The Aim

…is to have creative fun and learn about garden design in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.  Tuition is complemented with hands-on exercises including use of drawing board etc.  I have a vast collection of books and teaching material that give you a rare opportunity to try things out yourself under the guidance of a professional.  Build confidence and skills as each day progresses. Take away skills you can put to use immediately plus completed design schemes, valuable reference aids and course notes.


The course is based at my home in Hemingford Grey where my pretty garden is used as a resource in both the Planting and Design workshops. Groups are intentionally kept small and I usually accommodate between 4 – 6 students comfortably.

Suitable if you…

  • have no design experience at all
  • are thinking of going on a full time design course/embarking on a career in design, so needing a taster/ introduction
  • have some design experience (maybe you are currently undertaking or have just completed a correspondence course but you feel the need of a practical, group session)
  • simply wish to apply professional standards to your own garden


  • All course materials are provided. Lunch, coffee and tea are included. 

    Planting in Design – a 2 day workshop - £150

    On this course we look at:
  • Plant Nomenclature – the use of  latin names
  • Plant Classification – types of plants
  • Plant Form and Texture
  • Plant Association
  • Use of Plants in Design
  • Colour Theory
  • Herbaceous Plants and Bulbs
  • Shrubs and Trees in Design
  • Creating a Planting Plan
  • Creating a Plant Schedule

    Garden Design – a 2 day workshop - £150
    On this course we look at:

  • Design Principles
  • The Design Process
  • Draughting and Graphic Skills
  • Use of Hard Landscaping Materials
  • Pergolas, Other Structures & Features
  • Surveying and Site Analysis
  • Creating a  Design
  • Use of Concept Boards

    Consolidation days – 1 day workshop - £95
    This separate bolt on day allows for further hands on experience in the module of your choice. Other workshops and events will be available at certain times of the year… please ask for details.

    Weekend Courses – 2 day courses £195
    These are arranged according to demand – please phone for details.


    Courses running regularly – please phone for dates and availability.  Course duration:  9.30 – 4.30.  Please phone or e-mail me for a booking form, detailed course syllabus or if you require any further information.

    Garden Design

    I also run a full Garden Design service.

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