Short Gardening Courses / Events

At the request of past graduates eager to continue their learning enjoyment of all things gardening, we occasionally offer a specialist short course or event covering topical and seasonal aspects of garden design and planting.

Making use of our vast horticultural network, the days vary between lectures by leading personalities and visits of rarely viewed private gardens or nurseries with collections of unusual plants.

Short Gardening Courses from The English Gardening School

Our Short Gardening Courses


Planting Design: knowing your plants

This course is aimed at amateur gardeners who wish to update their garden or plant enthusiasts who may be considering a career in planting design. You will begin by learning the professional way to draw up a border before going in depth into designing with plants to create a well balanced border.

The course focuses on perennials, trees, shrubs and climbers and you will learn many of Rosemary’s favorites along with plant combinations, reasons behind her design decisions and recommended nurseries. Lead by Rosemary Alexander and Catriona Rowbotham with guest lecturers Andy McIndoe & Richard Miers. This is a 6 ...

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Gardening for Beginners 2024

Often given as an unusual and useful present! Our popular course is led by master horticulturist Ben Pope with the opportunity to study at the Chelsea Physic Garden and in two private gardens

Do you have a potentially good garden but do not know where to begin? The first 3 days of this popular 4 day course take place in the Chelsea Physic Garden lecture room with the final day spent in two private gardens near Petersfield. Your tutor is RHS Master of ...

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Garden visits and tours

We currently run a series of EGS Graduates Garden Tour days which are exclusive for graduates of our Diploma courses. Our latest visit in June took us to two exquisite private gardens in Berkshire, one designed by world-renowned Landscape Architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd and the other a delightful valley garden. Our next visit will be in September 2023.

Our vast contact list allows us to offer small groups rare guided visits to private gardens in the UK and in Europe.

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