Alumni Achievements - Garden

It is so rewarding to see the success of our graduates and the impact they are making in the garden industry, creating holistic spaces and adapting their approach to encompass fast moving changes in climate.

Our courses are innovative but career focused and firmly grounded within the industry and KLC Garden graduates have won a raft of medals and awards for their designs at prestigious flower shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court.  They have designed gardens for charities such as The Maggie Centres, created holistic spaces for the physically impaired to promote calm and wellbeing, and given time to pass their skills on to others.

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Award winning garden designer, Matt Childs, has changed careers from Marketing to Garden Design by completing the KLC Garden Diploma. His success has been legendary with an extraordinary stash of medals and awards. At the Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival, he was awarded Best Conceptual Garden 2012, for his 'Light at the end of the tunnel' Garden representing his recovery from London’s bombing at Edgware road station on 7th July 2005; 2013 Gold and Best in Show for his Ecover Garden; 2018 Gold, Best in Show and Best in Construction for his entertaining and relaxing space; 2019 Gold and Best in Show for his Smart Meter Garden. In 2014 he was also awarded Silver Gilt at Chelsea for his Main Avenue garden for Dolphin Brewer.

Peter Reader

Award winning garden designer Peter Reader gave up a stressful career as a GP to move into the calm and flourishing world of garden design.

Felicity O'Rourke.

Felicity O’Rourke, a former pilot, won a Silver Medal for her striking and shocking Extinction Garden in the Global Impact section at HCP featuring the fuselage of a crashed aeroplane.


Katarina Ollikainen was a military parachutists who finally landed on earth with the part time Garden Diploma and now designs gardens and teaches people to use the tools of design after training at KLC.

Eve Hacking RHN Winner

Eve Hacking, Garden Diploma Alumnus won the Royal Hospital of Neurology competition to re-design the gardens for the RHN.

Anoushka Feiler

Marie Louise Agius

Marie Louise Agius director Exbury Gardens and esteemed garden design practice Balston Agius won a Silver Gilt medal at Chelsea and designed the Maggie Centre garden at York.

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