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.
Intense but well worth the effort. You are such an inspiration Rosemary and I cannot thank you enough for opening my eyes to such a sunny future.Student - Essential Gardening Design Diploma 2019
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.