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Garden Design Diploma

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Course Description

Garden Design Diploma teaches you a complete range of garden design skills from the biggest names in gardening and horticulture, including landscape architect Chris Beardshaw, influential Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and his co-writer Dr Noel Kingsbury, along with acclaimed design lecturer Annie Guilfoyle.

This garden design course includes the principles of good garden design, the history of garden design, how to create a garden for all seasons, planting with grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees and much more.

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Whether you want a career change, or are keen to design your own garden under the watchful eye of some of the world's big names in gardening and design, this collection of courses is unrivalled in its level of expertise.

Our students at Learning with Experts say that it’s the practical elements of our courses that give them real-world insights into how they can succeed in garden design.

Whether you’re hoping to upskill in an existing role or thinking of pursuing a new career in garden design, this Garden Design Diploma will give you all the skills you need to help you on your journey.

The opportunity to have Chris Beardshaw, Dr Noel Kingsbury, Neill Ludmon and Annie Guilfoyle casting their eye over your own design plans is not something that you will find anywhere else – and will give you a huge advantage as a newly qualified garden designer.

The experts who are on hand to guide you through this process are at the absolute top of their game, and they are keen to help you develop your skills further by giving detailed feedback on any work you submit to the classroom.

As you progress through these garden design courses, you will explore the principles that underpin good design and how you can apply these to your own ideas. You will tap into your creative side and be encouraged to create your own unique designs under their guidance.

All aspects of the profession will be covered, including technical knowledge, artistic tendencies, planting in specific situations and skills in drafting and rendering, allowing you to create professional-quality plans with confidence.

The course is taught in our friendly and private online classroom, where you will get to know your tutor and classmates. You will have the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other, compare designs and planting plans, discuss difficulties you face and ask your tutor any questions.

You will receive 2 Continued Education Units (CEUs) for each course in this collection, which are recognised by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).

This certification is a huge advantage in the marketplace, promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.

Most importantly, you will have an enjoyable learning experience, whilst learning from highly acclaimed and trusted practising designers.

Many of our students have gone on to make a hobby into a profession and now have careers in gardening or garden design all over the world.

Can you take the courses in any order?

You are free to pick and choose which course you'd like to take first. Every gardener has different priorities and the Garden Design Diploma is designed to cater for all gardening needs. However, if you are looking for some advice for where to start, the below order has been recommended by our experts:

Planting Design with Perennials

Planting the Piet Oudolf way

Perennial Meadow Planting

Gardening with grasses

The History of Garden Design

Professional Planting Design

Designing Small Gardens

Container gardening



Design & Create Your Dream Country Garden

Courses within this collection

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    • 58 marked assignments
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    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

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