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Horticulture II 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT102
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Horticulture II 100 Hours Certificate Course

Horticulture II course online. Extend your horticultural knowledge though distance learning and home study!

Learn to identify, care for and use plants in a systematic way. Plant knowledge learnt here is in high demand in the horticulture industry.

It is something prized by employers, but all too often minimized in modern courses due to financial constraints.

This expertly developed course is the second of our three general mainstay horticultural courses. Horticulture I provides a broad technical foundation in principles and practice. Horticulture III deals with Plant Health.


Learning Goals: Horticulture II BHT102
  • Identify plants from a wide range of taxonomic and cultural groups, using a range of different techniques
  • Discuss the selection of plants for different uses through consideration of their physiology and their physiological requirements
  • Identify and describe a range of indigenous (native) and naturalised tree and shrub species, from different countries
  • Determine techniques for the growing of exotic ornamental shrubs and trees, including the selection, culture and use of different species
  • Determine techniques for the growing of indoor plants, including selection, culture and use of different varieties
  • Determine techniques for the growing of bedding plants, including selection, culture and use of different varieties
  • Develop techniques for the growing of edible crop plants, including selection, culture and use of vegetables, fruit, berries and nuts (Part A).
  • Develop knowledge of different types of fruit, nuts and berries; their cultivation and harvest
  • Understand the range of herbs and their cultivation and uses
  • Determine appropriate applications for a range of alternative growing methods


Lesson Structure: Horticulture II BHT102

There are 10 lessons:

1  Introduction - The Groups of Plants

  • Plant Names
  • Botanical Keys
  • Principle of Priority
  • Colour Charts
  • Plant Breeders Rights
  • Plant Classification
  • The Lower Plants
  • Amenity Horticulture
  • Classification According to the Way Plants Dispose of Excess Leaves
  • Classification of Plants According to the Type of Leaf

2  Use of Plants

  • Plants in the Landscape
  • Choosing Your Plants
  • Planting Techniques
  • Plant Selection
  • Soil Restrictions on Plant Selection

3  Indigenous (Native) and Naturalised Plants

  • What Conditions Does a Particular Plant Species Need?
  • What Plants Should be Used to Create a Particular Garden Style?
  • Native Plants
  • What are Idigenous Plants?
  • What are Naturalised Plants?
  • Some Native Trees for Planting
  • Tree Report Example
  • Quick Reference Plant Directory

4  Ornamental Plants

  • Rhododendrons and Azaleas
  • Roses
  • Conifers
  • Trees in the Landscape
  • Guide to Shrubs in the Landscape
  • Shrubs for the Garden
  • Environmental Influences on Plant Selection
  • Shrubs Which Withstand Wet Soils
  • Shrubs Which Withstand Very Wet Soils
  • Shrubs Which Grow in Shaded Areas
  • Shrubs Suited to Coastal Areas
  • Shrubs Suited to Cold Areas (Resisting frost and cold winters)
  • Shrubs suited to Warm Climates
  • List of Ornamental Plants

5  Indoor and Tropical Plants

  • Indoor Plants
  • Potting
  • Ferns
  • Classification
  • Landscaping With Ferns
  • Recommended Ferns

6  Bedding Plants

  • Bulbs
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Cut Flowers

7  Vegetables

  • What Can Be Grown?
  • Where to Get Helpful Information
  • Statistics
  • Vegetables
  • Crop Rotation
  • Varieties and Seed
  • Soils
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms

8  Fruits, Berries and Nuts

  • Fruit
  • Berry Fruit
  • Nuts

9  Herbs

  • Introduction
  • Insect Controls and Companion Plants
  • Herb Teas
  • Herb Cultivation
  • Harvesting Herbs
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Making Pot Pourri
  • Quick Reference Herb Chart
  • The Mints
  • Propagating Herbs
  • Landscape Design With Herbs

10 Alternative Growing Techniques

  • Containers
  • Comparing Materials
  • Aesthetics
  • When You Go Away
  • Preventing Moss and Algae in Pots
  • Potting up Plants
  • Potting Mixes
  • Hydroponics
  • Bonsai
  • Greenhouses and Shade Houses
  • Other Growing Techniques


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Yellow rosesSusan 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.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan 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.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

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Course Prerequisite Completion of Horticulture I would be helpful - 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, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. 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 online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
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