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World class garden design courses

Welcome to the London College of Garden Design Melbourne. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria Melbourne Gardens we bring together our unique Australian design and horticultural expertise with the training experience of Europe’s leading garden design college.

The College delivers professional skills training for those aiming for a career in the thriving garden and landscape design profession and we are fortunate to have many of Australia’s leading designers and landscape experts teaching for us. Our real-time online option means that you can train alongside classroom-based students and study from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin


The College

Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria Melbourne Gardens we bring together our unique Australian design and horticultural expertise with the training experience of Europe’s leading garden design college.

Garden Design program

Learn to become a Garden Designer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens where students enjoy the benefit of being at one of Australia’s premier gardens in a classroom that is part of the old Observatory buildings. You can also study with us remotely in live classrooms and studios from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

Blended Learning

Blended learning

Our Garden Design Program is a unique blend of in-class and online learning. Some students choose to study the whole course online with real-time learning from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. You will still take part in the classroom alongside students in class in Melbourne. Some of our lectures are delivered online to every student by some of the leading overseas professionals including our UK based Directors.

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Our two-year Garden Design Program is led by our Australian Director Brent Reid, supported by practising design, horticulture and technical professionals from Australia to ensure you are given the widest possible experience of our industry and the most up-to-date knowledge. Our London colleagues will also bring their unique landscape design experience to the course, contributing to the course content, timetable and design experience.

We are also able to share the short course webinars of our UK partners and will occasionally offer short courses from Australia.


Student & Graduate success celebrated

1 Apr, 2024

We’re delighted to be celebrating the success of new garden design talent at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Special congratulations to LCGD students Andy Sargood and Madeleine Holyman (below left) who won the award of excellence and a Gold medal for their Challenger Achievable garden called ‘Look Within’.

LCGD graduate Sarah McLauchlan (below right) won the competition to create her ‘Nature’s Pantry’ garden for Open Gardens Victoria and Rachael Saulle created the ‘Soundwave Garden’ (above) which was used by musicians during the show.

LCGD Director given top award at Melbourne flower show

1 Apr, 2024
Our Director Brent Reid has been awarded the prestigious “Spirit of the Show’ awarded at this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The award was given for Brent’s dedication to supporting new design talent and his commitment to championing excellence in horticulture. Brent is well known within the horticulture industry and this award acknowledges the work he has achieved and the regard with which the industry holds him.

For the plant lovers!

29 Jan, 2024
We’re looking forward to the 2024 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show where LCGD Melbourne will be hosting the very popular Border Garden Competition. The competition will be bigger and better with the support of our tutors and the industry experience of the team at the London College of Garden Design Melbourne. This exciting competition is a platform to help emerging garden designers and experts show what is possible to achieve in a tiny space with a sole focus on plants. The focus here is on all plants and making the greenlife the star of the space!

Design sustainability

9 Jan, 2024
A key focus for any landscape designer today is to design and operate in a sustainable way. Whether that’s simply managing design detail so that it minimises waste, sourcing from rentable suppliers to creating sustainable planting designs. Increasingly designers will have to think about measuring their impact and all around the world planning authorities are introducing requirements for new build that take account of the environmental impact of new developments.

Landscape design or Garden design – what’s the difference?

13 Dec, 2023
Let’s clear up any confusion around the interchangeable use of these two terms in the design profession. We choose to switch between Landscape Design and Garden Design in our marketing material as the former is more common in the UK where our partner college is located, and the latter is more common in the Australian industry although garden design is becoming more widely used. By definition, these two terms are the same.

Discover a new career in landscape design

9 Nov, 2023
If you are contemplating changing careers to become a Garden and Landscape Designer, but don’t really know where to begin, we have designed a new career day to show the working life of a Garden Designer and the opportunities that a career in landscape design holds.

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+61 (0)423 080 728 | INFO@LCGD.COM.AU