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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Plants mean potions, potions mean magic and magic means witches. How can you tell a witch apart? By the deadly plants in their garden. If you’re following our singular brand of logic back to its root, you’ll understand that you may well be able to spy a potential witch or warlock from the trees, herbs

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New RHS Level 2 course available online!
A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

The Academy for Distance Learning is pleased to announce the launch of their Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Level 2 Principles of Plant Growth and Development course, available online now! Changes to the Legacy RHS qualification Many learners were left waiting in anticipation after the RHS announced changes to their legacy qualifications in March 2021. Previously,

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

All RHS theory courses If you are already studying an RHS course (most of you are, to be enrolled here – though some of you may have already completed your studies with us): Whichever theory Certificate at Level 2 or 3 you are studying, an RHS Certificate (old or new syllabus) remains a valid and

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Elizabeth, one of our students studying Rose Growing has sent us a fabulous selection of scenic photos of Roses in Pakistan that we’d like to share with you. “These photos are of Christmas at a friend’s farm in Pakistan. So even in Pakistan, you have happy roses. I worked for six years in Karachi/Pakistan. But

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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 everyday items and symbols allowed the Victorians from the upper strata of society, who were taught expressing certain things by word improper, to make grand, intense declarations of

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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! Tell us about your role at ADL I’ve been working at the Academy

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides (generally considered together as ‘pesticides’ or informally as ‘chemicals’) have a long and controversial history. On the one hand, we need them to keep towns and streets pest-free to 21st century standards, and they also have an often-overlooked, vital environmental function in protecting our National Parks from invasive species like Rhododendron.

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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,

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Note – we strongly recommend this be read in conjunction with articles titled 'Self and Cross Pollination' and 'The Importance of Pollination for Top Crop and Fruit Breeders' 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

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

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

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Note – we strongly recommend this be read in conjunction with articles titled 'F1 Hybrids and Other Hybrid Matters'  and 'Self and Cross Pollination' . For top fruit growers and growers of many vegetables, growing the right variety is important because of flowering and pollination times. As well as this, there are several other factors

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

The areas of pollination, self and cross pollination, frequently occur across many topics in horticulture so we thought we'd explain how this works. We recommend reading this in conjunction with 'F1 Hybrids and Other Hybrid Matters' and 'The Importance of Pollination for Top Crop and Fruit Breeders'. What is Pollination? Pollination is said to have

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

Horticulture is one of those subjects that feel counter-intuitive to online learning. The very practical aspect of it makes it seem a bit silly to get a distance learning course to teach you how to pot a plant instead of, say, going to a local college to be taught in person. However, if you've ever

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A Career in Horticulture (General Horticulture)

If you’re sitting the RHS Level 2 exams like me this year, you might be surprised by the amount of botanical names we have to learn. ‘Surely,’ you might think to yourself. ‘Surely I’m not expected to learn ALL of these scientific names!?’ Well, I did some clever math-magic and I’m afraid the answer is,

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