Our Tutors

All the tutors on our Diploma courses are experts in their particular subjects, their talks comprise of illustrated lectures with notes for future reference.

The EGS Distance Learning tutors have been trained at the English Gardening School by many of today’s leading garden designers, horticulturists and plantspeople.

Students often use our courses as a stepping stone to a new career.

Rosemary Alexander
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Rosemary Alexander VMM, FSGD, AI Hort

Owner Principal and Joint Course Director

Rosemary Alexander VMM(Rhs), AIHort, FSGD, Principal, owner and founder of The English Gardening School, is one of the UK’s most influential garden designers and writers. She combines teaching, giving masterclasses...Read More

Catriona Rowbotham
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Catriona is a registered architect with over 20 years of experience working at different scales, from transport design to office and educational design. After working for well known architectural design practices, Catriona formed her own...Read More

Martin Duncan
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Martin Duncan

Course Tutor

Martin Studied Commercial Horticulture at Greenmount, County Antrim Northern Ireland and Advanced Landscape Design & Construction with NEBBS Management at the Welsh College of Horticulture.  He has held Head Gardener roles...Read More

Roger Platts
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Roger Platts

Course Tutor

Roger runs a Garden Design and Landscaping practice at his 8 acre nurseries in Kent.  He has over 40 years experience in horticulture and 30 years in garden design.  His...Read More

Nick Bailey
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Nick has worked across many sectors of horticulture over the last 30+ years, including nursery stock production, garden management, garden design, teaching, public speaking, horticultural consultancy, writing and broadcasting.  Nick...Read More

Eleanor Terry
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Eleanor Terry

Course Tutor

Eleanor studied at Kingston Maurward College gaining a diploma in practical and theoretical horticulture and going on to have a successful gardening business working along the Jurassic coast.  In 2018...Read More

Ben Pope
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Ben Pope

Course Tutor

After studying and working in horticulture for the last 18 years, Ben is currently enjoying leading a team to maintain and develop a garden in West Sussex.  He regularly speaks...Read More

Paul Hensey
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Paul Hensey

Course Tutor

Paul (Fellow Society Garden Designers FSGD, CIHort) is a garden and landscape designer with a small practice based in West Sussex. Winner of numerous RHS medals from RHS Tatton, Hampton...Read More

Edward Flint
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Edward Flint

Course Tutor

One of our most popular regular tutors, and a true ‘hands-on’ gardener, Ed is Head Gardener in a private family garden on the Kent / Sussex border where the garden...Read More

Gillian Lotter
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Gillian Lotter

Distance Learning Course Tutor

Graduating from the English Gardening School with Distinction in 1999, Gillian has a solid background in garden design and education.  In addition to tutoring the distance learning courses at EGS,...Read More

Caroline Jackson
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Caroline Jackson

Course Tutor

Caroline is currently a gardener and teacher.  She works for Marian Boswall Landscape Architects as a roving head gardener in the management of newly planted gardens along with teaching for...Read More

Guest Lecturers

James Allison

Marian Boswell

John Hoyland

Sue France

Rose Hardy

Sean Harkin

Jim Hillier

Darren Lerigo

Chris Marchant

Michael Marriott

Andy McIndoe

Troy Scott Smith

Peter Skeggs-Gooch

Christine Skelmersdale

Jo Thompson

Derry Watkins


Barbara Brooks

Laurence Evans

Roy Lancaster CBE

Tina Woodward