About The English Gardening School

The School was founded in 1983 by garden guru Rosemary Alexander and is based at the historic Chelsea Physic Garden.

We provide serious studies in gardening techniques, knowledge of plants, plus garden layout and design possibilities, overseen by major personalities in this growing industry. Termly links with the National Trust’s Sissinghurst Castle garden and practical work, guided by experienced gardeners at Rosemary Alexander’s well known garden in Hampshire, ensure that the course is both practical and theoretical.

The diploma in garden design devised by Rosemary and taught at The English Gardening School has served as an invaluable foundation for my career as a garden designer.  Her profound knowledge of both design and planting, conscientiously transmitted to her students has, I am convinced, played a very prominent role in my success.

Frederic Whyte - Frederic works across the UK and in Europe. He has four RHS flower show medals, including one RHS Chelsea gold medal.

Many students come from abroad, where the School is recognised as the leading international establishment of its type.

Students value our help and encouragement in developing their personal skills as gardeners, designers, writers, planting consultants or media presenters. EGS alumni tend to keep in touch with us and we proudly support them long after they graduate.  Our impressive list of graduates, now in many different associated careers, including designing gardens for many of the RHS shows, demonstrates our continued success in guiding students through the options of this demanding and diverse profession.