Plants are incredibly important. Not only do they provide us with oxygen and a source of food, but their beauty, smell and aesthetic vigour can provide you with a welcoming multi-sensory experience! Public gardens and parks punctuate the fabric of the UK’s drab urban environments and provide an amazing break from the hustle and bustle of modern life! So why not make your garden incredible with one of these top 8 horticulture and gardening courses in London.

Through these gardening courses you can make your gardens the social place to be. However horticulture and gardening is not just about plants it's also about growing your own food and these courses in London can help guide you into growing different amounts and variants of veg. These Skills can help limit your need for supermarkets and help the environment.

Top 8 Best Horticulture & Gardening Courses In London:

  1. Spring Flowering Bulbs With Perennials With Expert Tuition
  2. Garden design for beginners
  3. Eat The Veg Patch With Expert Tuition
  4. How to Make a Herb Garden with Ferris Heart Sloane
  5. Container Gardening with Expert Tuition
  6. Gardening for Beginners with English Gardening School
  7. Designing Small Gardens With Expert Tuition
  8. Mindful Gardening - Introduction to the world of growing in small spaces

1. Spring Flowering Bulbs With Perennials With Expert Tuition


Van der Kloet has worked alongside her compatriot, garden designer Piet Oudolf, to incorporate bulbs into New York City’s Battery Park which we feature in Piet Oudolf and Dr Noel Kingsbury’s latest course.

Longevity is a kind of sustainability, and that may be one reason van der Kloet’s designs have caught on. Jacqueline has had commissions around the world, including a ten-acre renovation of beds at Holland’s Keukenhof, one of the largest ­public flower gardens in the world. The projects she’s done in the United States have met with resounding success.

Botanically speaking, ‘bulbs’ is a collective name which tubers, corms and rhizomes alongside tulips and narcissi. This online course covers how to plant spring flowering bulbs in the naturalistic style used by Van der Kloet and Oudolf: bulbs that are planted in autumn, go through a cold period in winter and start to flower in spring. The first lesson features all kinds of other spring flowering bulbs which can cheer up our gardens, from early to late spring, like snow drops, grape hyacinths and ornamental onions, to name a few. This is one of the best horticulture & gardening courses in London.

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2. Garden design for beginners

Learn the creative processes used to design gardens. You will be exploring the formal elements of garden design and methods of producing a successful garden plan. You will participate in group workshops and independent projects, including drawing plans and elevations, research and mood boards, and dipping your toe into the limitless and luxuriant world of planting!

This is a beginners’ course and no previous experience is necessary. This course is for anyone with an interest in garden design.

Patrick completed his studies in horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor in 2012. He runs a studio in South London and frequently collaborates with other designers. Patrick has been a lecturer in Garden Design at City Lit since 2016.

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3. Eat The Veg Patch With Expert Tuition

Can't handle the district line! Stay at home and learn about Horticulture in one of the best horticulture and gardening courses in London. At River Cottage they believe growing your own veg has the power to change your life. In these times of intensive farming, reliance on harmful pesticides and the detrimental effect it has on our environment, we now more than ever need to be more reliant on locally grown and sustainable food systems. Which is why this is one of the best horticulture and gardening courses in London to learn from.

From propagation and tools, to considering what varieties to grow and how to nurture them, this is the perfect course for both the curious and committed. You will be taught a comprehensive range of skills and techniques focusing on organic vegetable growing.

Once you’ve got to grips with growing your veggies, Gelf Alderson (Head Chef at River Cottage) will show you how you can get them from plot to plate. Using your home-grown produce, you will learn a range of skills and techniques so that you can fully embrace all kinds of veg in your cooking.

Adam Crofts is an expert in organic gardening with a commitment to growing and eating the seasons. Adam comes from a family of organic gardeners, and with gardening in his blood and a long held belief in the importance of organic produce, he has been growing veg for as long as he can remember.

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4. How to Make a Herb Garden with Ferris Heart Sloane

Do you want to plant an herb garden but are not sure you can do it? Never fear! Starting an herb garden is an easy and delicious way to start gardening especially in London with one of the best horticulture and gardening courses in London

In this trendy online workshop you learn the steps for making an herb garden suitable for your home or garden. If you want to improve your knowledge and gain confidence in growing your own herbs, this is the class for you! This workshop will give you an overview of growing herbs in different urban spaces eg. windowsills, balconies, patios and small gardens.

Ferris Heart Sloane have been running workshops since 2014 and offer a selection of fun virtual (and face-to-face) workshops suitable for corporate teams, families and friends. This is a perfect class to help develop your London home and garden.

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5. Container Gardening with Expert Tuition


In one of the best online horticulture and gardening course in London multi award winning lecturer Chris Beardshaw shares his secrets of the naturalistic design, beauty and maintenance of pots.

During this 4-part course, Chris takes you on a journey to look at Container Gardening from both aesthetic and practical perspectives. Armed with all the inspiration and information you need; you will learn how to create your own style of container gardening.

By the end of the course, with the support of Chris and his team, you will have designed a series of containers to suit your outdoor space and your design ambition - from the simple to the complex - and gained the horticultural knowledge to give your plants and containers the best conditions in which to thrive.

This course focuses primarily on ornamental plants and is aimed at the amateur and enthusiastic gardener. Each lesson includes both a design and practical element. With Chris you can learn on one of the best horticulture and gardening courses in London

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6. Gardening for Beginners with English Gardening School

The first 3 days of this popular 4 day course take place in the Chelsea Physic Garden with the final day spent in two renowned gardens near Petersfield. Tutors are master gardener Ben Pope and Rosemary Alexander.  

Covers all you need to know to care for your garden  – understanding your soil, choosing and buying new plants, growing new plants from seed and taking cuttings, common pests and diseases, lawn care, pruning trees, shrubs and climbers, vegetable and fruit growing, control of weeds, mulching and composting are all explained and demonstrated. The final day spent in 2 private gardens brings everything into context and gives time for questions and personal involvement. This is one of the best horticulture and gardening courses in London

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7. Designing Small Gardens With Expert Tuition


This horticulture and gardening course in London inspires those who want to rebuild or restructure a small backyard or just redecorate a corner to get more privacy and atmosphere and host beautiful soirées summer after summer. This course can be a starting point to renovate an old rooftop into the new bar in the neighborhood as well as to rearrange the herb section in an existing and well designed backyard. All learnt from your sofa.

Annie will guide you step by step through design process, starting with where to get inspiration and how to assess your site. The next stage is surveying and analysing every element of the garden, before working on the site arrangement and the detailed design. Once you are happy with the layout of your garden you can choose and design you own planting scheme. If you have a small garden that is really puzzling you, then this is the best horticulture and gardening courses in London for you.

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning garden designer with her design studio Creative Landscapes in West Sussex (UK). Her work is varied from contemporary to traditional and urban to rural. She has been the Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design and now teaches at the world famous gardens of Great Dixter (UK), Chanitcleer (USA) and West Dean (UK).

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8. Mindful Gardening - Introduction to the world of growing in small spaces

These two weekly 3-hour workshops are aimed at anyone with an interest in growing plants in a small space. Whether you have a garden, a balcony or just some indoor space that you want to brighten up with plants this course will help you make the most of it, especially in your London house.

If you’ve tried and failed, this course is aimed at getting you back on track to gardening glory and harvesting heaven. The course will have an emphasis on edible plants, but will touch a little upon non-edible ornamental plants too. That's why this is one of the best in person horticulture and gardening courses for people in London.

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