Our Tutors

Jake Chambers

Jake studied Horticulture, Garden Design and Landscape Practices at Sparsholt College in Hampshire as part of an apprenticeship program.
During his career he has worked as both an Assistant Gardener and Head Gardener on private estates and as a Landscape Contractor supplying both Garden Design & Construction services.
In recent years Jake has become more involved with the CAD side of design and developing those skills further which has brought him to his current role as a Vectorworks Trainer predominantly training Landmark users.

Mark Mullany

Mark is an expert in Vectorworks CAD and has been a Vectorworks Trainer for over 10 years.
Marks profession and background is in Architecture, his knowledge and expertise within Vectorworks enables Mark to not only train fellow Architects in using the software but to also train across all areas of Vectorworks using the Industry specialist tools.
Mark is also a regular author of training materials for this specialist software package.

Graham Bodle

Graham Bodle is a well-known nurseryman and designer who has won many awards including Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Graham teaches on our Planting Design Diploma.

Adam White

Adam is a Fellow and the 43rd President of the ‘Royal Chartered’ Landscape Institute.
Member of the Garden Media Guild and design member of BALI.

David Watterston

David Watterston, member of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the Institute of Directors and a past Affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects David has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, UK and Ireland.

Paul Hensey

Paul is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers and a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. He is well-known for his technical books on landscape construction and is a senior tutor on our Construction Design Certificate.

Mima Taylor

Marion Mako

Marion is a freelance Garden Historian (MA Garden History, Bristol) and planting designer. She has written and co-authored six books and lectures widely, as well as leading garden tours. Marion teaches our module on Historic Planting Design.

Fiona Silk

Fiona is a practising garden designer with extensive presentation experience that is used to support student development of CAD skills.

Gavin McWilliam

Gavin McWilliam is a Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer and chartered landscape architect. His studio creates exciting and atmospheric contemporary gardens and landscapes both nationally and internationally. Alongside Andrew Wilson he has won over 35 awards in the past 10 years including gold and best in show at the Singapore Garden festival.

Professor James Hitchmough B.Sc PhD

Head of Department, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield and author. James is a lecturer on our Garden Design Diploma.

Professor Nigel Dunnet B.Sc PhD

Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology at University of Sheffield and well-known author. Nigel is a tutor on our Planting Design Diploma.

Tom Massey

Tom Massey is an award winning garden designer with a specialist background in CAD and Animation. He has achieved considerable success at both UK and Singapore garden shows since graduating from LCGD in 2016.

Jo Thompson

Jo is one of a new generation of garden designers making an impact in the garden design profession. Her design practice is based on a firm belief in the power of customer service combined with inspirational design.

Richard Curle

Richard is the Managing Director of Landscape Associates, a leading landscaper based in London. Richard’s ethos and passion for constructing gardens has driven the company to earn industry recognition and a reputation for professionalism and outstanding quality. In January 2017 Richard graduated from studying his RHS Master of Horticulture.

Olivia Kirk

Olivia is an experienced landscape and garden designer, working out of a Worcestershire design studio. She specialises in healing gardens and has a project portfolio of private and public schemes all around the UK, as well as a number of high-profile show gardens to her name.

James Aldridge

James is a garden designer and plant expert whose practice works on a wide range of projects both in the UK and internationally. His horticultural background helps support students on both Diploma programmes.

Tony Kirkham

Head of the Arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Tony is a tutor on our Planting Design Diploma and has often led additional graduate and CPD days for us.

Amanda Patton

Amanda is a well-known garden designer and illustrator bringing her considerable plant skills to the Planting Design Diploma.

Adam Frost

Adam is a garden designer and television presenter. Adam has collaborated with a range of designers and architects – including Sir Terence Conran, David Stevens, Dan Pearson and Julian Dowle. His extensive knowledge of landscape and design supports the studio teaching at the college.

Richard Wilford

Head of Garden Design at RBG Kew.

Sarah Wilson

Garden designer and maintenance expert.

Neil Lucas

Renowned plant expert and owner of Knoll Gardens.

Kate Gould

Kate is a leading garden designer with over 20 years experience and a three times Best in Show winner at Chelsea. Her company specialises in city gardens from design to completion with in house construction as well as design. Kate’s planting design knowledge is of great benefit on the Planting Design Diploma.

Carolyn Willitts

Carolyn has a unique background, uniting commercial landscape architecture practise with Carolyn’s previous role as a theatre designer, creating a fresh approach to landscape design.

Peter Thurman

Kew trained, Peter has tackled thousands of design projects in over 30 years as a landscape and garden designer – from small town gardens, to country estates and commercial developments. Overseas commissions include gardens in Japan and Rome. His plant knowledge is renowned and he also holds chartered status in arboriculture, forestry and the environment. Peter teaches on both of our Diploma courses.

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