Our in house Garden Designer, Pip Probert has been teaching various Short Courses in Garden and Floral Design along with a Diploma in Garden Design for the past 7 years.  These courses have been run from various locations such as Ness Botanic Gardens, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Fieldcrest Gardening School.  This year Outer Spaces have branched out and developed a series of new courses in connection with Arley Hall and Gardens.  All courses have been written and are taught by Pip Probert with other members of the Outer Spaces team assisting in their individual skill sets.

The main course that we offer is the ‘Garden Design Diploma’, which is a two-year course, aimed at people looking to change career or even just start a business in this profession.  As a student you don’t need to have any previous Garden Design experience but a keen interest in the subject and horticulture in general would help you as you take on this new venture.  This is a crash course, covering a huge range of topics within the subject, allowing you to learn everything needed to complete a design project.  Not only do you cover Garden Design but Construction, Health and Safety, Business Set Up and Horticultural Science is all included.  Each week we follow the process in a way that you would when working as a professional; from meeting the client and taking a site survey through to managing construction works.  We even teach you how to draw and colour in!!

Many of our previous students have begun our courses with no experience what so ever, stating the words “I CAN’T DRAW!”  This soon changes, with confidence and experience, all our students leave feeling confident that they can go out into the world and complete design projects for real clients.

Not only are we offering the full Garden Design Diploma, but also a series of short courses, each one a weekend course that covers one of the fundamental elements.  Whether there is a topic you feel you don’t know, or you simply want a refresher, we can accommodate.

All our courses will now run from Arley Hall and Gardens in Nantwich.  Well know for their stunning perennial border and beautiful gardens.  They are also known as the home of various television and filmsettings.

If you would like further information on the courses we offer, then please email us at learn@outerspaces.org.uk for a course handbook and application form.


  • by Jackie Posted 23rd February 2019 6:59 pm

    Wow, this post is nice, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, therefore I am
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    • by admin Posted 28th February 2019 9:19 am

      Thank you, if she is interesting in learning more about our courses, then please email us at learn@outerspaces.org.uk.

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