Conifers 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Conifers 100 Hours Certificate Course
Conifers course online. Develop a detailed understanding of conifers! Eight lessons provide you with a systematic understanding of the way conifers are classified, show you how to identify the differences between types and develop your understanding of cultural requirements common to the whole group and differences in cultural techniques needed for specific types of conifers. Sections of this course look in detail at trees (e.g. Pines, Spruce), small shrubs, medium shrubs, native conifers and rarer varieties.
Lesson Structure: Conifers BHT230
There are 9 lessons:
- Review the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the conifer plant group, information contacts you can use (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc).
- Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, propagation, etc.
- Conifers that reach tree proportions, their characteristics and requirements, how to grow conifers by seed propagation and grafting techniques.
- Common Medium Size Shrubs
- Many conifers fall into this height category. Some of the popular conifers are Chamaecyparis, Juniperus and Thuja. How to prune conifers.
- Small Shrubs
- How to choose small and prostrate conifers and their care. How to care for seedlings up to planting out stage.
- Australian Native Conifers
- Araucaria, Callitris, Podocarpus are three good conifers for use. The importance of environmental zones in Australia and how it can effect plant growth.
- Rarer Conifers
- Hemlocks, Podocarpus, Larches and leaf characteristcs of Cephalataxus.
- Using Conifers
- As timber, oils, edible seed, christmas trees, etc.
- Landscaping with Conifers
- Developed in conjunction with the Rural Industries Industry Training Board in Queensland and accredited from 1995-2000 as an Advanced Diploma Module. Notes are continually upgraded to maintain relevance to current and future needs.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
Learning Goals: Conifers BHT230
- Distinguish between different types of conifers in cultivation, including twenty-five different genera and fifty different varieties.
- Specify the general cultural requirements of different conifer genera.
- Determine specific cultural requirements for some commonly cultivated conifer species.
- Specify specific cultural requirements for some lesser grown conifers, including Australian native and uncommon species.
- Determine different commercial applications for conifers in horticulture.
- Prepare a planting design using conifers.
- Describe the binomial system used for naming plants, using examples of two conifers.
- Distinguish, using labelled illustrations, between different conifer families, including: Pinaceae, Taxodiaceae, Cupressaceae, Podocarpaceae, Araucariaceae and Taxaceae.
- Use a botanical key to identify two different conifer genera.
- Compile a resource information guide for conifers, including scope of operation and contact information (ie: address, phone, fax), for 30 different contacts, including:
- product suppliers
- other organisations
- Prepare reviews of fifty conifers, not collected elsewhere, each including:
- a photo, drawing or pressed specimen
- plant names (scientific and common)
- cultural details
- Propagate five different conifers, using at least three different techniques.
- Determine the preferred soil requirements, for typical conifers, in your locality.
- Prepare a potting media suitable for container growing an advanced conifer, in a tub.
- Explain the planting requirements which are common to most conifers in your locality.
- Explain irrigation techniques appropriate for conifer culture, in your locality.
- Explain the nutrition requirements of two different conifer species, from different families.
- Explain five health problems common to conifers, including identifying features, significance to the plant, and control.
- Describe how to prune two different conifer species, in your locality.
- Determine two routine cultural procedures, to be undertaken in each month of the year, with conifers in your locality.
- Describe ten conifer species, growing in a specified locality, including:
- plant description
- preferred habitat
- growing requirements
- Compare the cultural requirements of ten commonly grown conifer species.
- Explain why it is often difficult to grow other plants beneath the canopy of conifers.
- Determine procedures for successfully establishing two specified conifer species on a specific site which you survey.
- Determine any native conifers endemic to your locality or nearby localities.
- Describe the different features of six specific native conifer species, including:
- plant description
- natural habitat
- growing requirements
- Describe different features of five specified uncommonly grown conifer cultivars, including:
- foliage colour
- foliage shape
- preferred site
- Determine two different "non standard" propagation techniques, that may be successful in propagating "rare" and uncommonly cultivated conifer species.
- Formulate a schedule of cultural tasks to be undertaken over a twelve month period, to establish new plantings of a conifer species not commonly grown in your locality.
- Determine ten conifer varieties, including at least five different species, suitable for pot culture.
- Determine five conifer varieties suitable for hedging.
- Compare cultural techniques required for growing two specified conifers in containers with growing them in the ground.
- Describe the culture of conifers in different situations, including:
- as topiary
- as bonsai
- as a hedge
- as a rockery planting
- as screening
- Determine conifer species which have commercial value as a plantation crop, including:
- essential oils
- foliage/filler for florists
- Evaluate the use of conifers, in a garden with both conifers and flowering plants, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Evaluate the use of conifers, in a garden which is either all, or predominantly conifers, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Design a conifer garden bed of thirty square meters, which incorporates at least ten different conifer varieties, and satisfies both aesthetic and cultural requirements of a specified site, that you survey.
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