Certificate in Plants and Planting for Garden Design (Level 3)

Course overview

This course will improve the extent of your planting knowledge and understanding, and you will learn how to create aesthetically pleasing and sustainable planting schemes and designs.

Over the duration of your studies with us you will be able to present professionally to clients in relation to the work and schemes you have created. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, tutorials and studio sessions to have developed all-round professional skills.

You will learn

  • Planting form, shape and texture
  • Plant selection (including for design and planting plans)
  • Drawing elevations
  • Planting colour theory and practice
  • Plant history and influences on garden design
  • Plant choice and selection
  • Planting with sustainable credentials and biodiversity
  • Professional practice operations
  • Drawing planting plans
  • Evaluating existing planting

Certificate in Plants and Planting Design – Gateway Qualifications Limited Reference: 60096743

A Garden Design Certificate (Level 2) is preferred or alternatively, an RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture and a Level 1 Pass in an introductory garden design course, or a Gardening and Commercial Landscaping Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent and a Level 1 Pass in an introductory garden design course. All applications are dependent upon tutor recommendations . You may be required to attend an interview and references may be needed. You must be aged 19 and over to enrol on this course.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to begin to set up in professional practice as a garden designer, or progress to another Level 3 garden design course.

This course is part-funded by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) or Greater London Authority (GLA) for those that are eligible.

If you are aged 16 to 18 years old at the start of your course, there are no course fees to pay. If you are aged 19 or over, you will need to pay the course fees yourself, or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL). More information can be found on our Fees and Funding page.


Veronica’s story

Veronica studied the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development, leading her to become Gardening Editor at The Sun. Veronica’s story