azaleas & rhododendrons

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden enthusiasts, garden designers and landscapers.

This course develops your skills in growing these remarkable plants to perfection. It builds your knowledge of the species and varieties available to give you a long lasting display of colour in the garden.

Soils, weed control, feeding, pest and disease control, watering, landscape design and lots more are included over eight lessons.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons are actually in the same botanical category (i.e. genus Rhododendron). Azalea is a common name used to describe many smaller growing shrubs from the genus Rhododendron. Broadly speaking, azaleas have both smaller leaves, and generally a lesser height.

This is an eight lesson course of approximately 100 hours study:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the group, information contacts (i.e.: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  2. Culture
    • Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest and disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt, air etc.
  3. Propagation
    • Methods of propagating this group of plants. Propagation of selected varieties.
  4. The most Commonly Grown Varieties.
  5. Other important groups.
  6. Lesser Grown Varieties.
  7. Making the best use of these plants. In containers, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit.
  8. Special Assignment
    • A study of one selected plant or group.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award winning landscaper and garden designer and an ex-Royal Gardener at Windsor, with its wonderful collections of Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons -
Course cost:
£ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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