Garden design college plans overseas expansion

The London College of Garden Design is looking at expanding overseas by offering courses as far away as Australia.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Tom Harfleet's September Sky design in Sydney
Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Tom Harfleet's September Sky design in Sydney

The college, founded by designers Andrew Wilson and Andrew Fisher-Tomlin and landscaper Mark Gregory, could offer a combination of master classes and short courses taught by local designers next year.

Fisher Tomlin, also of Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer, said: "We’ve had a couple of years where everyone has struggled to run short courses but because of my travelling there have been requests, particularly from countries where they have a culture of garden design but a different approach, such as Sweden and Australia."

Fisher Tomlin intends to link up with local designers around garden events, such as the Sydney show where he and Tom Harfleet created the first British-designed garden at the Australian Garden Show Sydney in September.

"When we were doing that we were doing the Sydney show this year a number of professionals came along who said that our way was a very British way of designing planting. I think people are always interested in different ways of doing things," he said.

The college is expanding in the UK as well, running more short courses at RHS Wisley and they are already half sold.

New courses include designing a contemporary small garden, designing kitchen gardens, designing with water and designing a family-friendly garden.

The Info Burst seasons continue in 2014 with the launch of a series of evenings with leading garden designers Sarah Eberle and Jo Thompson and landscape architect Noel Farrer talking about projects close to their hearts which were never built.




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