Diploma in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)
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Diploma in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)
Understand How to Manage Public or Private Gardens.
Learn all about ornamental plants. A 600-hour course that provides initial training for anyone working, or intending to work in ornamental horticulture. The course is designed to teach the basics of how to identify, grow, and maintain ornamental plants and gardens in any climate. Emphasis is placed on the plant varieties which are horticulturally most valuable. Topics covered include garden maintenance, turf care, arboriculture, landscaping, and nursery work.
The Diploma in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture) is a vocationally based course comprising core studies (general horticulture) and stream studies specific to ornamental horticulture.
- You'll learn to develop general and broad based skills in horticultural practices and plant identification.
- Understand and build more specific knowledge in areas of ornamental horticulture including garden maintenance,
- turf care, arboriculture, landscaping and nursery work.
- network and connect with the industry as you progress in your studies study, building contacts and networking skills
The Diploma in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture) involves the following areas of work:
CORE STUDIES - this involves at least 300 hours, divided into 15 lessons, approx. half of the course.
ELECTIVE STUDIES - this involves a further 300 hrs of study going into greater depth in the areas of garden maintenance, nursery practices and landscaping.
CORE STUDIES include:Core Studies
- Introduction to Plants Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids
- Parts of the Plant How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, modification of stems and roots
- Plant Culture – Planting How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous,
evergreen and herbaceous plants
- Plant Culture – Pruning Purpose for pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune
- Plant Culture – Irrigation and Machinery Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system,
designing an irrigation system, selection, use and maintenance of machinery and tools
- Soils & Media Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes
- Soils & Nutrition Fertilisers – deficiencies and toxicities, N:P:K ratios, salting, fertiliser programming, compost
- Propagation – Seeds & Cuttings How to propagate plants by seed and cuttings, propagating mixes,
cold frame construction, after care for young plants
- Propagation – Other Techniques Other methods to increase plant numbers – budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture
- Identification and Use of Plants How are plants used in the landscape, how to choose and purchase plants,
selecting plants suitable for the climate and site
- Identification and Use of Plants Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem sites
- Identification and Use of Plants Indoor and tropical plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns
- Pests Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions
- Diseases Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non-pathogenic problems,
interactions with the host and the environment
- Weeds Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology
This part of the course involves four main areas of study, as follows:
Lesson 1 Introduction to Landscaping
Lesson 2 Landscape Design Procedure
Lesson 3 Landscape Construction A
Lesson 4 Landscape Construction B
2. Plant knowledge
Lesson 5 Plants for Problem Areas
Lesson 6 Flowers, Indoor and Tropical Plants
Lesson 7 Herbs
3. Plant Care
Lesson 8 Different Growing Techniques
Lesson 9 Arboriculture
Lesson 10 Planning Garden Maintenance
Lesson 11 Turf Care
4. Nursery Practices
Lesson 12 Introduction to Nursery Management
Lesson 13 Nursery Stock Production and Quality Control
Lesson 14 Operating a Garden Centre
Lesson 15 Marketing and Management in Ornamental Horticulture
Scope of stream studies:
- Landscape design (including pre-planning and drawing plans).
- Principles and styles of landscape designs.
- Analysis of garden designs.
- Graphic skills, materials and techniques.
- Estimating costs for landscape jobs.
- Surfacing materials and their effects.
- Quality and cost of different landscape materials.
- Plant knowledge, both native and exotic, suitable for local conditions.
- Plant selection for difficult sites and conditions (including treating degraded sites and interior plantscaping).
- Tropical and indoor plants.
- Environmental factors important for indoor plant culture.
- Bulbs, perennials and annuals.
- Planting design for flower beds (annuals and bulbs) suitable for your locality.
- Herb culture and garden design.
- Miscellaneous growing techniques including; bonsai, terrariums, pot culture, baskets and hydroponics.
- Describe the importance of trees to humans.
- Procedures for the proper and safe removal of a limb from a tree.
- Tree problems and their treatment.
- Compartmentalisation, and its effect on the spread of disease in trees.
- Preparing a detailed maintenance program for a garden.
- Seed selection, storage, preparation and spreading (sowing).
- Preparation, planting and establishment of a lawn.
- Establishing turf on a steep slope.
- Turf maintenance techniques.
- Analysis of nursery production systems.
- Preparing a flow chart for the production of a particular plant, from propagation to marketing.
- Preparing a maintenance program for green life in a garden centre.
- Preparing guidelines for the disposal of surplus or below standard stock in a nursery.
- Write an advertisement for a nursery or garden maintenance business.
- Basic management procedures for a single person nursery or garden maintenance business.
- Basic communication skills.
- Health and safety requirements for a nursery or garden maintenance workplace.
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.
|Course Start||Anywhere, anytime.|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Diploma in Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture)|
|UK Course Credits||60 Credit Hours|
|US Course Credit Hours||18 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||Study Support: You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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