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Exclusive to Coolings! Garden Horizons: Plants, People and Places

Course Length: 1 Year (AM or PM) Tutor: Tessa Allen

Course dates, time and price

Starts September 15th 2022 for 30 weeks

(Please note this course is now fully booked)



About the course

This course is exclusive to Coolings. No exams, no pressure. Relax and have fun, learning in the company of fellow gardeners. Suitable for anyone with a love of gardening, this exciting and informative course covers a fascinating range of topics.

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

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

What you will learn

Topics to include:

  • weekly plant identification
  • how people and institutions have shaped the world of horticulture today
  • plant breeding
  • UK’s native perennial flowers
  • History of water gardening
  • European garden designers and their influence

Classroom days will include practical demonstrations in Coolings gardens and production nursery, with lots of discussion, laughter and fun!

About the tutor

Tessa Allen has taught horticulture for over 35 years and the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture for the last 23 years. Throughout, Tessa has had a high achievement and retention rate, which she puts down to the friendly but organised classroom atmosphere.

How to apply

To apply for this course please complete the Booking Enquiry form by clicking the ‘Booking Form’ button on the top right hand-side of this page.

Should you have any further queries relating to this course, please complete the Booking Enquiry form or telephone the team at Coolings on 01959 532269 or email

If you are interested in any of our courses that are currently full please contact us to join the waiting list.  If there is sufficient interest then we will always consider running another course.

Please note, courses will only be cancelled if not viable to run.

Where the course is held

All courses are held in the education centre at Coolings The Gardener’s Garden Centre, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7NN

The benefits of learning at Coolings

We provide a fantastic learning atmosphere in our purpose-built education centre, just a stone’s throw from our production nursery, display gardens and garden centre that holds the biggest selection of plants in the South East.

Other benefits include:

  • 15% discount for students at all Coolings Garden Centres for the duration of your course (exclusions apply).
  • Celebratory evening for students and tutors upon completion of your course where drinks and canapes or a light buffet will be provided (excluding Planting Design for Beginners course).
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Tea and coffee provided.