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Planting Design for Beginners 

Course Length: 6 Weeks

Tutor: Alex Lindsay BA Hons, GD DIP

Cost: £199 

Starts Sept 2021, 1pm-4pm  This course is now fully booked but will be repeating in the new year. Please contact Coolings for details

This course aims to help you choose the right plants for your garden and give a structured design with seasonal interest. It examines the influence of soil type and site conditions to your choices and gives ideas for gardens of all sizes. Students will learn about a wide range of trees and plants and how to design successfully with them.

Should you have any further queries relating to this course please telephone

Lesley at Coolings Nurseries Ltd on 01959 532269 or email

Coolings Nurseries Ltd.
Rushmore Hill
TN14 7NN























Please note I am currently taking time off from the courses below at Coolings as I have been commissioned to write a book on planting design. These courses may return in the future so please keep in touch with Coolings for further information.  Only the 6 week planting design courses will be running 2021/2022.

Coolings Garden Design Diploma - 2 year course (part-time)


This course covers similar content to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in garden design, but takes a more 'hands on' approach to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become garden designers.


The course keeps a balance of creative design work within the group and lectures on planting, design and hard landscaping.


Students get a chance to apply the information they learn to a variety of real residential site designs. Each term approaches a site with a different challenge and private tutorial sessions are given to help the students development as the course progresses.

Site visits are made with the group not only to the project sites but to inspiring gardens and landscapes mentioned in the historical lectures on garden design.

Extra work will need to be done outside the lecture room

Students are given a whole term to complete each project but this includes design work to be done outside the class as well. Guidance will be given and plenty of time is given to account for students balancing the course with work and family life.


Dates and times

Garden Design Diploma Course -Two years

Starts: (Daytime) TBC

Tutor:  Alex Lindsay BA Hons, GD DIP

Cost: Cost for year 1: £776.99 (£699 with family discount)

Cost for year 2: £776.99 (£699 with family discount)

Short courses  

A History of Garden Design

Course Length – 3 Weeks 

Tutor: Alex Lindsay BA Hons, GD DIP

Cost: £65 (includes 10% Coolings Family discount)

Starts TBC

This course covers many ground-breaking designs and designers that shaped the evolution of the garden. It examines the social, political and geographical influences to why such important gardens from countries all around the world appear as they do. 

Week 1 - Gardens of the ancient worlds
Week 2 - From Renaissance to Romanticism
Week 3 - The birth of Modernism to present day gardens

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