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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 whether it is the one-year Garden Design Diploma, our six month Planting Design Diploma or our programme of short courses.

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 Regent’s University in central London and at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley in Surrey.

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Studying at the college

The London College of Garden Design is uniquely placed at the centre of British horticulture and design. We enjoy an unrivalled reputation within the design profession which is why so many of our students come through recommendation from experienced garden designers, landscapers and landscape architects.

Our main centre for study is in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew but we also offer courses at other leading locations in the United Kingdom.

The College

Our Range of Courses

The one-year Garden Design Diploma is the leading garden design course in the UK. Taught by practicing professionals and led by Andrew Wilson we are very proud that our students have consistently won the Society of Garden Designers annual student award.

The five-month Planting Design Certificate benefits from teaching by some of the UK’s leading planting designers. Led by Chartered Horticulturist Andrew Fisher Tomlin this is a unique course not found anywhere else.

The Courses

Our Teaching

It is important to us that you benefit from the expertise of practicing professionals who have the latest information at their fingertips and an in-depth knowledge of their subject. We always have at least 1 tutor for every 10 students during studio development.

We like to think our list of lecturers is impressive and it includes, amongst others, Peter Thurman, James Hitchmough, Olivia Kirk, Neil Lucas, Rosy Hardy, Jo Thompson, James Basson, Ann-Marie Powell and Nigel Dunnett.


Our College Locations

We are fortunate to have an excellent teaching base for our one-year Garden Design Diploma and the Planting Design Course at the Orangery Conference centre in the world famous Kew Gardens. Access by road, rail and underground is excellent from both central London and from outside of the city. Our short courses are primarily offered at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Garden in Surrey and at Regent’s University in The Regent’s Park in central London.


Student and Graduate Portfolios

We are proud of the work that our students and graduates produce and this portfolio section is available so that you too can enjoy their work and, if you are looking for an up and coming designer, you can find someone that may be able to help you with your project. If you are a potential student have a look at the high quality of work current students and graduates are producing.


Our Latest News

We regularly have news to share about the success of our graduates, new courses and top business tips for your garden design business. Here you can see what we are getting up to and where you might be able to meet one of our directors.