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Yorkshire School of Garden Design announces public open day and launch of short courses

The newly opened Yorkshire School of Garden Design, based at Harewood House near Leeds, has announced its calendar of short courses – as well as a date for a further public open day to
showcase everything the school has to offer.

The business, founded by Yorkshire’s own award-winning landscape garden designer Alistair Baldwin, is driven from his desire to develop and train the next generation of garden designers
to work with and understand northern landscapes.

Aspiring professional garden designers and interested amateurs are invited to Grade 1 Listed Harewood House on Saturday the 23rd of July for a full day of inspiration.

The school’s founder Alistair and fellow professional garden designer Liz Rawlinson will deliver a day of talks about the courses on offer. Before Harewood’s head gardener Trevor Nicholson, who has worked at the Treasure House for over two decades, will deliver a guided tour of the iconic Terrace and Himalayan Gardens.

Alistair Baldwin said:

We are extremely excited to offer a second open day to anyone interested in attending a course at The Yorkshire School of Garden Design.

The school has been built to train Yorkshire’s designers of the future and will be a springboard to anyone wishing to build a career in this hugely creative and exciting sector. The teachers
and lecturers on all our short courses as well as our Professional Diploma, are all eminent designers working all over the world and have built first class portfolios. We are all hugely excited to speak to anyone who is interested in joining us.

Alistair Baldwin
Alistair Baldwin

The open day will commence at 10am with tea and coffee in the teaching studio in Harewood’s Courtyard, Guests will be able to get a full sense of the growing list of short courses available
as well as the chance to chat and mingle with the tutors and have any questions answered.

As well as its year-long Professional Diploma in Garden Design course, which follows the academic year and begins in September – The Yorkshire School of Garden Design will offer a full programme of short courses for both professionals and budding amateurs.

Its first, ‘Capturing the Garden’ – is a masterclass by renowned garden photographer Eva Nemeth on the 26th or 27 August at York Gate Garden.

Eva has photographed some of the best gardens in the world for renowned publications like House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Living and this full day workshop will allow students
an opportunity to learn about all aspects of garden photography – from useful techniques, to how to capture the garden at its best, as well as brilliant tips on lighting and editing.

Eva said:

This course is suitable for photographers at any level. I will be spending time with each person individually to establish the types of imagery they want to take and help them to create
the desired photography for their current or future portfolio.

The North is a fascinating place for garden design because of the beautiful landscape and open spaces. The light and mood are different due to increased rainfall and less
direct sunshine. This adds to the opportunity for more magical and atmospheric photography.

If you are a garden designer already working in the field, and you want to be able to showcase your work more professionally, or you are just an amateur who enjoys garden photography,
then this course is for you.

Tunstall Grange
Tunstall Grange


The short courses are running from August and through 2023 with the key dates detailed below:

  • Capturing the Garden – a masterclass with photographer Eva Nemeth – 26th or 27th August – 10am to 3:30pm at York Gate Garden
  • Designing and Delivering a Show Garden – 1st and 8th November – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House
  • Sketchup for Garden Designers – 17th, 24th and 31st January – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House
  • An introduction to Garden Design – 21st and 28th February and 7th March – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House
  • An introduction to Lumion for Garden Designers – 7th March – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House
  • Freehand sketching for designers – 11th, 12th and 13th April – 10am to 4pm at Harewood HouseDesigning with plant. The know-how behind the beauty – 2nd, 9th and 16th May – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House
  • Seasonality and Layering Planting for a year-round display – 5th and 6th June – 10am to 4pm at Harewood House

To attend the Yorkshire School of Garden Design open day please contact the administrator, Eleanor Sharp, via email at
hello@ysgd.co.uk to book your place.

If you are interested in signing up for any of its courses or for further information on the Yorkshire School of Garden Design, please visit
https://ysgd.co.uk/