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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?

Capel Manor College has a long-established reputation for delivering garden design courses of the highest quality. 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.

You will have access to over 30 acres of gardens and open landscape resource at our Enfield Campus, as well as the extensive plant collections and open spaces at Regent’s Park, Gunnersbury Park and Crystal Palace Park to provide you with inspiration throughout your studies with us.

When considering how the College might help you establish your future career, we encourage you to promote your skills and abilities by entering your work into nationally and internationally renowned design shows, exhibitions and competitions.

Student entries have resulted in numerous national award-winning designs in RHS shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Chatsworth, alongside the Ideal Home Exhibition and the world’s largest show garden ever for The Game Fair Gardens at Hatfield House.

The College has an unparalleled range of exceptional quality teaching resources in terms of the specialist designated design studios and managed gardens and grounds in which they sit. IT facilities allow for the teaching of Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques alongside more traditional drawing skills and practice.

Our various courses offer you a wide range of study topics that will prepare you for working life as a professional practitioner or a more accomplished amateur. Our courses cover understanding design theory and aesthetics; drawing skills and techniques (personal and digital); site surveying and setting out; to an essential knowledge of plants, planting and practical horticulture for garden design.

All of our Garden Design tutors are highly educated, trained, skilled and knowledgeable professionals who are able to offer students an exceptional range of industry experiences throughout their course of study. National and international work experiences are translated into informative and exciting teaching and learning opportunities.


  • self-employed garden design practitioner – run your own professional design practice
  • garden and landscape contractor – plan, design, build, manage and maintain gardens
  • garden project and contracts manager – implementation etc., of designs by others
  • professional educator and/or adviser – teaching, tutoring, consulting to shape the future
  • or maybe just enhancing your knowledge and skills as an accomplished amateur


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