Sue Gibson's School of Gardening

Please note that dates for the new terms and workshops will be published here as soon as possible after the lockdown ends.

Course Dates 2019/20

Garden Design 3-Term Courses

I For beginners who want to design their own gardens and/or pursue an interest in garden design

II  For advanced students who wish to learn professional design and gardening techniques, and improve their plant knowledge

Classes are small and informal, and held at my home in Slimbridge, in local gardens and in students' gardens

I  Design your own Garden
Year One - Beginners

Term 1
Garden Design

Term 2

Term 3
Graphics & Border Planning

25th September -
11th December

8th January -
25th March

22nd April -
8th July

Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £400 per term

On the Beginners Course, students will learn how to measure up and draw gardens to scale, and how to design them. 

They will also learn the Principles of Design and the basics of hard landscaping.

In Plant Planning, students learn how to plan beds and borders based on plant texture, shape and colour.

Simple graphics to illustrate the garden designs are combined with more border planning.

 A practical is held at a local garden centre on combining plants, always a very popular exercise.

Garden Design & Management
Year II


24th September - 10th December


7th January -
24th March


21st April -
7th July

Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £375 per term

Building on the knowledge gained in the first year, students will design gardens in the locality of Slimbridge, produce planting plans, visuals and design reports.  Garden management and practical work will also feature strongly on this course.

Advanced Garden Design & Management


Alternate Thursdays from
26th September - 5th December

Alternate Thursdays
9th January -
26th March

Alternate Thursdays
23rd April -
9th July

Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £375 per term

Special Projects

Alternate Thursdays 2019
3rd October -
12th December

Alternate Thursdays 2020
16th January -
2nd April

Alternate Thursdays 2020
30th  April -
2nd July

Time:  9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Cost:  £375 per term

Workshops - 2020


Spring Pruning Shrubs & Roses:
Saturday 22nd February
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Summer Pruning Shrubs, Roses and Perennials:
Saturday 11th July
10.00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Growing and Training Fruit in Small Spaces:
Thursday 27th August
10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at May Cottage

Cost:  £75 per Practical Workshop including lunch
£5 off for each second and subsequent course booked


Thank you so much, Sue.  The course and particularly you have been a real inspiration, especially to one who is streets behind everyone else.  Love, Mary, Lackham College, Wiltshire

It's been lovely getting to know you and you're such a Fab Gardening Teacher.  Adrian, Newport