RBGE Diploma in Garden Design
The course is aimed at providing a thorough grounding for anyone wishing to pursue garden design as a professional career. It offers students top level tuition, as well as the opportunity to produce their own Show Garden at Gardening Scotland.
The course is taught by horticultural staff and garden designers on hand to provide expert advice on planting choice, plant identification, horticultural practice and design practices.
What does the course cover?
Over two years students will gain a sound knowledge of the theory and practice of garden design including: drawing and surveying skills, planting design, creative process, presentation, construction theory, contract administration and business management. In the second year the students will work together to create their own show garden at the acclaimed Gardening Scotland show. This project will be an exciting and rewarding immersion into the steps involved in producing a show garden and will be an excellent launch pad for students into their new careers.
When can I start?
We will not be running this course in 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested in joining the mailing list for this course please email: firstname.lastname@example.org including your name and the course you are interested in.
When details are confirmed you will be sent a copy of the applicants’ handbook as soon as it’s released.
Please note that while we work to support students on courses that were unable to complete this year as planned, some courses may have to start at a later date or in some cases might not be able to run at all.
What is the format of the course?
The course is delivered over two years. In Year One students attend a series of weekend modules in Edinburgh (one weekend a month) and in Year Two occasional weekend modules support project work at home and in groups. Each weekend will consist of a mix of lectures and practical studio time, with regular sessions on plant identification and horticulture throughout each term. The course is assessed through a series of design projects and portfolios.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No formal qualifications or prior experience in design are needed to enrol in the course, just a keen interest in, and enthusiasm for, garden design and a willingness to commit time and effort.
How much does the course cost?
Fees for this course are £4,500. Fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full by the start of the course.
What do I need?
Materials: The lecture room is equipped with drawing boards, but students will be expected to provide all other equipment for class work and home study. The list of equipment required will be discussed on the first day of term which may cost in the region of £550 depending on your individual requirements.
How do I apply?
If you would like to receive details of the next course when they become available, please complete the contact us form.