Garden Design Courses

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What is Garden design?

A garden design course, will teach the student about the design and creation of plans for the layout and planting of aesthetically pleasing gardens and landscapes. It can be done by the owner of the land themselves or by any manner of professional. 

Why study Garden Design?

Students of Garden design courses will aim to become skilled specialists dealing with master planning of landscapes and the design of gardens. They will learn how to conduct consultations  with advice for clients, provide direction and supervision during construction, and the management of establishment and maintenance once the garden has been created.

Learners will benefit from the practical elements of the courses that give them real-world insight into how they can succeed in garden design. 

These courses are useful to those who are both looking to upskill in an existing role or hoping to pursue a new career in garden design. 

There are plenty of courses available for all skill levels and all requirements. 

What will I learn?

Embarking on one of these courses will provide students with a thorough practical knowledge of Horticulture, Landscape Design, Garden Maintenance and Plant Propagation.  

Topics covered in these courses can often include:

  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Garden Design
  • Plant Propagation
  • Ornamental Gardening
  • Work Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

There is often also a practical element to most of these courses. These can include; garden maintenance in public parks, private gardens and college grounds, growing vegetables in an allotment, and on occasion there may even be college trips to enhance the students learning 

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of one of these courses a wide variety of employment opportunities are available to the learner. These can be in the areas of:

  • Domestic Landscaping
  • Private Gardens
  • Public Parks
  • Nurseries 
  • Garden Centers

People who are trained in landscaping and garden design would have job and career opportunities in the following types of places:

  • Landscape Contractors
  • Retail Garden Centres
  • Wholesale Greenhouses or Nurseries
  • Interiorscapes Companies
  • Clubs & Resorts
  • Public Gardens

There are a number of different landscaping and garden design courses available for all levels of skill, interest and education. 


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