Sue Gibson's School of Gardening

Welcome to my Gardening School

Established in 1999

On my informal and friendly courses, you can study all aspects of Gardening and Garden Design and Management.

Courses are held in the stimulating surroundings of my cottage garden alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal in the Severn Vale. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere and hands-on practicals make the whole learning experience an inspirational journey, enabling students to create and maintain the gardens to which they have always aspired.

By learning to see the world with new eyes, students are inspired to produce imaginative garden designs, planting plans and gardens.

On the practical horticulture courses, students learn garden management to a high standard, encompassing propagation; growing fruit in small spaces; understanding soil care and improvement; making plant supports out of natural materials, and the often misunderstood techniques of pruning; etc.

Sue Gibson’s School of Gardening has been established in Slimbridge for 20 years. Students have graduated to become highly skilled, professional garden designers and gardeners.  Some are also guides at the Gardens at Highgrove.


Learn to:

  • Design your own garden
  • Plan beautiful borders
  • Maintain your garden to a professional standard
  • Use organic gardening techniques

Courses in:

  • Garden Design
  • Plant Planning
  • Training fruit in small spaces
  • Pruning in Spring and Summer

Courses are held in and around May Cottage in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

Please see Contact Info for more details.


of Shrubs & Roses

Courses are currently at a standstill but I hope will resume before too long.  Check the website or email me to get the revised dates.


Many thanks for sharing your entusiasm with us and so much knowledge.  Yvonne, Marshfield

Another wonderful year - the highlight of our week.  Katharine, Tetbury

Thank you for such an interesting and informative day.  You were just brilliant at explaining.  Margie, Glos.

Thank you so much for an amazing year.  You are such an inspiring teacher and I have learnt so much.  Mark, Cheltenham

Thank you so much for giving me a fantastic, inspirational Advanced Plant Planning Course. It's been a real joy to be alongside like-minded people and a lot of fun. The garden visits, course content and delivery of techniques have been so helpful - I look forward to applying them! With many thanks, Kirsty, Tetbury

 I would like to thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful year.  I have learned so much and have had my eyes opened to so many wonderful new things.
What a wonderful teacher you are.  I look forward to returning in September.  Judy, Frampton