RBGE Diploma in Garden History

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The RBGE Diploma in Garden History is endorsed by:

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. The next blended course will in Autumn 2018.

How to apply

The Applicant's Handbook, which contains further information and an application form, is available to download via the 'Downloads' box at the top right of this page. If you have any further questions after reading the Handbook 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
Tel: 0131 248 2937
Email: education@rbge.org.uk

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