Principal Tutors

Robin Templar Williams and Moira Farnham both recognised the need for a garden design school that would successfully combine all the creative design skills with the essential, practical knowledge of this multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary subject. They set up the Garden Design School in 2001.

85% of the garden design diploma course is taught and supported by Robin and Moira ensuring their unique design philosophy and wealth of experience is passed on directly to the students in a friendly and collegiate learning environment. Running their own design practices also guarantees that students have access to the very latest thinking, trends, and techniques and best practice in garden and landscape design. This hands-on, inspirational teaching by Robin and Moira maintains course quality and ensures the principals’ high standards are passed on to students.

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Studying a completely new discipline can be a steep learning curve. For this reason, our class sizes are strictly limited (to a maximum of 12 students), so each student gets all the time and attention they need from the course tutors.

Garden Design School welcomes students from all walks of life. We will help you to become a competent, professional garden designer – even if you’ve never drawn before. No prior design or horticultural experience is necessary - just a passion for gardens, good design and a desire to learn!

We understand this may be a big step for you so we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply contact us by phone or email. Or attend one of our Taster Days which will provide you with an opportunity to sample the course, meet the principal tutors, as well as former Diploma students who can share their experiences of the course – and life as a practising garden designer.

“I have so much knowledge that I never anticipated.
I am very pleased with the programme, what I have learnt and how much fun I am having!”


Kim Zoriger, graduate

“Expert tuition by experienced professionals who generously share their knowledge and genuinely prepare their students for a successful career in garden design.”

Alex Nikolic, graduate

“Attending this course on this
fascinating subject is one of the best things I have done! As a foreign student it also gave me a new and positive view of England.”


Louise Qvarnstrom, graduate