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COVID-19 update: Our day courses will start again in May 2021 per our timetable. Your safety is our top priority and a full risk assessment is available on our website, or you can email us to receive a copy. We have also made various adaptations to our schoolroom which is now set up to maximise social distancing and keep everyone as safe as possible.

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"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
"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the class today I feel very inspired with that fizzy beginning of autumn term feeling.Thank you also for all the precautions it felt a very safe learning environment."

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Online Courses

New online courses in Planning and Planting Borders and Introduction to Garden Design.

These courses deliver the same content as our tried and tested popular day courses and include presentations delivered by Caroline Tatham. There are also course handbooks that summarise everything you need to design your own planting or rethink your whole outdoor space. Course content will be yours to keep to revisit time and again as you master the design techniques.

Both courses include 6 weeks interaction with Caroline via a specific closed Facebook group where you can post your work, ask questions and find professional solutions for your own garden as well as network with like-minded gardeners and designers. There is also access to Caroline’s Pinterest mood boards that she uses for her professional practice, packed full of exciting planting and garden design images.

Caroline is really excited to have the opportunity to provide specific advice for individual gardens since there is not normally time to do this on our regular day courses. We can’t offer you a garden tour for now - but Caroline will be posting images of the gardens at Gossington Hall daily on her Instagram account carolinetathamdesign - why not join her there to see what’s going on in the garden this week.

The course content will be available and emailed to you the next working day. Please note that the online courses are non- refundable once received

Twelve Week Course..

A twelve week Design Your Own Garden online course. This is a more in-depth course that includes informative slide shows, videos and the closed Facebook group for interactive feedback with our Principal, Caroline Tatham. Caroline has over twenty years of garden design and teaching experience and is looking forward to offering enrolled students the advice and support they need to design their own garden and planting. This online course can now be started at any time and has a high level of student participation. Caroline will discuss your project with you in advance to ensure that it is suitable. The course has an introductory price of £495  

Three Week Course.. Starting Date Monday 4th October 2021

A new three week Creative Planting Design online course. This is a more guided, intensive course that includes a closed Facebook group for interactive feedback with our Principal, Caroline Tatham. This course includes a daily mini project from Monday to Friday each week and a main weekly project each Saturday. There are three main projects to complete. This online course has a start date of Monday 4th October 2021 for enrolling students to enable a high level of student participation. The course has an introductory price of £120  

New One Year Professional Garden Design Course.. launching January 2022