horticulture I

The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course which gives you a sound, broad, technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices. A section of each lesson involves plant identification.

This course will teach you :

To identify, propagate and care for 80 different types of plants.

The systematic way plants are classified. Structure and parts of a flower.

To identify different leaf shapes. Different ways to control weeds.

Simple soil tests.

Making propagating and potting mixes. Identifying pest and disease problems.

How and why to prune different plants.

Drawing a simple garden sketch plan.

To plant or repair a lawn; and lots more.

As with all our courses, study papers are provided on a CD, in total involving approximately 100 hours of work. The course is divided into 12 lessons with an assignment set at the end of each. These are sent to the Academy for marking and are returned to you with comments and suggestions. There are also a series of self test exercises to help you guage your our progress and reinforce what you have learned.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist and garden designer.

Aims of this course :

  • Plant Identification: Naming plants; distinguishing the taxonomic divisions of plants including family, genus, species and variety or hybrid; identifying the different parts of a flower; distinguishing the morphological characteristics of leaves.
  • Planting: Planting methods used for different types of plants including annuals, perennials, evergreen and deciduous plants; influence of environmental factors on planting techniques.
  • Soils: Classifying soils; sampling and testing soils; chemical and physical properties of soils; soil improvement techniques; composting; potting mixes.
  • Nutrition: Major and micro elements necessary for plant growth; nutrient deficiencies and toxicities; fertilisers.
  • Water Management: Irrigation systems – characteristics, advantages and disadvantages; drainage systems; waterwise gardening.
  • Pruning: Pruning techniques; importance of pruning to growth, flowering and fruiting; pruning tools.
  • Weeds: Identifying common weeds; characteristics of weeds; control techniques; herbicides.
  • Pests and Diseases: Identifying common insect and disease problems; control methods; Integrated Pest Management; pesticides; hygiene procedures; chemical safety.
  • Landscaping: Stages of landscaping; design procedures; collating pre-planning information; preparing plans; selecting plants for specified sites.
  • Propagation: Asexual and sexual propagation; taking cuttings; sowing seeds; aftercare of propagated plants.
  • Lawns: Turf grass varieties; laying a new lawn; cultural techniques including watering, fertilizing, topdressing, aerating, pest and disease control.
  • Arboriculture: Tree management techniques including pruning, removal and tree surgery; identifying tree problems.

An ideal gift for the gardening enthusiast


Course cost: £ 360.00 (single payment)

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