Learningwithexperts.com finalist in gardening ‘Oscars’

By Juliette Perry

Oxford based online learning provider shows real flower power as named finalist for Website of the Year.

Oxfordshire based online global learning provider, has been named as a finalist in the Website of the Year category at the Garden Media Guild Awards, held at The Savoy, London.

Known as the gardening ‘Oscars’ the annual awards rivals the Chelsea Flower Show in its significance in the horticultural calendar. The team fought off stiff competition for their place as a finalist in the hotly contested category.

Elspeth Briscoe, CEO and Founder said: “We were thrilled to be named as finalists in such a strong category and humbled to be amongst such fantastic company. The Garden Media Guild Awards are especially significant because they are voted for by our peers so it’s great to know that people believe in what we’re doing. Horticultural knowledge is essential to our future and it’s not just for older generations, between 2015 and 2017, we’ve seen a 142% increase of students aged 18-34. This is incredibly encouraging, horticulture is new black.”

Learning with Experts offers green fingered enthusiasts from all over the world the chance to learn from award-winning horticultural and design experts, in their own time and at their own pace.

Their faculty reads as a who’s who in the industry and includes tutors such as world- renowned Landscape Architect, Piet Oudolf and 25 time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, Andy McIndoe.

Recently approved by the RHS as an online provider of its courses, embraces the idea of global connectivity to unite experts with online communities of gardeners and is extremely proud of a course completion rate of almost 90% compared to the industry average of between 10-20%.

Clare Foggett, chair of the Garden Media Guild, said: “That so many of this year’s entries appeal to people discovering the joy of gardening for the first time, shows that our winners and finalists are adept at turning the mood of the moment into high-quality content that makes people want to get out and garden.”

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