One Year Professional Garden Design



This course is externally assessed by Bridgwater and Taunton College and your certificate of graduation will bear their logo as well as ours. 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. Learn the skills required to set up your own garden design business.        

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Course Fees and Application Procedure

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 he 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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