Our Tutors

From the very beginning of your course you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you every step of the way to provide individual support, guidance and encouragement.

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    • James Kilkelly+

      James Kilkelly

      Senior Tutor

      James Kilkelly

      James is a well-known figure in the garden design industry. He has worked on many spectacular gardens including The Royal Hospital (Kilmainham); The War Memorial Gardens (Inchicore) and St. Anne's Park and Rose Garden. James' grounding in garden design began at the National Botanic Gardens. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for his garden designs, most notable of which was for his Malaysian themed garden at the 2006 "Garden Heaven" show.

    • Karl Carolan+

      Karl Carolan

      Course Tutor

      Karl Carolan

      Karl has over ten years of practical experience in the Landscape and Garden Design Industry. He graduated from UCD with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2004, having previously completed a diploma with distinction from the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin in 1998 and a Horticultural skills course in Kinseally College of Research.

    • Gabriela Vagala+

      Gabriela Vagala

      Course Tutor

      Gabriela Vagala

      Gabriela has ten years of practical experience within the landscape architecture field. She earned a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich, after previously obtaining a first class honors degree in landscape architecture at Kingston University. Since then, she has been involved in a wide range of assignments, from small residential projects to large environmental regeneration and urban development projects.

    • Yvette Smith+

      Yvette Smith

      Course Tutor

      Yvette Smith

      Yvette is a garden designer working with both private and commercial clients. She holds a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Design and Management and a FdSc in Horticulture, Garden Design with Distinction. Yvette has exhibited at RHS Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park Flower Shows.

    • Cornelia Raftery+

      Cornelia Raftery

      Course Tutor

      Cornelia Raftery

      Cornelia is a Landscape Architect & Designer who works on design and build projects, landscape impact assessments and also teaches design. She is a registered member of the GLDA, the Irish Landscape Institute and the Teaching Council of Ireland. Her show garden 'No Limits', was a Gold Medal winner at Bloom 2018.