Eden Project Learning Cornwall College Duchy College

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden & Landscape Design)

Based at Cornwall’s Eden Project, the BSc (Hons) Horticulture Garden & Landscape Design has been specifically developed to provide industry competent horticulturalists, who have significant design capabilities and a detailed understanding of horticulture science. On this unique programme you will develop skills valuable to numerous sectors of the horticultural industry both in the UK and abroad.
Eden’s diverse and specialist plant collections, nurseries and growing facilities, dedicated laboratory and design studio, coupled with Duchy College’s nationally renowned micro propagation research facility, provide a world class study platform.

A diverse team of subject specialists supports you in your studies. This includes plant pathologists, botanists, ecologists, garden designers, artists, landscape architects and horticulturalists, many of whom partner private practice with their teaching commitments.

Students under the tutelage of members of the current teaching team have won numerous awards including the Prince of Wales Trophy for Sustainable Horticulture last year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year three times in the last five years and the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Designer of the Year Award three times in the past six years, the latest in 2015.

You will also embrace sustainable business practice and develop skills in planting design and design communication, using both traditional and digital media (no prior experience required).

In the core garden and landscape design modules, innovative and imaginative design practice is encouraged from day one. Through real or ‘live’ projects you will learn how to create stimulating and thought-provoking spaces in a variety of locations – from private gardens to public landscapes. Clients who students have worked with recently include Truro Cathedral, The Pengersick Castle Trust, The Eden Project, The Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust and the Potager Garden.


Possible Careers

  • Garden Designer
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscaper
  • Planning Adviser
  • Municipal Parks and Gardens Manager
  • Estate Garden Manager
  • Nursery Stock Producer
  • Specialist Propagator
  • Garden Historian

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Meet the team- Matt James

Matt is a senior lecturer, landscape designer and author, and has led the the garden and landscape design degree programmes at Eden Project Learning since 2014

Matt has written five books about gardening and garden design including the bestselling How to Plant a Garden  and The Urban Gardener  through the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as for publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Garden and the Garden Design Journal. 

Channel 4’s The City Gardener introduced Matt to the gardening public; the series was later broadcast around the globe. Two series about urban garden design in the US soon followed.  

As well as teaching at Eden, Matt leads a design practice working on diverse projects from nature-based school grounds to steep sloping coastal gardens. He has won awards for his design work both in the UK and US, most recently sharing a Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 for his work with the National Dahlia Collection.  

For Matt’s full profile click HERE

Student Alumni- Freddie Strickland

Studying at Eden is an experience unlike any other. Eden’s unique body of plants, including the exotics of the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, allow horticulture students to be able to engage with ecosystems from around the globe. Having such an advantage gives me a step up that I wouldn’t get if I studied anywhere else in the world.

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