This part-time Diploma and is taught by qualified professional garden designers and RBGE's horticulture staff.
The course provides sound knowledge of the theory and practice of garden design, planting design, construction theory, presentation, contract administration and business management, providing a thorough grounding for anyone wishing to pursue garden design as a professional career.
The course is taught on Saturdays over three terms of lectures and practical training and is run over 37 weeks within the beautiful surroundings of the Botanics. Each day consists of a mix of lectures and practical studio work, with regular short sessions on plant identification / horticulture throughout each term.
Term One: This session covers the main core design principles lectures, along with drawing skills, surveying, site assessment and the history of garden design.
Term Two: This term sees further development of drawing skills, with construction introduced as the main element. The principles of planting design and three dimensional views are also covered.
Term three: Professional practice is the main element of the final session, as well as detailed principles of planting design.
No formal qualifications or prior experience in design are needed to enrol in this course, just a keen interest in and enthusiasm for garden design, and a willingness to commit time and effort.
The course incorporates five major design projects. Four are undertaken during the course, and students are required to complete a final, integrated project before receiving their diploma.
- A hard landscaping portfolio
- A soft landscaping portfolio
- A horticulture diary, plant identification and practical tests
- The history of gardens (covering a chosen period)
Course fees and how to apply
The course costs £3,950.
If you are interested in applying for this course please send your details to email@example.com or contact the Education office directly at:
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Telephone: 0131 248 2937