The English Gardening School

Diploma courses based at the unique and historic Chelsea Physic Garden…

Wednesday & Thursday 24/25 April and 1/2 May BOOKING NOW

One of our most popular courses, now led by master horticulturalist Ben Pope, which aims to take each student through all the practical elements of caring for a garden from soil, tools, maintenance, seed sowing and propagating, weed control and pests and diseases. The first three days will be spent at the Chelsea Physic Garden and the final day will be spent gaining practical experience in Rosemary Alexander’s much praised garden near Petersfield and the garden nearby, where Ben is in charge. Participants will be given a chance to prune, plant, sow seeds and regular maintenance tasks will be discussed. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided daily.


September 2019 – early July 2020

Covers the best in planting design while training in the more serious aspects of horticultural techniques. Practical sessions held at an exclusive garden under the guidance of an esteemed head gardener and lectures by many leading gardening personalities. Regular visits to outstanding private gardens.
 (1 day a week (Tues), 10.30am–3.15pm, over three 10 week terms)


January – March 2020

Based at the Chelsea Physic Garden and led by Rosemary Alexander. This course covers all the elements needed to design an average garden. Taking students step by step through site surveying, using the grid, horizontal and vertical features, garden layout and planting plans, costing and specification, plus tuition and homework on design and planting portfolios. Tutors are well respected in the industry and will guide students through making a success of this diverse profession.
 (2 days a week (Wed & Thu), 10.30am–3.15pm, plus 2 days homework)


Distance Learning Courses – study anytime, anywhere in the world

A stepping stone to a new career. These two courses are a step by step guide to either designing your own garden or learning how to plant and maintain an existing garden: drawing up plans, hard landscaping, site analysis, planting, month by month tasks etc. Taught through a comprehensive course book, with projects submitted by post.
 (1-3 years to complete and individual assessment)

Not sure which Diploma course is for you? Come along to an information session to see our location and find out more.