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World class garden design courses

At The London College of Garden Design our aim is to provide world-class, inspirational garden design training. Our Garden Design Diploma led by Andrew Wilson, the Planting Design Diploma and other garden design courses have been created to enable students to learn from the very best in the profession every day. All our tutors are practising professionals and have the most up to date knowledge and information to support you in your chosen career.


New drawing courses

January – March
Update and learn new drawing skills to create inspirational presentations.

Garden Design Diploma

September 2024-July 2025
We still have a few places left for our Garden Design Diploma course starting in September 2024.

New courses launched

Various Dates
We are constantly updating our short courses. For more information, click on  the link below.
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Whether it is the one-year Garden Design Diploma, our six month Planting Design Diploma or our programme of short courses we can provide you with the most up to date professional Garden Design training.

Our main garden design classes take place at the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our on-going programme of short courses is delivered from other venues chosen for their relevance and easy access for those coming from outside the capital including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley in Surrey.

We also offer a range of online courses or an option to train in a blended learning format to suit the way you like to learn.

Find us at

+44(0)1483762955 | INFO@LCGD.ORG.UK | KEW GARDENS


Chelsea Garden for Burma Skincare Initiative

9 Nov, 2023
We’re delighted to report that Planting Design Diploma Graduate Helen Olney has won our competition to design a garden for the Burma Skincare Initiative at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2024.

Building the future

1 Aug, 2023
We continue to build a strong future for LCGD with our professional colleagues from the landscape industry and so we are delighted to welcome Nina Baxter as a Director of the College and as the new course leader for our professional Planting Design Diploma.

Sustainable approaches to planting design

26 Apr, 2023
At LCGD we now run a series of sustainable design courses including a sustainability stream through our Planting Design Diploma. A key part of what we design into our gardens is the planting and there are many approaches we can take.

Sustainable approaches to sourcing hard landscaping

19 Apr, 2023
There are so many things that we could do when considering the design of hard landscaping in our designs and here are just a few to consider linked to sourcing of materials that LCGD tutors recommend.

Selling sustainability to our clients

11 Apr, 2023
We asked our LCGD tutors and lecturers how they get the buy in for a sustainable design from clients? How can we make sustainable solutions desirable that they accept and that get the acceptance of the neighbours?

Sustainable landscapes – how designers can work

4 Apr, 2023
At LCGD we encourage sustainable design approaches in students’ work. There is now substantial and growing evidence for the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in the natural environment, although people, especially children are engaging less with nature.