Level 2 certificate in horticulture

How it works

I am an official independent supplier of these courses, run by the RHS. I run these 8 courses for 10 weeks – and my method of teaching is a combination of both theory and practical, as this approach reaps best results.(Warning: There is a lot of homework).

Where is the course?

The courses are run in the chalet from my beautiful garden (see picture beside), which accommodates a maximum of six students – so the course is very exclusive. Prior to starting the course, we will arrange an informal interview, and explain everything to you.

How long is the course?

The course is run one morning a week on a Tuesday or a Thursday morning 9.30 to 12.30. Modules can be done individually, at your own pace – for example ‘just fruit and veg’ if you wish to learn how to grow at home.  You may pick and choose which modules to do or join any time (roll on roll off programme).

Completing the course

If you wish to do all 8 (8 x 10 weeks) you may sit the exam at Merrist Wood as an external candidate (though one module subject at a time), and if you pass all 8 modules you will then achieve the prestigious RHS Principles of Horticulture qualification.

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The modules

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Plant classification, structure and function

This module looks at plant naming and how plants work.

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Plant nutrition and the root environment

Often called the soil module which is where the heart of horticulture lies.

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Maintaining plant health

This looks at weeds, pests and diseases as well as other disorders found in plants.

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Understanding plant propagation

All plants have their own method of propagation whether from seed or vegetative means, all fascinating.

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Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning

Often called the design module with lots of plant identification.

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Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns

I call this the maintenance module as we look at pruning and maintenance of all the different types of plants including lawns.

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Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit

Becoming ever more popular and what better place to learn than my garden full of raised beds and a fruit cage.

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Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

I have a very large greenhouse to help you learn about growing indoor vegetables, raising plants from seed and other propagation techniques.

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