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Exclusive to Coolings! How to be a Successful Gardener

Course Length: 1 Year Tutor: Neil Bone

Course dates, time and price

Starts 28th September 2024 for 30 weeks

Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm (subject to school holidays)



About the course

Beginners gardening course, no prior knowledge or experience required. Come and learn with Neil one of our experienced instructors in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere with likeminded people who have a similar level of interest and ability. Focusing on the principal areas of contemporary ornamental plants and fruit and vegetable gardening.

For people who have an interest in gardening and want to know more without a taxing level of science, complexity or exams!

What you will learn

Each class consists of theory and hands-on practical sessions. Learn how and when to prune, different and interesting ways to propagate plants, selecting the right plants for the right place and how to create all year-round seasonal interest. As well as ornamental planting Neil will advise you how to grow an extensive range of fruit and vegetables in the ground and containers.

In addition to lessons, we have a WhatsApp group (if you want to join) to help learners exchange ideas and information during the duration of the course and beyond.

About the tutor

Neil runs his own successful garden maintenance and design business and has plenty of real-world experience of the topics covered.

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.