We run and promote a range of learning options, which include courses, lectures, conservation training for volunteers and academic study.

Adult courses and lectures

We offer a wide selection of online and in-person events and courses. Please visit our Events page for up to date details.

We also run live and hybrid one-day events and longer courses in partnership with The Garden Museum and an annual study weekend in partnership with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

Masters course in Garden History

In Autumn 2023 we launched a new masters course in Garden History in partnership with the University of Buckingham. Find out more about the course on their website or by downloading the course brochure.

English Landscape Gardens: 1650 to the Present Day (Online)

Developed in partnership with the Gardens Trust, this ten-week online course offered by the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education is the ideal introduction to English garden history. It provides an overview of five centuries of development, from Baroque formalism through the naturalistic landscape style, right up to contemporary cutting-edge planting style.



The Gardens Trust provides free training for volunteers. This capacity-building programme, which is partially funded by Historic England, enables volunteers to take a proactive role in the conservation of historic landscapes by learning skills such as:

  • researching and recording historic landscapes
  • writing Statements of Significance
  • commenting on planning applications
  • understanding planning policy
  • how to appeal against a planning decision

Find out more about our volunteer support programme. You can visit our Resource Hub to access further guidance and training.