A comprehensive and practical qualification in garden design to launch your new career

Diploma Garden Design

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The KLC Garden Design Diploma is tailored to prepare students for a career in the garden design industry. The one-year course combines practical hard landscaping and gardening skills, plant science and creative design principles in a part-time format, with two full days at school (Wednesday & Thursday) and an average of 20 hours additional study required outside of class each week.

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.  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 and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as being employed by established designers such as Andy Sturgeon, Marcus Barnett and John Nash. 

Above: 2017 Garden Design Diploma students and tutors at a special behind-the-scenes tour of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

  • Learn garden design, horticulture and business skills
  • Exclusive practical garden sessions at Hampton Court Palace
  • Small class sizes with close teaching faculty support
  • Graduates are in demand to work with prestigious designers
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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.

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