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 Arundel 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.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for the wonderful course.  It exceeded expectations…  informative and inspiring and to study at Chelsea Physic Garden was a joy  

Student - Gardening for Beginners 2021

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 opportunities in this demanding and diverse profession.

+ Adolfo Harrison + Adam Shepherd + Alex Mitchell + Amelia Bouquet + Barbara Brooks + Butter Wakefield + Byron Thomas + Camilla Windsor-Clive + Caroline Foley + Cleve West + Emilie Bausager + Emma TippingFiona Cadwallader + Frederic Whyte + Holly Johnston + Griselda Kerr + Henry Agg + Jo Thompson + Joanne Edmonds + Joe Swift + Kate Coulson + Lucy Bellamy + Manoj Malde + Philip Barnes + Polly Nicholson + Pollyanna Wilkinson + Rachel de ThameRuth Willmott + Sophie Lane Fox + Tania Compton + Tilly Ware +