• Become a Professional Landscape Designer

    Become a Professional Landscape Designer

  • With The World’s Top Online Garden Design Course

    With The World’s Top Online Garden Design Course

  • 1-2-1 Personal Tuition, Weekly Class Webinars, Video Tutorials

    1-2-1 Personal Tuition, Weekly Class Webinars, Video Tutorials

  • Become a Professional Landscape Designer
  • With The World’s Top Online Garden Design Course
  • 1-2-1 Personal Tuition, Weekly Class Webinars, Video Tutorials

Success Stories

  • Sophie Dixon, SGD Designer of the year & APLD Designer of the year

    Sophie Dixon, SGD Designer of the year & APLD Designer of the year

    Sophie won the Daily Telegraph international design competition scholarship to the Oxford College of Garden Design and graduated with honours before setting up her own practice in her home town of South Molton in Devon. She now deals with both residential and commercial projects from concept right through planning and construction supervision.
  • Dan Lobb, RHS GOLD MEDALIST

    Dan Lobb, RHS GOLD MEDALIST

    Daniel Lobb originally studied Fine Art Sculpture, a catalyst for numerous installations and commissions, before complete his Postgraduate Diploma course at the Oxford College of Garden Design. Since this time he has focused his creative energy on designing inspirational gardens and public spaces.
  • Melissa Jolly, RHS GOLD MEDALIST + BBC Gardeners World Designer of the Year

    Melissa Jolly, RHS GOLD MEDALIST + BBC Gardeners World Designer of the Year

    Melissa Jolly read Behavioural Science (BSc Hons) at Nottingham University and went onto to work for an independent television company making wildlife documentaries. Having worked on the redevelopment of various residential properties she realised her passion for design, and for transforming space ran strong. She retrained in Garden Design at the Oxford College of Garden Design, graduating with Distinction. Melissa combines her enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors with an understanding of construction and the analysis of space.
  • Catherine McDonald, RHS Medallist

    Catherine McDonald, RHS Medallist

    Catherine’s work is of a modern, contemporary style characterised by simple, clean geometric designs with good spacial flow. Structured lines of trees, clipped hedges and blocks of planting are used to produce an uncluttered effect with a strong architectural influence. She currently works for Luciano Giubbilei in London and has also worked freelance for top designers Christopher Bradley-Hole and Anthony Paul.
  • Sarah Naybour, SGD Student of The Year

    Sarah Naybour, SGD Student of The Year

    On graduating Sarah Naybour was awarded Britain’s Student Designer of the Year by the Society of Garden Designers. She then went on to build up a varied client base in the Oxfordshire area including being commissioned by David Harber to design his show stand on Main Avenue at Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 & 2014.
  • Paul Ridley, RHS Medallist

    Paul Ridley, RHS Medallist

    A graduate (with Distinction) of the Oxford College of Garden Design Post-Graduate Diploma course, I bring my wide interests in design, art and history to the discipline of garden design. An academic background in the life-sciences and extensive plant knowledge helps me to create wonderful plantings appropriate to your new garden. The garden, in its many varied forms, has been a place of physical and spiritual refreshment, solace and recreation for thousands of years – I believe the need for these has never been greater than in the lives we lead today.
  • Olivia Stewart, RHS Young Designer of the Year

    Olivia Stewart, RHS Young Designer of the Year

    “It was a huge decision for me to throw in my job and go back to school, but don’t regret it for one minute. The course was best thing I have ever done but also the hardest I have ever had to work. The tutors were amazing and continue to give the support and confidence I need to succeed, even after graduation.” Now works as a landscape architect in a Swiss design and build firm Simmen Group
  • Susan Dunstall, RHS Medallist

    Susan Dunstall, RHS Medallist

    A lifelong love of plants and gardening combined with a passion for design, art and drawing brought me to the profession of Landscape and Garden Design after a background in project management – essential skills to make sure projects are delivered to time and within budget. Working with low carbon companies has given me an interest and experience in sustainability and biodiversity, and wherever possible I work towards environmentally sustainable design and the use of locally sourced materials.
  • Charlotte Row, RHS Medallist

    Charlotte Row, RHS Medallist

    Charlotte Rowe Garden Design offers a full-service garden design consultancy to clients seeking an outside space which is both beautiful and functional. From small courtyards and roof terraces to full-scale rural landscaping, we offer a range of services including the development of the garden design concept, construction management, planting and garden styling. Based in London, Charlotte Rowe and her small team work on landscaping and design projects in London, the rest of the UK and internationally.
  • Luis Moreno Muñoz

    Luis Moreno Muñoz

    Luis Moreno graduated a few years ago as an Agricultural Engineer, a combination of Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture. After gaining international experience thanks to his studies in Spain and Italy, he worked for three years as a Site Manager on the construction of public parks and gardens. That was what made him realize garden design was his passion. Since then has collaborated and worked in various projects with leading garden designers and businesses in the area.
  • Svend Rumbold

    Svend Rumbold

    Sven set up Rumbold-Ayers is a landscape and garden design practice, based near Salisbury, Wiltshire. We are a limited company with a small core staff, but we work with a network of professionals trained in related art, design, technical and environmental fields, both within the UK and abroad, to provide a comprehensive service
  • Robert Littlepage, APLD, RLA, QWEL

    Robert Littlepage, APLD, RLA, QWEL

    Having attended the Oxford College of Garden Design, I realized that there was an opportunity to present a vocational based, hands-on approach to landscape design here in the USA. I gained my landscape architects certificate in 2012 and I now run a successful landscape architects practice in Auburn California as well as the California School of Garden Design
  • Amani Safarini

    Amani Safarini

    After years of working as a Business Analyst in IT field, I decided to follow my true passion and enrolled in a Post Graduate Garden Design Program at Oxford College of Garden Design, one of the top Garden Design schools in the world. Having successfully completed my studies, my passion has finally led me to my dream job, creating outdoor spaces to suit different needs and lifestyles. I am currently based in Amman/Jordan, I work closely with architects, contractors, and clients, coming up with creative solutions to transform outdoor environments into functional, beautiful living-spaces.
  • Rosalind Rosewarne

    Rosalind Rosewarne

    Rosewarne is the founder of Rosewarne Gardens, a landscape design team based in Bedford, Bedfordshire. Enthusiastic about good planting and great garden design Rosewarne Gardens aims to locate the house within it’s wider environment using the garden spaces to make connections with the landscape it sits within. We utilise the styling, materials and colour palette of a client’s home to strenthen the visual link between the inside and outside spaces. Where possible we aim to use ecologically sound garden materials, to increase the wildlife friendliness and sustainable nature of your everyday outside spaces.
  • Colette Charsley

    Colette Charsley

    She believes that the essence behind good landscape and garden design is to connect to the inherent ‘spirit’ of the place (or genius locii, if you want to be technical). Once identified, it opens the gate to the creation of a beautiful and sustainable design, both in keeping with the site and grounded in its setting. Any garden or designed landscape forms the link between the geometric architecture of the building and the natural landscape. It is therefore vital to have a strong and coherent design that can form this bridge.
  • Jason Loh, Gold Medal Harrogate Flower Show

    Jason Loh, Gold Medal Harrogate Flower Show

    Originally from Singapore, Jason moved to the UK in the 1990s to explore new opportunities. Having been in the property industry for more than 10 years, he decided to explore his creative side and indulged his passion for garden design and horticulture. His design skills were developed and honed at Oxford
  • Tracy Rich, ALPD Student of the Year

    Tracy Rich, ALPD Student of the Year

    After receiving a Masters Degree in Geography from California’s San Diego State University and a career in Geographic Information Systems in the US and UK, Tracy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Residential Landscape Design at the Oxford College of Garden Design and now has her own practice Centrally based in Stirling, Scotland.
  • Wendy Matheson

    Wendy Matheson

    WM Garden Design based in Nairn Scotland offers a full garden design consultancy service to clients seeking an outside space which is both aesthetic and functional. From small urban courtyards, gardens and roof terraces to full-scale rural landscaping, a range of services are offered including the development of the initial garden design concept, construction management, planting and garden styling.
  • Bea Ray

    Bea Ray

    Having studied Art History at St Andrews University, Bea pursued a career as a picture researcher, working at the Bridgeman Art Library, the BBC, Heinemann Publishers and then as a freelancer, before enrolling on a Garden Design and Horticulture course at Witney College. This in turn led to her gaining a place on the intensive and highly regarded Professional Diploma course at Oxford.
  • Sabine Friedrich

    Sabine Friedrich

    A lifelong love of plants and gardening, combined with a passion for architecture and design, led me to the profession of garden designer. I studied landscape and garden designer at the Oxford College of Garden Design in the UK, and have completed their online postgraduate level diploma course. I have over the years tested ideas in your own garden for their practicality and suitability. My previous experience in sales, marketing and project management ensure that projects are completed within the given time and within budget.
  • Zlata K. Popov

    Zlata K. Popov

    Zlata Popov started her landscape design career in 1996 in Atlanta, GA. After moving to New Jersey in 1999 she continued her career specializing in residential landscape design and fine gardening in Union County. She attended the Oxford College of Garden Design online diploma course achieving a distinction and now deals with both commercial and residential design projects from design through to installation.
  • Hannah Wilson

    Hannah Wilson

    I am a fourth generation Garden Designer, with a life-long interest in all things outdoors. Having grown up with my hands in the dirt helping my father, I spent my pre and during university life labouring for a Landscape Gardener. This has resulted in a unique insight into the build process and the practical considerations of this on design
  • Fiona Daymond

    Fiona Daymond

    At The Designed Garden we welcome garden and landscape projects in the south we relish bringing your brief to life, whether your style is contemporary or traditional Award winning garden designer Fiona Daymond, studied our online post-grad level diploma in residential landscape design (graduating with distinction) and is committed to adding value, whilst fully realizing the potential of the plot
  • Heather Galley

    Heather Galley

    After many years of appreciating beautiful gardens and dabbling in design Heather decided to further nurture her passion through formal training. She graduated with a Diploma in Residential Landscape Design (Distinction) from Oxford College of Garden Design. Following more than a decade in Project Management and Management Consultancy in and around the construction industry beforehand, she has solid experience of delivering a project not just on time but also within budget, together with a proven track record for surpassing clients’ expectations.
  • Andy Steadman

    Andy Steadman

    I believe that the creation of an outside space is very much a partnership between the client and the designer, beginning with what the client wants to achieve. As a designer I then translate those needs into a design that is beautiful, workable and within budget. A lifelong passion of plants, the great outdoors and landscaping combined with a love for design, architecture, art and sculpture and ten years work within landscape construction and project management has brought me to a profession in Landscape.
  • Ana Mari Bull, RHS Malvern Best Festival Garden 2014

    Ana Mari Bull, RHS Malvern Best Festival Garden 2014

    Having graduated with a distinction in 2011, and also awarded student of the year, she spent a short time as an Intern for Charlotte Rowe. Whilst still a student, she designed a garden which was featured on Channel 4’s programme ‘Grand Designs’. In addition to being a qualified designer, Ana is an RHS trained horticulturist with a passion for plants. Her designs have strong structure, softened by carefully crafted planting. As well as having her own studio, she has joined forces with a fellow student Lorenzo Soprani to form LSV Gardens & Asscociates.

Garden Design Courses

The Oxford College of Garden Design diploma course was established over 25 years ago and is widely regarded as one of the world’s top professional garden design qualifications. We are pioneers in online learning and our online garden design diploma course was the first in the world and is internationally respected, with former students working for some of the world’s most successful designers. Our award winning tutors, have years of experience and provide exceptional tuition, help and long term support both during and after the course. The Oxford College of Garden Design is the world’s only online classroom based course where you get exactly the same garden design lectures online, as you would, if you were sitting in the classroom. You receive daily contact and interaction with both your tutors and fellow students, creating an inspirational and dynamic learning environment, no other course can match. You will participate via your weekly on-line video tutorials, download weekly assignments, attend weekly class tutorials with your own dedicated tutor as well as being able to meet and talk to your classmates on a daily basis and share your work via the online gallery and forums. We run an optional 3 day induction class at St Hugh’s College Oxford twice a year in April and September which we encourage students to attend, prior to starting the course. If you wish to find paid employment, our award winning students are considered to be the most employable of any graduate course and have been placed with the country’s top designers such as Anthony Paul, Luciano Giubbilei, Joe Swift, Charlotte Rowe, Arne Maynard, and Christopher Bradley-Hole to name but a few. Throughout the course, you work on real projects, with no other course giving you a better head start. Our Garden Design Courses cover:
  • Introduction to Landscape Design more
  • SketchUp 3D Computer modelling
  • Evolution of the Modern Landscape more
  • Picasa Photo manipulation
  • Small Space Urban Design Pt1 more
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Planting Design, Form and Colour more
  • Large Space Urban Design Pt2 more
  • Rural/Country Garden Design more
  • Garden Photography
  • Business and Professional Practice more
This course will give you everything you need to implement a successful landscape design philosophy, the skills to oversee the development of projects and the confidence to play a key role in the construction processes of landscape design.

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