One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma


Our flagship course for those who are interested in pursuing a career as a professional garden designer and learn the skills required to set up your own garden design business.

This is a unique qualification based on the college Principal’s professional experience and corresponds with a higher level – level 4/5 - course in the National Qualification’s Framework.  During the course you will undertake four separate live projects, designing very different sites for real clients, with expert guidance and regular feedback so that you graduate with real experience and real work in your portfolio. 



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"Thank you for teaching me everything I now know about garden design! The course was such a wonderful experience, delivered with so much wisdom and passion. I know it has laid the foundation for an exciting new chapter in my life. "

Grace Jackson - One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma Graduate 2023.


"Thank you so much for passing on the clients' comments, it's really appreciated. I'm so chuffed to have been short-listed and secretly, genuinely over the moon for E. as I loved her shape work! It's such a privilege to be able to experience 'real' client requirements in this way. It's a fantastic opportunity and such a great course to be on."

Jess D-K - One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma Graduate 2023.


"Dear Caroline, Thank you so much for your support and guidance throughout the best 9 months. It's been a pleasure re-igniting my love of art and using that to create garden designs beyond anything I could have imagined. I have never worked so hard or enjoyed doing something quite a much as this course." 

Anonymous - One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma Graduate 2023.


"When I signed up for the 1 year professional diploma in Garden Design I thought it would be a useful addition to my existing horticultural business - I didn’t expect to fall in love with the garden design process, but I absolutely have! I am thrilled with my progress over the year and I am ready to offer my garden design skills to my clients with complete confidence". 

Nicola Hope - One Year Professional Garden Design Diploma Graduate 2022.

Professional Practice

By the end of the course, you will be able to produce competent garden designs and planting plans. Past students have taken on clients whilst still on the course and won RHS medals including gold and ‘Best in Show’ at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This course is suitable for those interested in a career in garden design. A very intensive course covering all aspects of garden design, it requires at least one day per week of homework in addition to your time spent at the school to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us - ideally more. 

Experienced Tutors

Come and learn how to think and present like a designer with the help of our team of visiting lecturers. You will explore both drawing by hand and computer as well as the necessary equipment involved. Our visiting tutors are practicing experts in their fields and will help you to get the latest information on various topics. There are plenty of inspirational slide shows and informative handouts to guide you while studying at home. We also have lots of advice about good value suppliers and how to go about charging clients and marketing your new business. 

Looking Ahead

Throughout the course, you will track your own progress with an individual learning plan that will lead to you creating your own five-year business plan. You will receive regular feedback via group & private tutorials as well as written feedback on your work. Even those with no previous creative experience find themselves drawing and designing like they never imagined possible and there are lots of ongoing garden design examples on hand from Caroline's busy design practice to help you to focus on the real experience of being a garden designer. 

Come and Try us Out on a Taster Course

Complete our three-day taster course and we will refund you the cost if you successfully apply for the full Professional One Year Garden Design Diploma Course.

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Application Form

Download an application form here. Please note that all potential students are informally interviewed as part of the application process.

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