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

Diploma Garden Design

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The only progressive garden design course in the UK to follow the growing year of January to December


The KLC Garden Design Diploma is a uniquely tailored course designed 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.

KLC Garden Design Diploma student's have exclusive access to their own garden at Hampton Court Palace

The KLC Garden Design Diploma is the only garden course in the UK 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. Our latest alumni win is Matt Childs amazing triple win at RHS Hampton Court Flower show 2018 with his B&Q Busy Lizzie Garden achieving a Gold Medal, 'Best in Show' and 'Best in Construction'

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

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At KLC we feel a strong duty of care to ensure that prospective students enrol on the course that is right for them and which will transform them to reach their full potential and meet their learning or career objectives. The purpose of the interview is to give candidates the opportunity to visit the school and find our more about our courses and for the interviewer to assess the applicant's academic ability and motivation, establish the reasons for undertaking the training and where appropriate to review prior learning and experience.

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Open Days

Join us at our next open day and speak with course advisors, course leaders and alumni. Have all your questions answered and find out which course is best suited to you.

Register for our next Open Day on 26 January 2019


  • 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
Speak with an advisor today
020 7376 3377
  • 16 January - 28 November 201916 January 2019 00.00am 28 November 2019 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
An Instalment Plan is available for this course

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