RBGE Diploma in Garden History

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The RBGE Diploma in Garden History is offered in conjunction with

the Garden History Society

Since the founding of the RBGE in 1670 garden design styles have undergone many changes and the range of plant material to grace gardens, designed landscapes and botanical collections has significantly expanded. With one of the largest living collections of plants in the world, and with such a long and rich botanical and horticultural history, it is particularly fitting that the RBGE should offer a course of study in garden history.

The RBGE Diploma in Garden History, in association with the Garden History Society, covers a wide range of historical aspects and provides students with a rounded education in the subject as well as more in-depth knowledge of selected areas such as Italian gardens and their influence on British garden design and also Victorian Horticulture.

The course is offered

in two ways:

  • taught course over five terms, supported by PropaGate, RBGE's online learning environment. Students attend RBGE on Thursday evenings through the two year teaching period.
  • blended learning course with students attending two long study weekends each year and support, exercises and tuition available online through PropaGate.

Course fees and how to apply

The course costs £1,800 Taught / £1500 Blended.

You can download the Applicant's Handbook from the 'Downloads' box on the right. The Applicant's Handbook contains further information and an application form. If the information in the Handbook does not answer any questions you may have, please contact the Education office via our enquiry form (select 'Education') or directly at:

Education Department
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh
EH3 5LR
Telephone: 0131 248 2937

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Our Diploma in Garden History is supported by PropaGate Learning, RBGE’s online learning environment, allowing you to blend home learning with a series of fascinating and immersive study visits to RBGE.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)