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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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Suitable for

Keen amateurs and those seeking to learn the process of garden design. Whilst we teach the professional approach to garden and planting design on this intensive course it is not aimed at those seeking a career in the industry.  No previous experience required. All drawing and labelling is done by hand or using Word. Unlike our other garden design courses desk top publishing packages are not used for this course


10:00 tea and coffee is served

10:30 teaching begins  

16:00 close of day (may vary)

Starting dates of:

Thursday September 24th 2020 (last time this course will run)

What’s included

Study at the school one day per week over ten weeks learning the skills and process of garden and planting design as well as participating in group tutorials. All practical drawing is done at home.

Gallery of Student work

Price £1,595

“ I thoroughly enjoyed the ten week garden design courses at  The Cotswold Gardening School and learned a huge amount in a  short time. ”  Emily S 2015 Emily’s silver gilt medal garden at last year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Ten Week  Creative Garden

Planning and Planting