Garden Design Diploma Course – award winning training

A master class every day

The London College of Garden Design one-year Garden Design Diploma classes take place in the Orangery conference facilities at Kew Gardens and are led by Andrew Wilson, widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading garden design lecturers. Andrew has been at the forefront of garden design teaching in the UK and overseas, for over 20 years.

He is supported by practicing design, horticulture and technical professionals to ensure you get a wide experience of the industry and the most up to date knowledge. We pride ourselves on making sure you get personal attention and all the support you need to successfully complete the course.

We are expecting our Garden Design Diploma will be taught in person at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew from September 2021. We will continue with real time online screening of lectures and tutorials for students that are unable to attend classes in person and we also have an online stream for those wanting to study with us from further afield.

We are usually fully enrolled as much as a year ahead of the start date and our 2021-22 Garden Design Diploma is now fully enrolled. We do have a waitlist for this year and interviews are already taking place for the 2022-23 course. If you want to study with us we suggest that you download a prospectus and get in touch to arrange an interview so that all your questions can be answered.

Rewarding careers

This year’s Garden Design Diploma graduates are already on their way to rewarding careers. Over the past ten years they have won the majority of awards in the Society of Garden Designers Student Awards and in 2018 graduate Will Williams has been named RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year, an outstanding achievement and recognition of the level of training given at the College.

With our unique position in the profession we are often able to make connections for students to benefit from work experience and introduce them to rewarding positions with well known designers including Luciano Giubbilei, Jo Thompson, Tom Stuart Smith and Sam Martin.

Kew Gardens – our teaching facilities for the London College of Garden Design Diploma

The London College of Garden Design one-year Garden 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.

“One of the best aspects of the Garden Design Diploma course was access to and insights and feedback on your designs from some of the best brains on garden design in the country” SC

“I didn’t get the chance at graduation to say an enormous thank you for such a brilliant course. To be able to impart the skills and knowledge in such a short time to give me the confidence to embark on a new and exciting career in garden design is simply amazing. Looking at people’s final projects it is incredible how we go from “zero to hero” in such a short space of time” LA


The Garden Diploma Course starts in September of each academic year. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling and if you’d like meet with Andrew Wilson for an informal chat about the course. The course is very popular and is often fully enrolled 3 months in advance of the start date. Therefore, if you are interested in coming to LCGD we would encourage early application. If you are applying from overseas you will need to be eligible to study in the UK.

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