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Helpful Information

Helpful Information

Graduate and Review Applicants

Pre-registered members apply for their membership using one of two routes:

Graduate Applicant

  • Open to successful graduates of Garden Design or Landscape Design / Architecture at Foundation degree, or Diploma level or higher.  Courses must have required at least 200 guided learning hours (ie one day a week for 3 terms). 
  • Applicants must also confirm that they hold current Professional Indemnity insurance.

The Society has arranged especially beneficial rates to new graduate entrants to the garden design profession and full details of this can be found at, or email: However, there are other companies who provide PI insurance for garden designers.

Review Applicant

  • If you are not able to show appropriate qualification certificates as above, please supply a sample layout plan for review as detailed on the application form, and
  • Confirmation of Professional Indemnity cover as above

Until you are accepted as a pre-registered Member your status will be Friend of the Society.  If you apply for pre-registration and are not successful in the first instance you will be enrolled as a Friend. Refunds will not be issued if you are not successful.

Sample Layout

Please supply a single sheet layout design plan (a master plan or concept plan). The project does not need to have been built, but the plan must evidence your design skills. This may be something you would show your client. 

Your garden design layout plan should reflect ‘where you are’ as a designer and should be emailed in PDF format.