The Northern School of Gardening


Learn from one of the leading lights in gardening, Dean Bolton-Grant. Join Dean as he shares his knowledge and passion for the art of horticulture having spent a lifetime immersed in the world of gardens and plants 

Dean; Director and Founder of The Northern School of Gardening 

Dean's remarkable career in horticulture began in the kitchen gardens of Michelin starred hotels and has led to him gardening for royalty and heads of states across Europe. Now settled in North YorkshireDean consults in the art of gardening at private estates in the UK and Europe.

Dean first learnt his craft at Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons as gardener in the famous kitchen gardens for Raymond Blanc. Further afield Dean has spent time in Europe as gardener to the Queen of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace, Denmark, a stunning Baroque palace. Deans skill and love of his craft have taken him to the southernmost point of Europe, Malta, where he was responsible for the Presidential palace gardens, the Prime Minister's official residence, and numerous key gardens on the island. 

Closer to home Dean was commissioned to continue the development of the gardens at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms and consults on numerous private estates in the UK. As director of the NSG, Dean is hands on, teaching a number of the courses based at The Yorke Arms, curating developments in the garden and inviting other renowned experts in the field of garden design and horticulture to share their knowledge and passion with our students. 

What we do
We offer a range of practical, informative gardening courses throughout the year. All courses have the aim of inspiring our guests, leaving them excited and armed with secrets of gardening and the enthusiasm to help transform their own gardens.

The team at Northern School of Gardening love to share our passion and knowledge of gardening and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our courses in the near future.

We welcome keen home gardeners, allotment growers and those new to gardening. Whether you’ve had green fingers for years, or are just starting out, we will give you all the tips you need to get your garden growing.  


Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, our school of gardening has the exclusive use of the famous Yorke Arms in Ramsgill allowing us to share our passion for plants and gardening in the most stunning of settings. 

Here we grow countless different varieties of herbs and vegetables as well as experimenting with planting styles and trialling the varieties of plants we love to use.