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Horticultural Resource Management

Horticultural Resourse Management course online. Understand and manage a horticultural business or enterprise. Help your business thrive with this home study resource management course! Resource management for successful horticulture businesses. Planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture includes such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. The course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.


Learning Goals: Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
  • Compare the organisational structure of different horticultural enterprises.
  • Determine the value of a business plan to a specific horticultural business.
  • Determine the significance of consumer law to a specified horticultural business.
  • Determine the duties of different supervisors, in a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Describe how a budget is applied to managing a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Determine the criteria for selecting staff to work in an horticultural enterprise.
  • Explain the system for controlling the collection of royalties on a plant which is covered by plant variety rights.
  • Monitor and recommend improvements to a specified work task in a horticultural enterprise.


Lesson Structure:Horticultural Resource Management BHT203

There are 10 lessons:

1  Horticultural Business Structures

  • Introduction
  • The Legal Structure of Business
  • Business Names
  • Points to Watch
  • Marketing Guide

2  Management Theories and Procedures

  • The Role of Management
  • Planning

3  Horticulture & The Law

  • Quality Management Systems
  • Legislation of Small Businesses
  • The Law & Business
  • Protection of Consumers
  • Stamp Duty

4  Supervision

  • Managing Staff
  • Interviewing, Recruitment & Staff Induction
  • Interviewing Prospective Staff
  • The Induction Process
  • Staff Training
  • Visual Aid Resources for Induction and Training
  • Job Descriptions

5  Financial Management

  • The Role of the Supervisor
  • Supervision
  • Communication with Employees
  • Communication Barriers
  • Improving Leadership Skills

6  Staff Management

  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Budgets
  • Financial Assistance
  • Taxation
  • Billing
  • Costing Jobs in the Landscape Industry
  • Summary of Market for Landscape Services
  • The Cost of Employing Labour
  • Two Ways to Being in Business: Start to Buy
  • Starting Compared to Buying

7  Improving Plant Varieties

  • Where Cultivars Come From
  • Plant Variety Rights (PVR)
  • Owning Plant Names
  • Genetics & Plant Breeding

8  Productivity and Risk

  • Improving Productivity
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Planning Time
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Insuring the Business

9  Managing Physical Resources

  • Managing Physical Resources
  • Using Flow Charts to Improve Productivity
  • Records
  • What Sorts of Records do you Need to Keep?
  • Record Keeping
  • Keeping Records of your Business Activities

10 Developing an Horticultural Business Plan

  • Developing a Business
  • Manage your Growth
  • Example of a Business Plan for a Nursery
  • Marketing Guide for Gardening and Landscaping Businesses


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson . Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of these excellent teachers. Here are their credentials:

Susan Stephenson
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.



Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;



Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.


Excerpt From The Course


The key to success of any organisation is good management. Management aims to exercise control; and
there are many methods used to achieve control, just as there are many different things which need to be

It is important for management to have a workforce that is motivated towards achieving the organisation’s
objectives. To this end, financial reward (from income) is obviously very important for motivating workers,
but so too, are job satisfaction and job security.

Job satisfaction can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Improving the work environment – this may include restructuring the organization.
  • Job design – matching jobs to people’s skills, so that the right people are doing the jobs they are trained to do.
  • Job enrichment – making jobs more interesting and challenging, without being so difficult that the employees are struggling to do them.
  • Staff training – to improve the company’s productivity and to give employees better skills for future employment.
  • Improving leadership style.
  • Staff participation in the decision-making processes.
  • Recognition of achievements by individuals and groups in the workplace.

Many companies are looking to new ways to manage staff, some of which are based on successful Japanese management techniques. The concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality
Assurance Teams and Team Work are increasingly being adopted in Western countries. They operate on a ‘bottom up’ style of management, where initiatives are allowed to emerge from the lower levels of
the organization.

Different managers/supervisors will lead their subordinates in different ways. Here are just a few of the
different styles which might be adopted by a supervisor:

  • Domineering: “I am the boss and you do what I say or else!”
  • Laissez-faire: “Let’s just roll along, do a reasonable job and don't rock the boat.”
  • Democratic: “Let's work together and make decisions together.”
  • Autocratic but humanistic: “I give the orders, but suggestions are welcome.”

There are of course many other different ways of classifying leadership types.


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  • Changing management practices over time
  • Scope of management
  • Ineffective management 
  • Health management – mental & physical
  • Finances
  • Making decisions
  • Meetings
  • Maintaining focus and control
  • Managing conflict
  • How much control?
  • Getting the right staff
  • Maintaining the workforce
  • Giving staff feedback
  • What is the right thing to do?
  • Productivity/efficiency/risks
  • Improve the staff you already have
  • How important is studying?
  • Types of management roles


Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBHT203
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Horticultural Resource Management
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'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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