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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

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Topsy Vanheuverzwijn-Borthwick

Topsy joined The Cotswold Gardening School team in March 2015, taking on the role of office manager plus and job sharing with Helena.

She is the first point of contact for students and tutors.

While making sure questions and booking requests are dealt with promptly and efficiently, Topsy also keeps an eye on timetables, proofreading documents, course handouts and many other important tasks involved in the day-to-day running of the school.

We don’t know what we would do without her.

Topsy holds an MSc degree in bio-engineering, chemistry and food sciences and learnt about plant anatomy, physiology, nomenclature and basic agricultural principles during her studies at the Ghent University in Belgium. She also did several architectural drawing courses and loves working in a creative design environment.

Having worked as a scientific employee and researcher at the Ghent University College, she is very familiar with working in a systematical, organised manner and interacting with students and clients, skills which come in very handy while in her current position at the school.

Being passionate about vegetarian food, Topsy developed a love for plants, gardening and cooking early on. This led her to become an active representative of the Flemish Vegetarian Society as board member, scientific adviser and manager of the culinary team, organising workshops, lectures and banquets, until she moved to the UK in 2005 and started a family. She loves being able to now combine her organisational and creative skills with a love of gardening here at The Cotswold Gardening School.