Garden Horizons: A History of Plants and Gardens

Exclusive to Coolings!

Relax and have fun, learning in the company of fellow gardeners.
No exams, no pressure, no requirement for any prior course attendance.


Suitable for anyone with a love of gardening, this exciting and informative course covers a fascinating range of topics.


Topics to include:

  • Weekly plant identification
  • Garden History: Egyptians to 20th century UK
  • Plant Introductions Through History
  • Garden Designers of 20th century
  • Plant Families
  • Month by Month: Plants for Your Garden

Classroom days will include practical demonstrations, including opportunities to improve your propagation skills.

This course includes 10 full-day visits to gardens and places of horticultural interest. The days of the visits will run from 9 am - 4 pm.

The price includes all coach trips, but not entry to the gardens.

Visits will include: 

  • Sheffield Park
  • Kew Gardens
  • Wakehurst Place
  • Claremont Landscape Garden
  • Painshill
  • Beth Chatto's 
  • Pashley Manor
  • Scotney Castle
  • Marle Place


30 week course, following the academic year.

Starts: Thursday 14th September 2017 with a choice of either a morning (9.30 am – 12.30 pm) or afternoon (1pm - 4 pm) class.  (10% off fees with Family card)

Tutor: Tessa Allen

Cost: £665.56 (£599 with a Family card)