A comprehensive and practical qualification in garden design

Diploma Garden Design

Part TimeOpen Learning


Tailored to prepare students for a career in the garden design industry, this part time course combines practical hard landscaping and gardening skills, plant science and creative design principles.

With exclusive access to the 20 Century Garden at Hampton Court Palace, KLC students have the opportunity to undertake practical horticultural sessions in one of the most historically rich gardens in the country.  Not many budding designers can say they trained in the gardens of King Henry VIII!  Each year this garden is carefully crafted by KLC students, creating a landscape unique to each graduating class.


Throughout the course students are trained to think like a designer, as well as expand their horticultural knowledge, gaining valuable knowledge and insight through visiting talks from industry leaders.  Students graduate with a respected qualification, an impressive portfolio of work and the skills and confidence to work on professional design projects.


Alumni from this course have gone on to exhibit and win medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (above: Marie-Louise Agius, Gold Medal, 2013) and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as being employed by established designers such as Andy Sturgeon, Marcus Barnett and John Nash. 

The course is part time, with two full days at school (Wednesday & Thursday) and an average of 20 hours additional study required outside of class each week.

  • Design, horticulture and business skills
  • Practical sessions at Hampton Court Palace
  • Small class sizes with close tutor supervision
  • Graduates working with prestigious designers
Speak with an advisor today
020 7376 3377
  • 10 January - 29 November 201810 January 2018 00.00am 29 November 2018 00.00am
  • KLC Diploma Garden Design
  • 1 year
  • 2 days a week, plus 20+ hours per week outside of class
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for career changers, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Entry to garden design industry/entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
  • Career Development Loan
For information on paying by instalments, please read our Schedule of Fee Payments.

The course fees will increase to £8,975 on 1 May 2017

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