3.

The Urban Garden Concepts. Location and Scale of Urban Garden


Lesson 4.

 The Urban Garden Concepts. Safety and Environmental Design Solutions

Module 1 Teacher Guide


Teacher Resource Pack “Modules for Teachers”




We are Working on Designing an Innovative Lifelong Program about Urban Gardening

Nordplus Project “Urban Garden Specialist”


In 2022/ 2023 Nordplus project “Urban Garden Specialist” partners Bulduru Dārzkopības vidusskola (Bulduri Horticultural School, Latvia), Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte (Riga Technical University, Latvia), B-Creative Association (Sweden), CLIL mācību centrs (CLIL Education Centre, Latvia), and VsI Center for Social Innovation (Lithuania) have been working on developing an 80-hour lifelong education programme “Urban Gardening” for adults.

The partners had regular meetings to agree on the format of materials, to plan the content, discuss methodology, the layout, and digital components of the newly designed materials. The partners have also discussed how to structure and disseminate information to ensure that all aims of the project are achieved.

The course is being designed collaboratively, with partners taking the lead in the field of their specialty.  

The course is being designed in Moodle, a free and open-source learning management system. It is supposed that course materials will be used for running courses for adults. Some modules will be made public to ensure that everyone who is interested in the topic can use them for personal and professional development.

The course materials include:

  • PowerPoint presentations for learners and educators

  • Teacher Guidebooks which serve as curriculum implementation tools to support the teacher

  • Modules for Teachers, the materials which reveal the content and can be used by students who decide to acquire the course through independent studies in Moodle

  • Video lectures



Access to the Designed Materials Currently, the following materials are designed and placed in Moodle( project partners have access to the designed materials.Module 1 materials are available for free preview and use on the 24 June 2022.

Find the Module 1 material samples below:

Links to PowerPoint presentation and Teacher Guidebook – will be available on the 24 June 2022.


Progress of the Project

During the first year of the project (June 2021 – June 2022) the following module materials were designed and systemised in Moodle:

Module 1 “The Urban Garden Concepts” - lesson plans and slides, teacher guidebook, in English, partially in Latvian and Swedish.

Module description:

The concept of urban garden.

In this module we will introduce the concept of urban gardening, variety of aims and typologies.

Students will get acquainted with possible locations and scales of urban garden, as well as correlation between location and certain threats (challenges).

Students will acknowledge environmental design solutions related to crime prevention, as well as types of nature-based solutions in urban gardens.

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Module 2 “Types and Functions of Gardens” - lesson plans and slides, teacher guidebook, modules for teachers in English and Swedish

Module description:

The history and features of gardens.

In this module, students will learn about the garden’s history, how it originated and why.

How long ago the gardens started and when the first plans of the gardens appeared. The students will learn how people understood their needs and how they made gardens meet their needs in different centuries.


Module 3 “Landscape Factors” - lesson plans and slides, teacher guidebook, video lectures in English and Latvian

Module description:

Garden as an integral part of landscape.

Analytical plan of the land plot area.

Environmental analysis.

Analysis of vantage points and scenery.

Facade finishing materials for buildings and other structures.

Selection of garden paving materials.

An additional lecture “Facade Finishing Materials for Buildings and Other Structures” is available in Moodle and for free access here:

The lecture is in Latvian.

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Module 4 “Garden Planning and Ergonomics” - lesson plans and slides, teacher guidebook, modules for teachers in English and Swedish

Module description:

Students will learn the value of ergonomics in garden planning.

Module 8 “The Basics of Art and Design”- lesson plans and slides, teacher guidebook, support materials in English.

Module description:

In this module the student will learn the basics of floristry and the artistic value of it. The student will be introduced to the composition art and the most important elements when creating it. Moreover, the student will get to know how to use the colour wheel and argue for the colours chosen. Additionally, different techniques of plant decorations will be presented together with the requirements for implementation, which will help the student to create an organized and matching arrangement.



Interesting Facts about Urban Gardening and Partners

The concept of urban gardens is becoming more and more popular around the world. Latvia is not an exception. People value the idea of being close to nature and want to learn about growing plants at home, even if they have no privilege of having a private house in the countryside. Some plants like peas and eggplants can be planted in pots to sprout and later moved to the garden so that they bear fruit. Here is a photo to illustrate this approach to urban gardening.

Bulduri School of Horticulture specializes in growing a variety of plants. It holds a laboratory and greenhouses. You can consult with specialists about the conditions each plant needs.

Bulduri School of Horticulture specializes in growing a variety of plants. It holds a laboratory and greenhouses. You can consult with specialists about the conditions each plant needs.

Project calendar

UGS calendar


10 June 2022 

All partners submit to the coordinator their institution’s interim reports.

2 June 2022

Review of the project progress. Plan for June - September. Preparing interim report. Reflecting on the progress of the project. Discussing different collaboration opportunities and publicising the materials.

22 March 2022

Presentation of the project at the annual conference “Kas notiek Bulduros”. The record of the presentation: (in Latvian)

10 March 2022

Presentation of the project content at the discussion/ conference with industry companies on work-based learning (for the qualification of carpenter - arborist and landscape construction technician). Project presentation, sharing information about the content of the course “Urban Gardening” designed within the project. Venue: Bulduri Horticultural School.

9 March 2022

Improving materials. Adding teacher material packages and video lectures. Review of the designed materials. Editing and translation. Dissemination of resources. Facebook posts, other channels for dissemination of information.


June – August 2021

Collaboration with partners through email, phone, and Zoom conversations in small groups. Building the teams to start the course material design. Designing the project website.

7 October 2021

All partner meeting. Course material structure. Duties and responsibilities. Collaboration model. Agreements between partners and coordinator. Creating the Moodle space for the project. Access to Moodle. Essential training about Moodle.

5 November 2021

All partner meeting. Progress of the course material design. Tasks and deadlines. Sharing materials, agreeing on the structure of materials. Quality assurance approach.

20 December 2021

All partner meeting. The plan for January – June. Review of the designed modules. Editing and translating materials. Agreeing on the elements of video lectures or teacher information packages. Dissemination of information about the project.

Partner institutions

UGS Contacts

Coordinating institution​:

Bulduri Horticultural School (LV-BDV), Latvia


Contact person: Kristine Bulkovska


Partner institutions:

CLIL Education Centre, Latvia


Contact person: Veronika Skripačova


Riga Technical University, Latvia


Contact person: Sandra Treija


SE-B-Creative Association (SE-BC), Sweden


Contact person: Ingmarie Rohdin


LT-VsI Center for Social Innovation, Lithuania


Contact person: Aurelija Jankiene


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