The Planting Design Diploma

Our Planting Design Diploma has been developed to support garden designers, landscape architects and professional gardeners who want to expand their skills and expertise in planting design. It is a unique course not found anywhere else in Europe and is delivered across six months starting in January. It includes classroom-based lectures, workshops and studio work as well as garden, park and nursery visits that will support your planting design development.

The course is led by Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin and includes some of the UK’s leading designers and nurserymen. At the London College of Garden Design we have many students enrol from across Europe not just the UK and this course has been scheduled to makes it easy for students to commute from their homes to London to take part.

The Planting Design Diploma is programmed across five key elements:

  • Core planting design skills where you will learn a wide range of skills from experts in their fields.
  • Specialist skills covering detailing in areas such as contemporary planting styles.
  • Inspirational lectures from some of the UK’s leading designers and learn about their own distinct approaches to planting design.
  • Workshops and studio days where you will develop hands on planting design skills.
  • Visits to nurseries and suppliers often linked to earlier lectures as well as visits to leading gardens and landscapes.

As well as the College’s Directors our tutors on the Planting Design Certificate in 2016 included specialists such as leading nurserywoman Rosy Hardy, Neil Lucas the UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist and Tony Kirkham, curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Garden designers that will lecture include RHS Gold Medal Winners Jo Thompson, and Paul Hervey-Brookes, Amanda Patton and RBG Kew garden design manager Richard Wilford.

Kew Gardens – our teaching facilities

The Planting Design Diploma classes take place in the Orangery conference facilities at the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In keeping with our vision to offer the best garden design training available, our teaching facilities are world class and provide a quiet haven for study in the middle of one of the world’s leading botanic gardens. Kew is conveniently located within easy access of transport links and live projects being constructed in the capital. Visits outside of the classroom will be coordinated within the schedule withi the majority of them being in the second half of the course.

We welcome students on our Planting Design Diploma course from both the UK and overseas.


The Planting Design Certificate Diploma starts in January of each academic year. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling for this coming January or if you’d like to meet with Andrew Fisher Tomlin for an informal chat about the course. If you are applying from overseas you will need to be eligible to study in the UK.

At the London College of Garden Design we offer the best professional garden design course on the market where students can learn from the very best in the profession every day. We look forward to hearing from you.

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