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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.


Belvoir Competition

New Competition Launched!
Create a Countryside Border in the estate of the beautiful Belvoir Castle next July.

For the full brief click on the link below.

New courses launched

Various Dates
We are constantly updating our short courses. For more information, click on  the link below.

Catch Up with our Horti:couture Conference

Our Autumn Conference explored the influence of plants and gardens on fashion through the eyes of 5 experts including Justine Picardie, Geoffrey Munn and Sam McKnight. The event is now available as edited talks.
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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.

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


Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2022

26 Nov, 2021
We are once again supporting the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show in 2022 with increased support of the Countryside Borders competition that celebrates planting design and supports new garden designers and horticulturists as they start their careers. In 2022 we are doubling the places available to 20 spaces, each with a £200 bursary, giving more the opportunity to see what it is like to exhibit at a garden show.This will be the fourth year for the competition which is open to anyone involved in garden design, horticulture and landscaping. It has proved to be a good platform for professionals wanting to develop their skills in show exhibiting with many going on to exhibit at other shows and enjoying the experience so much that they return to create another Countryside Border.Photo courtesy Jess AckermanEntries for the show should be submitted by 29th February 2022 and a brief can be downloaded here.

So You Want to be a Garden Designer

26 Nov, 2021
LCGD have relaunched their successful careers day So You Want to be a Garden Designer to support people thinking of moving to a career in the profession. Garden design is a very popular second career option for many, whether they already work in horticultural, the creative arts or other industries already and this day focusses on showing you what it means to be a Garden Designer.

Joining Andrew Wilson, our Director of Garden Design Studies, will be a number of professionals to explore the requirements for drawing, CAD, construction and planting design as well as how to start a successful career.

The course runs on Saturday 12th February at Kew Gardens. For more details on how to enrol visit our short courses page.

LCGD Graduates win SGD Awards

5 Nov, 2021
At the recent 9th annual awards show for the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards 2021, Students, Graduates, and Directors from the London College of Garden Design (LCGD) walked away with not just the Student Awards but other garden awards as well.

In the Student design categories, LCGD Students Laura Potten and Lyndan Brewer accepted awards. Laura was the overall winner in the Student Design – Commercial category (pictured), and Lyndan won the Student Design – Domestic Award. In addition, Alberto Caffi, received commendations for his Domestic design, and Harry Holding for the Special Environmental Award in the Commercial category.

Graduate Sheila Jack received the Fresh Designer of the Year award, Tabitha Rigden and Helen Saunders won Paper Landscape Design, and Graduate Alice Ferguson also won three awards with Jamie Innes of Artisan Landscapes. LCGD Director Andrew Wilson and LCGD Tutor Gavin McWilliam won the award for Large residential landscapes and gardens.

We are once again delighted that LCGD Graduates have been so successful in securing awards in the early stages of their careers.

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