The Venue – Harewood House

We are delighted to be basing the Yorkshire School of Garden Design at the stunning Harewood House.  One of the Treasure Houses of England, this iconic house and its wonderful setting have been sculpted by some of the luminaries of design including John Carr, Robert Adam, Charles Barry, Capability Brown and Thomas Chippendale.

Students will enjoy access to over 100 acres of stunning gardens, filled with trees and plants from around the world.  The Himalayan Garden evolved out of the huge rock garden created at the head of the great lake by Princess Mary and her husband the 6th Earl of Harewood in the 1930s, and it now plays host to an extraordinary range of plants from the mountainous habitat after which it is named.

The iconic terrace garden is known as one of the most beautiful Victorian formal gardens in England.  Built in the 1840s by Sir Charles Barry (architect of the Houses of Parliament in London) the intricate layout of box-edged beds and breath-taking fountains commands panoramic views over the Capability Brown parkland, lake and beyond.  Below the terrace head gardener, Trevor Nicholson, has planted a south-facing border of extraordinary diversity, including many half-hardy exotic species.

The Diploma in Garden Design will be delivered in a large well lit studio teaching space in the Grade I listed former stables.  The Courtyard building offers views over the Capability Brown parkland and also hosts the Courtyard café where students can enjoy delicious locally sourced food.  Harewood House is easily accessible from the A61 between Leeds and Harrogate, and has excellent public transport links. For more information on how to get there, please visit the Harewood House website here