A new online course has been launched to help budding gardeners get their green-fingered qualifications without getting their hands dirty.
The scheme, which is the first of its kind in the world, is the brainchild of award-winning garden designer Duncan Heather, principal of the Oxford College of Garden Design (OCGD).
Students enrolling on the one-year course can work towards a post-graduate qualification in residential landscape architecture and will be able to log-in anywhere in the world.
The online programme will follow the same timetable as the college’s onsite classes, although those enrolling for the web-based courses will have access to a personal tutor offering one-to-one feedback, interactive video tutorials, downloadable lectures that can be listened to on a computer, iPod or mobile phone and monthly webinars with live video streams and Q&A sessions.
In addition, they will be able to view online galleries featuring ground, construction and planting plans, as well as an internet forum where they can liaise with fellow students.
Mr. Heather established the OCGD in 1992. He has been a garden designer for over 30 years and between 2004 and 2007, sat on the council of the Society of Garden Designers.