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Established 1994

Welcome to The School Of Garden Design


Welcome to the official website of the School of Garden Design, South Africa's oldest and most esteemed institution for garden design education. Since our establishment in 1994, we have been dedicated to nurturing talented individuals and shaping the gardening industry for nearly three decades. At the School of Garden Design, we understand that learning takes different forms, which is why we offer a range of flexible options to suit both local and international students. Whether you prefer in-house classes or correspondence courses, we have tailored programs that cater to your needs and aspirations.

To delve deeper into our organization and get to know founder and tutor, Lindsay Gray, we encourage you to visit our informative About page. There, you will find valuable insights into our history, philosophy, and the wealth of knowledge and experience our school brings to the table. In addition to our comprehensive courses, our website features a dynamic blog and an engaging forum, providing opportunities for garden enthusiasts like yourself to connect, share ideas, and learn from one another. It's a space where you can immerse yourself in the world of garden design, exchange perspectives, and discover new trends and techniques.

We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our programs, and embark on an exciting journey of growth and creativity. Whether you are a local student passionate about transforming landscapes or an international learner eager to broaden your horizons, the School of Garden Design is here to support your aspirations and help you unlock your full potential. Join our vibrant community of garden design enthusiasts, engage with our resources, and let your passion for nature and creativity thrive. Together, we can shape the future of garden design, one captivating landscape at a time.



Course Dates for 2024

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KZN: 23 – 25 April


KZN : 30 May; 28 June; 26 July

GP : 7 June



Designing & Planting your Garden :

KZN:  20 April; 7 Aug

GP: 14 Sept

Maintaining your Garden :    

KZN: 25 May; 27 July;

5 Oct

GP: 8 June; 2 November

Growing your own Produce :  

KZN: 3 August

GP: 13 July

Planting & Working With Herbs

KZN: 22 June; 16 November


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Study at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. We offer self study and set study correspondence courses for people who would like the additional support.

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Various courses to suit anyone wanting to garden for their own enjoyment, as well as for those who would like an introduction into the gardening industry as a career.

This is your opportunity to inspire your gardener with a course that provides theory and practical in a single session.


"I first attended a weekend course at The School of Garden Design two and a half years ago after seeing their advertisement in The Gardener magazine and, at the time, considering myself to be an experienced gardener, having developed our garden from an overgrown plot. What an informative day it was! I didn't want it to end.


Shortly afterwards, I gave up full time work and enrolled for the twelve week course with the intention of improving/rehabilitating my new garden. This course has changed my life and, of course, my garden! The curriculum is in-depth and provides an excellent theoretical foundation as well as essential practical skills. The preparation and group presentation of a garden plan was a great experience. I am still using my plan to make further design, thematic and structural changes and it has been so rewarding to see how everything comes together. Should one be considering a career in garden design or just to improve your gardening skills, this course is very valuable."

Helen Loudon

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