Garden Design

Download our new Garden Design and Plantmanship Guide to courses at Capel Manor College
Download our new Garden Design and Plantmanship Guide to courses at Capel Manor College

Capel Manor College’s School of Garden Design, where people and plants join to create unique gardens.

Why choose Capel’s garden design courses?

Our course tutors all have exceptional skills with extensive knowledge and experience of the garden design industry as working professional garden designers and successful exhibitors at shows and competitions.

Our courses will give you an opportunity to gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications with the prospect of progressing to further study, higher education, employment or starting your own business venture whilst learning in a unique and supportive environment.

Our students are encouraged to show off their skills by designing for shows, competitions and for outside clients, providing them with invaluable project management experience.

Many students have won awards at shows, including the Ideal Home Show, Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. These competition experiences have kick-started numerous careers in garden design. Capel Manor College has an unparalleled range of high quality teaching resources including specialist designated design studios and up-to-date computer-aided design (CAD) software and computer

You will study a wide range of topics that will prepare you for working in the industry, including: design theory, computer-aided design, technical drawing, surveying and setting out design projects, designing with plants, business studies and a foundation knowledge of practical horticulture which is essential for garden design.

You will have access to 30 acres of gardens at our Enfield Centre as well as wonderful plant collections and open spaces at Regent’s Park, Gunnersbury Park and Crystal Palace Park to provide you with inspiration throughout your studies.

The College has established a reputation for delivering high quality garden design courses. Capel is also one of the most successful and largest college-based providers of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) courses in the country.

Our Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship is delivered in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

We have full-time, part-time and evening courses. Please come to one of our Open Days or Advice Sessions where you will have an opportunity to discuss courses with our tutors to determine which option is right for you.


  • CAD technician
  • contracts manager
  • garden design lecturer
  • garden designer
  • gardens adviser
  • horticultural consultant
  • horticultural tutor
  • horticulturalist
  • landscape designer
  • landscape manager
  • private / public / botanic /
  • RHS garden maintenance
  • self-employed garden designer
  • urban spaces designer


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