Our Team

Pickard Team

Our diploma course teaches you the practical and business skills you will need to practice as a garden designer

  • Is taught by leading UK professionals
  • Runs from two easily accessible venues
  • Established for over 30 years


Rob Whitehead MA MSGD MIoD

Rob was the Principal of The Pickard School for the last 10 years’ having taken over from its founder Christopher Pickard. Rob will be guest lecturing having retired from full-time lecturing in 2017. Rob is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and holds a Master’s degree in Garden and Landscape Design. He is an RHS Chelsea medallist, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Through his design consultancy, Rob undertakes a wide variety of garden design work, from small urban gardens to large scale multi-discipline projects for both private individuals and corporate clients. He concentrates on projects in UK, France and Italy.