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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Demand for Horticulturalists in the UK has risen, due to the increase in horticultural production, in particular within emerging industrial countries such as China and India.  Many employers in the industry are welcoming anyone with the right skills and attitude.  An increasing number of horticultural jobs are becoming linked to public contracts, so it is essential for businesses to show that their employees can meet the criteria by obtaining formal qualifications.
In fact if you want to work in horticulture anywhere in the world, you will need a good foundation.  ADL continues to supply a broad range of courses, including the RHS Certificate II in Horticulture... 

· RHS Certificate II – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance – VHT039

· Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Grounds Management) – VHT002

· Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Crops) – VHT002

· Diploma in Horticulture (Horticultural Technology) (VHT002 / VBS001)

· Advanced Diploma in Plant Science – VSC004

...to name but 5 of over 150 possibilities  – and all in the comfort of your own home, through correspondence, on-Line or USB.  
In terms of horticultural careers, ADL courses can open up avenues into Landscaping & Garden Design, Wholesale Nursery Management, Aromatherapy, Plant Breeding, Sports Turf Management...and many more.  
For more information on Horticulture and other relevant courses, please click here...
Available through correspondence, on-Line or USB at ADL.



Humans have an uncanny and incredible capacity to attribute meaning to pretty much anything and teach that meaning to others. This ability to create a language from ordinary items and symbols allowed the Victorians from the upper stratas of society, who were taught expressing certain things by word improper, to make grand, intense declarations of love, hate, friendship or indifference via bouquets of flowers and herbs.


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Dr. Lee Raye is a tutor on some of our writing and environmental modules here at the Academy for Distance Learning. This week we had a chat with them about their hobbies, their research, and how generous they are when marking assignments!


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I’ve been working at the Academy for Distance Learning for five years now and I really enjoy it. My most important responsibility is tutoring our complimentary modules, Academic Writing and Critical Thinking. Those modules are free for everyone who starts a course at ADL, and learners can write about whatever they want, so every submission is a bit...


So far in this series we have looked at the pesticides used today, the pesticides banned since World War II, and the first industrial chemical pesticides. In this final post, I want to tell a less well-known story: how pest control functioned before the modern period, especially in medieval and early modern Europe. Chemical pesticides were one of the least relevant aspects of pest control in this period, so this post will also describe physical, cultural and biological pest control. Although the pest control methods used in this period were unreliable and unscientific by today’s standards, they still have some interesting lessons...

For those of us who dream about a life outdoors and earning our keep with the work of our bare hands, perhaps gardening is something that has been considered. Those who are gardeners have said it is back breaking work but they would not change it for the world.

If you are pondering a change of career as a gardener, know that you are not alone and many people, some in their 30s or older, have decided on career changes like this. Some have known since they were teenagers!

If you are interested in gardening, be prepared for a job that will be physically demanding and put your body under a lot of strain. You will also potentially...

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It’s official! After only one year of online study at the Academy for Distance Learning, I have just received my certificate from the RHS. I’ve passed all eight modules and I now hold the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture!


The RHS Level 2 qualification is the most recognised certification in the industry, and it’s the mark of a professional gardener. Even elite employers like the National Trust start their job adverts with “RHS Level 2 or equivalent”.

It usually takes a year full time or two years part time to study for the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, so I’ve managed it in very...

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An F1 hybrid is the first filial ( F1) generation produced by crossing two pure bred parent plants.

What is a Pure Bred Plant?

Pure bred parent plants are ones which have been selected by getting rid of any variations, anomalies or sudden mutations until the population is uniform. A population is required with as little genetic variation as possible. This may take several generations and very careful control as the breeder does not want pollinators...

Rhododendron is a very popular genus of shrubs for gardens due to its clusters of flowers, which can cover the surface of the shrub, most often in spring. They are generally evergreen (except the deciduous Azaleas) and the individual flowers are concave (tubular, funnel, trumpet or saucer shaped) with long filaments (unlike flatter Hydrangeas). They tend to only grow well in acidic soils and will change colour depending on the pH. At least 500 species from across four continents have been cultivated, and thousands of cultivars have been bred (Brickell, 1996, p. 868). The first known cultivated Rhododendron species was Rhododendron...


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