A sample of some of our more recent testimonials from course graduates.


It has completely changed my career and I can't thank you all enough for a wonderful 3 months!

Byron Thomas - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2015


A personalised, inventive and phenomenally rewarding and exciting 10 weeks

Fiona - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2016


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.


I've very much enjoyed the course

Alison - Distance Learning Garden Design 2017


Believe Rosemary when she tells you the amount of work involved.  I found it totally absorbing; it filled all of my waking hours and my dreams.  Brilliant.  

Will - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2017


Passionate lecturers and practical days out have inspired me in my own garden and beyond into designing for others.  This course has given me the much needed confidence in my own ability as a gardener and a designer and I'm loving every minute!

Penny - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2016


Excellent.  Thank you for a wonderful course.

Tony - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2015


Thanks for my time at EGS.  I only wanted to create a beautiful garden for us, but it has quite literally changed my life!

Barbara Brooks. Garden Design 2012


It has been a pleasure attending the School - the time and knowledge you have shared will never be forgotten. Thank you.

Jonjo - Garden Design 2011


Loved the atmosphere of being at the Chelsea Physic Garden.  The course is amazing.  Quality of the tutors and speakers.

Christine - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2016


When the manual arrived I knew this course would give me exactly what I have been looking for with a very clear structure and excellent, concise guidance.

Jane - Distance Learning course Garden Design 2016


Yes, it has been hard work but I never thought it would be otherwise, and I have so enjoyed doing it. I feel quite bereft now that the course has ended.

Pat Cave - Practical Horticulture 2013


The course is outstanding.  Everything we did was relevant to basic good gardening.  Our practical sessions were well-organised and instructive.   I have no criticisms and only the highest praise.

Joy - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2016


Loved every moment - learnt so much. Hope to continue to study with you.

Amy Roberts - Garden Design 2010/11


I have absolutely loved every week of this course - so varied and interesting.

Judy - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2015


While hard work, the course was the best experience ever.  Now successfully freelance with great friends from the course.

Sue - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2017


Fresh, international and teaching grounded in real gardens.    

Mr Simon Hewitt, Kew dip, FLS - Freelances as head gardener at The River Cafe & The Dock Kitchen, designer of over 30 gardens and creative director of his own nursery and garden workshop.


I have enjoyed the course immensely.  Relevant, interesting homework, excellent feedback and efficiently marked.

Melanie - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2017


I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone wishing to deepen their gardening knowledge.

Mark - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2017


The School's reputation enabled me to gain invaluable experience with top professionals in the industry: one of which was to be part of the Hillier Staging Team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 winning a record 68th consecutive Gold.

Gillian Goodson - Top Student One Year Diploma in Garden Design 2013


A fantastic introduction to a very complex topic with a range of guest speakers who are all experts in their field. Put your life on hold for 10 weeks and do this course.

Penelope - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2016


I am really enjoying the course, it is exactly what I needed I only wish I had found you sooner!    

Holly V. Professional Gardener, UK - Garden Design Distance Learning Student 2014


The level of tutors that I was exposed to was top from the industry…it couldn’t have been better

Ruth Willmott - Multi award-winner who graduated in 2009 with Distinction


You have created such a beautiful world here at the School

Lucy - 10 Week Intensive Diploma in Garden Design 2014


An inspirational course, practical and relevant delivered by lecturers with a wealth of practical experience enabling students to get the most out of their gardening

Ed Flint - Head Gardener at a private family garden on the Kent / Sussex borders


I enjoyed the whole experience very much and learned a great deal.  It's so well structured and leads and builds effectively to each next stage without cutting any corners.      

Nicholas - Distance Learning Garden Design 2017


I came to the school not knowing anything about gardening.  Today, I am familiar with a myriad of plants, the best gardening practices and my own garden is looking the best!  This has been such an enjoyable journey for me.

Nadezhda - One Year Good Gardening Diploma 2017


Studying garden design at the English Gardening school 25 years ago was one of the best things I ever did. I already had landscaping experience which combined well with the huge range of design skills I learnt at the EGS to give me the confidence to set up a design and build business.    

Joe Swift - Joe is a well-known UK garden designer, writer and broadcaster, winning Gold at Chelsea 2012 and has recently completed an award winning London Pocket Park with Dame Zandra Rhodes. Joe has been presenting BBC Gardeners World since 1998, hosts the RHS Chelsea flower show as well as other gardening programmes and writes regularly for the Times and Gardeners World magazine.


Thank you so much for being so inspirational and  I look forward to developing my professional career

Manoj Malde - Chelsea medal winner. Garden Design 2012


This has been an excellent course and certainly helped me improve my skills.  I have enjoyed the feedback from each of the assignments and I have grown and learned a lot from them.

Jason in New Zealand - Distance Learning Course in Garden Design 2016