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COVID-19 update: Our day courses are currently postponed until the next Government update. If you have a day course booked we will be contacting you shortly. 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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Suitable for

Distance learners who are committed to a career in professional garden design.

Whilst no previous experience is required, this is an intensive course requiring home study and the completion of project work for regular scheduled feedback.

Career changers are welcome and a lack of previous experience in drawing or with plant knowledge is not a barrier to entry.

Competent computer skills are essential.

Interviews are conducted by Caroline Tatham as part of the selective application process and present a good opportunity for you to discuss your personal aims.

Group sizes and therefore places are limited.

All course content will be delivered in English.

Starting dates of:

Monday 10 January 2022

What’s included

Price £2,495

One Year Online Professional  Garden Design Diploma “ Thank you for your feedback. We really feel we’re benefiting from the course and  wouldn’t have got to where we are without your guidance. Looking forward to getting onto thinking about planting.”   Ann R Online Design Your Own Garden Course

This course has been created for those who wish to learn the basic skills involved in the creative process of being a professional garden designer. Its structure allows for the flexibility needed to fit around existing commitments.  

There are three archive projects to be completed over the academic year, one project per term. The final project will be assessed and graduating students will be awarded our  Cotswold Gardening School Online Professional Garden Design Diploma.

Your knowledge and experience will build throughout the course and over the three projects. Each project brief will be packed with information about your exciting garden design challenge, including: drone videos, site surveys, client briefs, detailed site photos and a clear academic brief that sets out your learning objectives and outcomes.

Your first project is based here at The Cotswold Gardening School and invites you to re-imagine the garden here at Gossington Hall, with its historic quintessentially English Country House style. For project 2 we will be experimenting with ideas for a traditional Cotswold Style manor house set in beautiful English countryside. For the third and final project we will be introducing the further challenge of thinking about slopes and changes of level. This is a lovely site with two houses and a woodland area.