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COVID-19 update: All of our courses are currently running and we have implemented measures throughout the school to help keep everyone as safe as possible. 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.

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
"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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Course Timetable 2021

Please note that courses will only run with a minimum number of people booked onto the course at least a week

before the advertised date of that course. You will be notified a week in advance if there are insufficient numbers to run

any course. In this instance you can choose either a full refund or an alternative course date.

Please be sure to leave us with contact details to reach you at that time.



Thursday 28th           Open Morning

Saturday 30th            Introduction to Garden Design day course


Saturday 27th            Planning and Planting Borders day course


Monday 1st                Three Week Creative Planting Design online course

Saturday 6th              Horticulture for Beginners day course

Saturday 13th            Introduction to Garden Design day course

Saturday 27th             Planning and Planting Borders day course



Saturday 8th               Open Morning

Saturday 15th              Planning and Planting Borders day course

Saturday 22nd            Introduction to Garden Design day course


Saturday 12th             Planning and Planting Borders day course

Saturday 19th              Horticulture for Beginners day course


Saturday 3rd               Open Morning

Saturday 10th             Introduction to Garden Design day course

Tuesday 13th              Three Day Gateway to Garden Design course


Saturday 7th               Open Morning for course information

Saturday 21st             Planning and Planting Borders day course


Wednesday 22nd        One Year Professional Garden Design diploma course




Monday 4th                Three Week Creative Planting Design online course

Saturday 9th                Planning and Planting Borders day course



Saturday 20th              Introduction to Garden Design day course