Our Team

Pickard Team

Our diploma course teaches you the practical and business skills you will need to practice as a garden designer

  • Is taught by leading UK professionals
  • Runs from two easily accessible venues
  • Established for over 30 years


Garden design is a challenging but highly rewarding career. It is important that the garden design school you choose builds on your passion and prepares you for a future in garden design.

We pride ourselves on being friendly and informal, but strongly professional in emphasis. Career change is a serious business, and if you join us, we really do deliver what we promise – a sound knowledge of the theory and practice of garden design, planting design, construction, project management and the skills needed to run and promote a design business for profit. It’s a steep learning curve and our students work hard, but it’s rewarding and enjoyable.

We restrict class size to typically 10 students as we believe that is the optimum number for the learning curve involved, to ensure plenty of personal support in and out of class.

We know all about career change – we’ve all been there. None of us began our working lives as garden designers either. We know career change means life change – and that you need to be sure that what you are doing is right for you before you take the first step.

Call us on 020 8783 9658email us with any questions you have, or join us on our next Info Session. We’ll be happy to provide any advice or assistance you need to help you make the right decision.