Principal Tutor
Robin Templar Williams

FSGD, FAPLD, MBALI
Founding Principal of Garden Design School

Robin is recognised as one of the industry’s most accomplished garden and landscape designers. Over many successful years, Robin has established an international reputation for creating award-winning private and public gardens in the UK, mainland Europe, the USA and South East Asia. Robin grew up with landscaping and garden design, before formally training at the College of Garden Design in 1985.

Meet the Tutors-Robin Templar Williams

Robin plays an active role within the industry and is a current Fellow and past Board Director of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), a Registered Member and past Board Director of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). In the US, he is a Fellow of and past Board Director of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) USA.

For many years, Robin has been instrumental in garden design education, having both created and taught garden design courses and workshops at many of the UK’s well-known garden design and horticultural organisations, including: RHS Wisley, the SGD, BALI and APLD USA.

His field of expertise is in concept and spatial design, planting design, hard landscape design and detailing. Some of Robin’s achievements include;

  • Seven medals including 4 Golds at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.
  • Multiple BALI award winner, including 3 Principal Awards.
  • Judge for BALI and APL National Awards.
  • Retired Judge for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and also the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
  • Co-founded Garden Design School in 2001

Guest lecturers

Supporting lectures on specialist subjects are provided by highly respected industry consultants.  Garden Design School is proud to offer lectures from the following industry experts:

Stuart Gibbs|Guest Lecturer-Garden Design School

Stuart Gibbs

Cotswold Gardeners Ltd
Specialist Subject: 
Specifications and
Contract Documents,
Costings, Drainage and Irrigation

Nicholas Wray|Guest Lecturer-Garden Design School

Nicholas Wray

MHort (RHS) F.I.Hort 
Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Specialist Subject: Plant Science, Classification 
and Nomenclature 

Tony Lane|Guest Lecturer-Garden Design School

Tony Lane

F.Arbor.A., MIC For., MRICS,  HND RRM., Tech.Cert.Arbor.A.
A M Lane Ltd
Specialist Subject: Arboriculture (Trees)

Lisa Cox|Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Lisa Cox
MSGD

Lisa Cox Garden Designs.  
Specialist subject: Business Start-up and Marketing

Fi Boyle|Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Mark Gregory FLI
Multi award winning landscape contractor (159 show gardens) Managing Director of Landform Consultants Limited
Specialist Subject: Show Gardens and Inspirational Landscapes  

Bryn Wilde l| Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Bryn Wilde, BSc, PhD, MICE, CEng, CMaPS
CDM Solutions
Specialist Subject: Construction Design and Management (CDM), Regulations and Health and Safety

Paul Willavoys | Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Paul Willavoys 
Landscapeplus Limited
Specialist Subject: Lighting Design, aesthetics and Products


Fi Boyle|Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Fi Boyle MSGD
Fi Boyle Garden Design
Specialist Subject: Planting Design

Phil Stovell|Garden Designer|Guest Lecturer

Phil Stovell
Phil Stovell Garden Design
Specialist Subject: Graphics, SketchUp and Website Design