the cotswold gardening school 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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Caroline Tatham is a passionate educator. She is founder and Principal of The Cotswold Gardening School set in the grounds of her historic Gloucestershire home, Gossington Hall, where she maintains a magnificent 9 acre garden.

An engaging and quick-witted lecturer, Caroline delights in making her garden design ethos accessible to her audience. For the last decade she has also run her own busy design practice, Cotswold Garden Design, creating innovative private, commercial and public gardens all over the UK.

Caroline graduated with a first class degree in textile design from Brighton University and with a master’s degree in fashion knitwear from The Royal College of Art, she has previously taught at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London.

Following a successful corporate career at Marks & Spencer and The Disney Company in the fashion retail sector, she retrained at the highly regarded English Gardening School in London, graduated as top student and was nominated for a Society of Garden Designers Student Award.

Caroline has also lectured and externally assessed student work at The English Gardening School and is a frequent contributor to the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) student and colleges committee, which is working towards setting consistent professional standards across the garden design education sector.

With awards for a collaboration at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for Best Feature Garden at both the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and the RHS Autumn Show, Caroline’s expertise and fun, can-do attitude proved ideal for the TV show ‘A Garden for Eden' where she built a show garden for the renowned Eden Project.

Caroline is a garden writer and published author - Fashion Design Drawing Course (Thames & Hudson), now translated into 14 languages and is currently writing a similar book on garden design.

Increasingly in demand as an expert public speaker, Caroline has mentored aspiring garden designers at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and  early in  2016 she designed and starred on the celebrity stage at The Highgrove Garden Festival for HRH The Prince of Wales. She now continues to provide training for the gardeners from The Royal Gardens at Highgrove.

Having worked for many years in the fashion industry Caroline excels at identifying and developing emerging trends and together with garden designer Kate Durr, has now turned this expertise to the horticultural industry, deftly spotting key trends in plants, colours and garden details for major industry wholesalers, retailers and for a wider audience, keen to garden with style.