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The Garden Design Academy, located in the Loire Valley region of Central France, is run by award-winning English garden designers Colin and Marie-Chantal Elliott. They are specialist tutors offering English language residential tuition in garden design and CAD technologies. We also offer distance learning courses.

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Drawing on over 30 years of experience in horticulture, gardening, garden design and landscaping, the Academy provides a wide range of courses in these subjects by distance learning and a number of residential courses based in France's Loire Valley.

By teaming up with horicultural education experts around the world they have put together a rangePhoto of Contact Page - Garden Design Courses of courses from those suitable for the keen amateur gardener, through a range of professional developement training up to Masters level.

The Garden Design Academy is proud to offer the full range of qualifications from the UK's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and is the only establishment on mainland Europe to do so.

Their site in this central location gives residential students easy access by plane, train and car from all over Europe. Visits are arranged to the famous chateaux and gardens of the Loire Valley nearby.

The majority of students follow distance learning courses and have the stupport of Colin and his staff throughout. It is the quality of this support which sets the Garden Design Academy apart.

Courses / Programs:

Residential Courses:
- CAD for Garden Designers (professional)
- Design your own Garden (amateur)

Distance Learning Courses include:
- RHS Horticulture levels 2 & 3
- Master of Horticulture (RHS)
- CAD for Garden Designers
- Certificate & Diploma in Garden Design
- Horticulture
- Garden History
- Landscaping
- Permaculture Systems
- Viticulture

We welcome enquiries from around the world to study with us at any time of the year. We are also able to offer training in subjects not yet listed through our links with a number of other distance learning and horticultural colleges.

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