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Due to the Covid-19 crisis we have postponed all our day courses for the time being for your safety and well-being. If we haven’t already been in touch we will contact you soon. Those currently booked on day courses will be given alternative dates when they are known. We have launched two interactive online courses for Planning and Planting Borders and Introduction to Garden Design. These are now available to book on the website, costing £120 per course and include 6 weeks interaction with Caroline for feedback via a closed Facebook group. We would be delighted to upgrade those of you who have already booked day courses onto the online course equivalent with our compliments. Both of the online courses give you the opportunity to work on ideas for your own garden with the support of Caroline’s professional advice and many years of experience.

Timetable 2020
"I wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderfully inspiring 10 week Garden Design course last autumn."
Briony D

"I was looking for a career change after moving areas two years ago and from my first visit to the school I was impressed by the enthusiasm and professional approach of all involved. The course involves a balance of theory and teaching, with guest lecturers adding to Caroline’s core instruction, and practical work. Feedback from ‘real’ clients has been invaluable."
Dena W
"Thank you for a totally inspiring day. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and want to begin working on my survey, planting plans and mood board straight away. There is a whole lot to learn but instead of being overwhelmed I am very excited knowing that I can take my creativity and put it into a more structured plan to help move forward."
Anita C
"I attended your garden design day course last week and I just wanted to thank you for such an enjoyable and informative day. We both loved it and felt your amazing enthusiasm was deliciously contagious. Loads of ideas now buzzing around."
Rosalie A
"I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed the last 10 weeks and how much I've learned from you and from the others on the course. I will miss Wednesdays at the gardening school but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again at Malvern - and to turning my design into a reality in my own garden! And hopefully to steering my career in a totally different direction as a garden designer."
Carole N
“A belated but heartfelt thank you of the super day I spent at the school a few Saturdays ago! It was a real inspiration, and I am just itching to put ideas into practice and to learn more!”
Elaine M
"Thank you so much for the very informative and interesting course I attended last Saturday, also for the delicious lunch. I’ve certainly come home with plenty of ideas – now I just need the time, energy and vision to put them into practice!"
Geraldine G
"Sending our sincere thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Garden Design group last Saturday. You honestly made the day so interesting and I was actually amazed how much material I seemed to retain! Believe me Caroline, this is very unusual for me..... :-)"
Maggie N
"I wanted to gain some underpinning knowledge about gardening. Coming to an Open Morning convinced me that the Cotswold Gardening School was a great place to learn. I chose to do the Professional Horticulture course and this became the highlight of my week, every week, for 10 weeks! The School is an inspiring place with great facilities."
Diana M
"Very many thanks for a splendid day on Saturday. The day course was just what I was looking for and I learnt a lot – happy coincidence that we both share clay soil and so it was enlightening to discover new plants which would survive it and to be reassured that some of my choices were also yours. I appreciate the amount you packed into a day’s teaching especially on such a warm day."
Jean M

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NEW COURSE One Day Garden Design Ideas

Suitable for

Anyone wanting to learn how to refine design ideas for specific areas of their garden. This course complements our one day introduction to garden design day course. Our day courses make fantastic gifts and we have vouchers for you to give to the gift recipient.

Times and dates

10:00 tea and coffee is served

10:30 teaching begins  

16:00 close of day (may vary)

What’s included

Equipment list

Price £120


Please click above to see the required equipment list

One Day Garden Design Ideas Course

Come and spend a day with our school Principal Caroline Tatham  brainstorming ideas for the design of your garden in a friendly and supportive group atmosphere.

Before your day with us you will be sent links to access Caroline’s private Pinterest mood boards which she uses as a professional garden designer. If you choose to print off your favourite images and bring the full equipment list with you, you can create design mood boards specific to differing areas of your garden. You are also welcome to work digitally if you prefer. Caroline will begin the day by finding out which design issues are relevant to you and the rest of the group and brainstorm suitable solutions. Take home your own mood boards packed full of design ideas - backed up with practical advice. If you want to learn more about how to draw up garden design plans - our one day Introduction to Garden Design course includes this information.

This Design Ideas course is all about brainstorming practical ideas for your own specific garden. You are welcome to attend the course with no equipment and learn the process while the rest of the group compile their mood boards.

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