The London College of Garden Design
Inspiring courses for the garden professional…
Are you looking for world-class, inspirational training to develop a career in garden design? Our one-year Garden Design Diploma led by Andrew Wilson is firmly established as one of the leading qualifications in the UK. With students coming from across Europe, we pride ourselves on offering an exciting and often demanding environment that teaches not just the fundamentals of design but also develops skills in construction design and running your own successful garden design studio.
Classes take place at the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the Orangery Conference Centre. All our expert tutors are practicing professionals and we ensure that our students get the opportunity to take part in inspirational visits and free graduate seminars.
Our students have won the majority of Society of Garden Designers Student Awards over the past 7 years and regularly graduate to work for some of the world’s leading designers. Other opportunities include assisting top designers at Chelsea and other shows and we also offer graduate competitions giving you the chance to design gardens in prestigious locations.
Our Planting Design Diploma
Our six-month intensive Planting Design Diploma is for those who already have some experience in landscape architecture, horticulture or gardening and who want to extend their skills in this important aspect of garden design.
Led by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, a Chartered Horticulturist and winner of RHS Best in Show awards, the course supports your passion for planting design with some of the UK’s leading planting specialists, including Neil Lucas, Carolyn Willitts, Tony Kirkham, Nigel Dunnett, Jo Thompson, Kate Gould, Helen Basson and James Basson.
Continuing Professional Development
Every designer needs to keep up with current trends and especially new materials and methods. Our Info Burst seasons bring together experts from across the design, landscaping and plant worlds. Based at Regent’s University in central London, the seminars are held in the evening and offer bite-sized bursts of information to help you keep up to date.
We also offer short courses in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society at RHS Garden Wisley and in collaboration with RBG Kew at our home in Kew Gardens. Each course concentrates on a specific element of garden design and is suitable for both professionals and the amateur enthusiast.