Established in 1994 by principal Lindsay Gray, The School of Garden Design is the oldest private garden design school in South Africa. The curriculum offers a wide variety of courses for the homeowner, those already involved in the gardening industry and to upskill staff.
Lindsay trained in garden design initially in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, with the late Vernon Rippon and Peter Bretherton, and later with Bruce Stead who now lectures in Johannesburg. She then went on to study further with master garden designer and author, John Brookes, in England and completed several more courses at The English Gardening School in London. Lindsay also studied photography with Clive Nichols and journalism with Eluned Price, both in England. She contributes regularly to The Gardener magazine.
The School of Garden Design studio is situated in the leafy suburb of Hillcrest, just 1,5 km from Hillcrest Central. It offers a fully equipped learning facility with a well-stocked library, enabling students to do their plant and design research at the school.
Over the years, students from The School of Garden Design have excelled at various garden shows.
2007 Gold at Malanseuns Garden Show, Pretoria
2009 Gold with Laurels : Sunday Tribune Garden &
Home Show, Pietermaritzburg
(associate designers : Lindsay Gray & Brad May)
2011 Gold : Sunday Tribune Garden & Home Show,
(associate designers : Lindsay Gray & Anno Torr)
2012 Silver : Sunday Tribune Garden & Home Show,
Our Mission Statement
To equip the student with sufficient knowledge to enable him to understand and work effectively with outside spaces and appropriate plant material, and, where applicable, to establish and maintain a successful business in the green industry.