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Published: January 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm

If you're looking for a garden design course, here's a selection of the UK's leading garden design schools and the training they offer

Perhaps you're considering a change in career, or simply want to top up on your garden design knowledge and understanding to transform your own garden. Take a look at this selection of the UK's leading garden design schools offering a range of courses.


Cannington Centre

Rodway Hill
Somerset TA6 4PZ
01278 455464

Cannington College is one of the largest centres for agricultural and horticultural studies in Somerset. It offers a range of full and part time garden courses and subject areas include: Forestry, Land based studies, Arboriculture, and Horticulture. Levels range from entry level through to postgraduate programmes, with many delivered as short courses on demand.


Capel Manor College

Bullsmoor Lane
Middlesex EN1 4RQ
0303 003 1234

Capel Manor College was established as a centre for horticultural studies in 1968. Over the years the college has built a strong tradition of quality provision. Alongside full-time courses for school leavers and mature entrants, the college runs a programme of part-time day, evening and short classes. Subjects include Horticulture, Floristry, Garden Design, RHS certificates and Planting Design.


The English Gardening School

66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS
020 7352 4347

Located within the grounds of the Chelsea Physic garden, close to Sloane Square, The English Garden School offers a range of short courses, part-time diplomas and distance learning courses.


Garden Design School

32 Ferguson Road
Wiltshire SN10 3UA
01380 728 788

Based in Wiltshire, with training centres in Surrey and the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, the Garden Design School is run by garden design experts Moira Farnham and Robin Templar Williams who founded the college and have taught at horticultural and landscape/garden design colleges throughout the UK and abroad.


Greenwich University

Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
London SE10 9LS
020 8331 8145

Greenwich University’s Landscape and Gardens programme offers a range of courses in subjects such as: Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and wildlife and biodiversity.


Hadlow College

Hadlow, Tonbridge
Kent TN11 0AL
0500 551 434

Hadlow is one of the leading land-based colleges in the United Kingdom and has three campuses across Kent. With courses in Floristry, Horticulture, Landscape & Design as well Agriculture and Sustainability, the emphasis is on training for a successful career. Courses range from RHS Master of Horticulture, Garden Management, a to degrees in Medicinal Horticulture and Garden Design.


Inchbald College of Garden Design

32 Eccleston Square
London SW1V 1PB
020 7630 9011

Inchbald is an independent school, with a reputation for high quality and thorough teaching. It offers a range of garden-related courses including: Garden Design, Advanced Principles and Practise of Garden Design. On successful completion of the Diploma course, students make opt for a further year of study for the MA Degree in Garden Design.
Inchbald also has an online degree course in Garden Design.


KLC School of Design

Unit 503 The Chambers
Chelsea Harbour
London SW10 0XF
020 7376 3377

KLC is renowned for the quality of its training in garden design. Classes, which are held at Hampton Court Palace, are delivered in a professional, friendly and stimulating environment. Their policy is to use only practising professionals for all aspects of tuition. KLC offers a range of part-time, short courses and open learning in garden design.


Learning with Experts

Browse the options for learning online with web-based Learning with Experts. The choice of gardening courses includes Planting the Piet Oudolf Way, a four-week course that gives students a rare personal insight into Oudolf’s approach to planting. Suitable for both beginners and design professionals, the course includes a video tour of Oudolf’s own garden and studio, advice on plant combinations and structure, and expert feedback on assignments from planting expert Noel Kingsbury.


The London College of Garden Design

74 Sydney Road
London SW20 8EF
01483 762955

LCGD aims to provide world-class, inspirational training in garden design. The garden design courses and Garden Design Diploma have been created to enable students to learn from the very best in the profession. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the college offers a flexible programme of full time and short courses to support students in their chosen career.


Merrist Wood

Guildford College
Merrist Wood Campus
Surrey GU3 3PE
01483 88 40 40

Merrist Wood’s Landscape Management Department offers over 200 courses, from 1-day workshops to 3-year degrees. Subject areas offered include: Arboriculture, Floristry, Garden Design, Horticulture and Landscaping.


Oxford College of Garden Design

Cotuit Hall
Pullens Lane
Oxford OX3 0DA
01491 628950

Established in 1992, Oxford College of Garden Design offers a module-based diploma course, which takes place over three semesters over 12 months or which can be extended for a further twelve months. The course is conducted online, with lectures, seminars and specific assignments to complete. Modules available are garden photography, VectorWorks and professional business practise.


Reaseheath College

Reaseheath College,
Cheshire CW5 6DF
01270 625131

Vocational college with excellent reputation for land-based courses. At degree level, courses in garden design include a BSc in Landscape Architecture, a foundation degree in Horticulture and a foundation degree in Landscape and Garden design.


Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Education Department
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
0131 248 2937

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh offer a range of diplomas including Garden Design, Garden History, Herbology and Plantsmanship. Taught by practising designers and RBGE’s horticulture staff, it is helpfully taught on Saturdays over three terms at the Botanic Gardens, incorporating lectures and studio work, plus horticultural sessions. No formal qualifications or prior experience required.


Sheffield University

Department of Landscape
Crookesmoor Building
University of Sheffield
Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
0114 2220600

Sheffield University’s Department of Landscape offers research and taught courses across the breadth of Landscape Architecture, including design, planning and management. The department is based in the university's listed Arts Tower.



Writtle College
Essex CM1 3RR

01245 424200

Located in Chelmsford and partnered with the University of Essex, Writtle School of Design offers a host of RHS accredited course as well as degree and postgraduate degree courses, including an MA in Garden Design.

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Information correct at time of publishing.


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