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Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT213
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( Craig Sultmann, 22/02/2017 ) Q:

I am the director of a small horticultural company in Australia. We have a production Nursery & a Garden Centre and a rapidly growing online business.I would be interested in using your diploma and will be signing one of our newly graduated apprentices to the Garden Centre Management (BHT213) course as a trial to see if your course is what we are expecting. Unfortunately the courses that are available in Australia are not adequate for needs. I would like to see the course material to determine weather or not to proceed, I am specifically interested in Lesson 4 Display & Display Techniques Lesson 11 Marketing Lesson 12 Management. I understand this is probably a strange request but i have a number of people to put through at the diploma level, and need to ascertain what we are paying for. I am happy to make an installment. as soon as we get the material. I hope this is not to much to ask. Thanks Craig Sultmann Gardenwize Westside Nurseries

( 22/02/2017 ) A:

Hello Craig and thank you for getting in touch with us.

We would like to suggest that you enrol your apprentice on the course, so that he or she can work through it to see how they get on. If after 10 days, you are not satisfied with the quality of the learning we will refund the complete fee that you pay. During this time, he or she will get unlimited tutor support and 10 days should be enough time to get a good idea of what our courses will do for your staff.

Unfortunately just reading the lessons will not give you a full picture of how a course works. Lessons begin with a set aim plus background reading of the notes that provide a foundation for each lesson. After the reading, your apprentice will undertake a set task that may include further research, networking, problem solving, or looking at things from different perspectives, all the while continually reinforcing and strengthening what they have read in the background notes. At the end of each lesson, he or she will submit a written assignment, which is marked and graded by the tutor and then sent back to with constructive criticism and comments. Once all the lessons and assignments have been completed, there will be one final one-and-a-half hour exam, taken at a time and place of your choosing.

The course aims to give an education that will serve for life; it is not designed to be a "fast track" qualification where students study, pass an exam and then forget what they learnt. It will not only present them with information, but also guide them through a series of experiences that will improve their ability to understand, communicate, solve problems and continue expanding their knowledge and skills within the discipline they study. Reading alone will not achieve this.

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Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management 100 Hours Certificate Course

Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management course online. Achieve excellence in your garden centre! Designed in conjunction with the state garden department manager of a major retail chain store; this course has been very successful in training both staff and managers of retail nurseries and garden centres across the world. It was thoroughly updated recently by horticultural professionals in both Australia and the U.K. to be relevant to countries around the world.

Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Centre managers need a varied skills set and this course will help you to gain some of the necessary knowledge required. Other attributes you will need to successfully manage a centre include:

  • Being able to motivate staff
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • A working knowledge of horticulture
  • Sales Management skills
  • Horticultural Marketing skills

Why not take the time to view our Diploma in Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management? It has a number of suggested courses that should help you to become an excellent manager in the industry. You can either take this course and then add others to work your way up to the Diploma, or take the Diploma from the start and save 25% on the normal course fee, by paying upfront.


Learning Goals:   Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management BHT213
  • Summarise the nursery industry; explain the plant naming system and how plants are identified.
  • Describe a range of plant health problems and their treatments.
  • Outline the importance of maintaining healthy stock and its relationship to maintaining a profitable
  • business.
  • Explain various display techniques and be able to set up an attractive garden centre display.
  • Describe a range of garden products sold through garden centres.
  • Outline a diverse range of garden products sold in garden centres.
  • Outline a range of plants suited to growing indoors.
  • Outline the diversity of plants sold as container stock and their requirements for healthy growth.
  • Outline a range of specialist plants and their potential to improve sales.
  • Describe methods of presention and care for bare-rooted stock and seeds
  • Outline the importance of marketing and various marketing techniques
  • Explain management procedures required to run a successful business


Lesson Structure:   Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management

There are 12 lessons:

1  Plant Identification

  • Introduction
  • Horticulture - A Variable Science
  • Common Names
  • Scientific Names
  • Levels of Division
  • Botanical Families of Gernera
  • The Lower plants
  • Soils and Nutrition
  • Types of Nuseries
  • Produce: Grow on or sell?
  • Retail Nurseries and Garden Centres

2  Plant Health

  • Nutrition and Fertilisers
  • The Nutrient Elements
  • Major Elements
  • Minor Elements
  • Indicators of Common Deficiency and Toxicity
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Law in Relation to Chemical Use
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Plant Viruses: Their Detection and Diagnosis
  • Virus Control
  • Bugs

3  Stock Maintenance and Quality Control

  • Managing Plants in Retail Nurseries
  • Plant Breeders' Rights and Trademarks
  • Holding Stock
  • Holding Dormant Plants
  • Clearing Surplus Stock
  • Quarantine Issues When Selecting Stock
  • How to Conduct a Plant Inspection
  • Diagnosis of Plant Disorders
  • Common Environmental Problems
  • Watering
  • Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels
  • Nursery Irrigation
  • Automatic Systems
  • Pruning
  • Exercise: Nursery Inspection Sheet

4  Display and Display Techniques

  • Introduction
  • Fixture and Fittings
  • Designing Facilities in the Nursery
  • Spacing
  • Shop Layout
  • Merchandising
  • Stock for a Retail Florist

5  Garden Product Knowledge 1

  • Plant Containers:
  • Problems with Containers:
  • Soil Mixes
  • How to Maintain Plants in Pots
  • Types of Pots
  • Advising Customers Where to Place Pot Plants in a Home Garden
  • Plants for Pots
  • Plant Labels
  • Watering Equipment
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Pavers, Stone and Gravel
  • Selecting Materials
  • Gravel
  • How to Select Coloured Surfaces
  • Monotone or Multi tone

6  Garden Product Knowledge 2

  • Basket Plants
  • Minature Gardens
  • Fertilisers
  • Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Pesticide Chemicals Outlined
  • Safety Procedures When Using Agricultural Chemicals
  • Chemical Contamination and Nurseries

7  Indoor Plants

  • Introduction
  • The main reasons indoor plants die
  • Over-Watering Indoor Plants
  • Potting Indoor Plants
  • Bonsai
  • Indoor Palms
  • Palm Genera Suited to Growing Inddors
  • Ferns as Indoor Plants
  • Other Commonly Grown Foliage Plants

8  Container Stock

  • Some Main Choices
  • Container Stock
  • Rhododendrons and Azaleas
  • Ferns
  • Roses
  • Herbs
  • Lavender
  • Planting

9  Seedlings, Bulbs, Herbs, Perennials

  • Some of the More Popular Annuals
  • Bulb and Other Storage Organ Plants
  • Perennials
  • Popular Perennials
  • Scented Garden Plants
  • Ornamental Grasses for Year Round Effect
  • Cultivation of Herbs
  • Poisonous Plants

10 Seeds, Deciduous Trees, Fruit Etc.

  • Introduction
  • Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Winter Chilling Requirements
  • How to Grow Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Pollination Requirements
  • Nut Growing
  • Vines
  • Citrus
  • Berries
  • Hybrid Seed
  • Turf Seed Varieties and Mixes

11 Marketing

  • Marketing Retail Nurseries
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Products and Services
  • Sales Technique
  • After Sales Service
  • Merchandising Suggestions for Successful Promotions
  • Merchandising Suggestions
  • Promotions and Customer Relations
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Customer Relations
  • Legal Imnplications of Marketing
  • Consumer Laws
  • Deciding on the Type of Business

12 Management

  • Introduction
  • Planning
  • Example of a Business Plan
  • Work Sceduling
  • Recruiting and Motivating Employees
  • Training Staff
  • Styles of Supervision
  • Giving Directives and Introducing Change
  • Giving Orders
  • Employee Productivity


  • Read the supplied course material.
  • Undertake simple and relevant practical tasks.
  • Submit written assignments at the completion of each lesson.
  • Prepare 72 plant review worksheets.
  • Research and analyse the operation of garden centres and nurseries.


Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesAs you will see on our Testimonials page, previous students have used their qualification from us to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience. We can approach up to three universities on your behalf with details of our course before you enrol, so you will know whether it will be accepted as part of their application process. Please complete our contact form and we will begin the process.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
How Can I Enrol?Online by selecting your study option, learning materials, plus payment option and then clicking the Enrol Now button - By contacting us for an application form - By telephoning us on 01227 789 649 (International: 0044 1227 789 649). Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
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