London College Of Garden Design engages leading plant specialists

The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has launched a unique new 6-month planting design course aimed at professional designers and landscape architects that engages some of the UK’s leading plant specialists.

The course will be led by Andrew Fisher Tomlin with the support of leading designers and horticulturists that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the plant world. Leading nursery specialist Rosy Hardy, Neil Lucas The UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist, Tony Kirkham Curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield will all lecture on the course. Inspirational lectures from designers that include RHS Chelsea Gold medal winners James Basson, Jo Thompson, Paul Hervey-Brookes and Amanda Patton will also contribute.

LCGD Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We’ve wanted to provide a new course specifically on planting design for a number of years. This is in direct response to requests from landscape architects in particular who want to expand their skills into this area. We have already had a huge response from across Europe with garden designers and landscape architects signing up from a number of EU countries including the UK.”

The course will start in January 2016 with practical workshops, quickly leading to inspirational lectures and visits. It explores not only contemporary ideas around planting but also traditional techniques and planting for heritage settings and parks.

Fisher Tomlin added “There is a now huge interest in the benefit of a considered approach to planting, appropriate for the setting. Nearly every large public open space project is taking a plant led approach and this has fuelled professional interest in taking a course that has a wide range of appeal as well as developing personal planting design styles and skills.”