Hamzah-Adam’s story

Hamzah-Adam studied garden and landscape design at College Manor College over three years, won Silver for his show garden design at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022, and now runs his own garden design business.

“Before studying at the College, I had worked as a graphic designer in fashion, branding and publishing for over 20 years. As I already had a firm grounding in design, it seemed like a natural progression to combine my love of gardening and plants in spatial design.

I chose to study at Capel Manor College as I had friends who were studying garden and landscape design at the College, and it came highly recommended. I attended the Regent’s Park Campus, which is in a fantastic, central location and I could enjoy the Park every week too!

I really enjoyed my studies, especially the balance between practical and theory learning. The courses were structured well with manageable assignments, and enabled me to learn a new set of skills as I progressed. I also had some great tutors who helped me along the way with projects I was working on outside of the College. This was very beneficial as I was able to apply the theory I was learning to real-life scenarios.

Studying garden and landscape design at Capel Manor College gave me the relevant business skills I needed to run a small business successfully, and the confidence to deal with clients in a professional manner.

I am currently working on several garden design projects, one of which is recreating my Hampton Court show garden in a new-build home. I also run a small business working predominately in the hospitality sector providing ongoing weekly maintenance for interior and exterior planting that I have installed.

Studying at Capel Manor College definitely helped me get to where I am today; I designed a show garden for Hampton Court, which is the greatest achievement to date in my career. This would not have been possible without the College and the positive encouragement from my tutors during the application process.

In the future, I hope to work on large garden design projects and public landscape projects carrying out planting design.”

Hamzah-Adam most recently won Silver at Hampton Court for his show garden and featured on BBC’s Gardener’s World.

Find out more about Hamzah’s design here.