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Certificate in Horticulture - Ornamental Horticulture



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Train to be a Professional

Skilled and Knowledgeable Ornamental Gardeners are an "in demand" commodity. Anyone with a little muscle, may be able to find work pushing a lawn mower or hacking branches off plants- but it takes knowledge and finesse to be a good gardener or manage a good gardening business that always does the work well, has the ability to take services to another level, and impresses the client with what they can get for their money.

Course Code: VHT002

Course Duration: 700 hours of self paced studies

When you know what you are doing in the garden, you don't waste time or money, and you don't use the wrong types or quantities of plants, chemicals, fertilizers, soils, or anything else.

With more families than ever having both parents working, there has been a boom in service industries across the developed world - and employing someone to "do the garden" has become part of that change,

  • The opportunities exist
  • Learn to identify and manage plants, lawns and trees
  • Learn to draw a plan, prune a plant and control pests
  • Learn about working in a plant nursery and in a landscaping business
  • Gain these and many more skills, and start a business with real potential


Course Content

There are two stages to this course.

Stage 1 requires you to complete the following fifteen lessons, to develop a broad based foundation across all important areas of horticulture.

  1. Plant Identification
  2. Parts of the Plant
  3. Planting
  4. Pruning
  5. Irrigation and Machinery
  6. Soils and Media
  7. Soils and Nutrition
  8. Seeds and Cuttings
  9. Other Propagation Techniques
  10. Landscape Application
  11. Problem Situations
  12. Indoor and Tropical Plants
  13. Pests
  14. Diseases
  15. Weeds

Stage 2 requires further studies that are specifically designed to teach you in greater depth, all about dealing with ornamental plants and gardens. These lessons are:

  1. Introduction to Landscaping
  2. Landscape Design Procedures
  3. Basic Landscape Construction
  4. Landscape Construction B:
  5. Plants for Problem Areas
  6. Indoor and Tropical Plants and Flower Gardens
  7. Herbs
  8. Container Growing and other Different Growing Techniques
  9. Arboriculture
  10. Planning Garden Maintenance
  11. Turf Care
  12. Introduction to Nursery Management
  13. Nursery Stock Maintenance and Quality
  14. Running A Garden Centre: Display and Display Techniques
  15. Marketing and Management in Ornamental Horticulture

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • Plant Language
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Perennial Plants
  • Annual Plants
  • Tropical Plants
  • Herbs
  • Plant Pests and Diseases
  • Weeds
  • Garden Design Part I
  • Organic Gardening
  • Starting a Nursery or Herb Farm
  • Starting a Garden or Landscape Business
  • Getting Work in Horticulture


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

An assignment is given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of horticulture, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

How This Course Can Help You

This course gives you the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are applicable across the horticulture industry from grounds management to nursery through to jobs in the public sector. A great way to push your career is to enrol in a comprehensive course such as this.

  • It will give you the fundamentals of horticulture relevant to any industry sector.
  • It gives you the flexibility to move within a range of industry sectors.
  • It allows you to be a the forefront of a changing industry - the emphasis on well-trained gardeners with insight and talent is growing within the gardening industry. Be amongst those in demand and  distinguish your skills from those of the every day 'gardener'.

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Certificate in Horticulture - Ornamental Horticulture Certificate in Horticulture - Ornamental Horticulture
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