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Practical Horticulture I

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Practical Horticulture I

Practical Horticulture I course online. Expand your horticultural skills! A course to develop all the practical skills that you learn when working under the supervision of an horticultural expert. The course contains all the tips to develop excellent practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations.


Learning Goals: Practical Horticulture I BHT238

  • Test soils to determine characteristics which would be valuable to management of any given soil in a horticultural situation
  • Identify and sow a range of different types of seeds, in different situations, in a way that will optimise successful propagation
  • Propagate a range of plants using different vegetative propagation techniques
  • Pot up and provide after care for a range of propagated seedlings and cuttings
  • Plant a range of (different types) plant material
  • Maintain the desired growth type and habit for a range of plants
  • Identify a range of horticulturally significant woody plants including: Trees; Shrubs; Ground cover and Conifers
  • Identify a range of horticulturally significant plant problems including pests, diseases and other disorders
  • Identify a range of non woody and indoor plants of horticultural significance
  • Conduct a risk assessment of a horticultural workplace to determine safe working practices and select appropriate personal safety clothing and equipment


Lesson Structure: Practical Horticulture I BHT238

There are 10 lessons:

1  Soil Analysis

  • Soils Analysis: Testing Your Soil,Good Soil Structure
  • Simple Soil Test
  • Naming the Soil: Percolation Rates, Drainage Problems
  • Soil Temperature: How to Improve Soils, Soil pH
  • Methods of Measuring pH
  • Another Way to Measure Organic Matter in Soil
  • Terminology
  • Soil Structure Graph  

2  Seed Propagation (including seed identification)

  • Growing Plants From Seed
  • Flowering annuals 
  • Hygiene 
  • How to Sow Seeds in Containers 
  • Germination
  • Preparation of Seed Beds in the Field
  • Selected Plant Species
  • Seed Propagating Media
  • Terminology

3  Vegetative Propagation

  • The Techniques
  • Classification of Cutting Types
  • Equipment
  • Procedures for Taking Cuttings
  • Types of Cuttings: Stem Cuttings, Softwood Cuttings, Semi-Hardwood Cuttings, Hardwood Cuttings, Variations, Herbaceous Cutting, The Cuttings, Heel Cuttings, Nodel Cutting, Basel Cutting, Cane Cuttings, Leaf Bud Cuttings, Leaf Cuttings, Root Cuttings, Bulb Cuttings
  • Terminology

4  Potting up and After Care of young plants

  • Transplanting Between Pots
  • Stop Roots Growing into the Soil
  • Drainage Holes
  • What is a Perched Water Table
  • Potting up a Plant: There are lots of different situations where potting up is required, Pricking out or tubing seedlings, Setting out Cuttings, Potting a small plant into a larger pot

5  Planting

  • How to Prepare Soil for Planting
  • How to Prepare Soil in a New Garden Bed: Calculating Soil Quantities
  • No-Dig Garden Beds: Container Plants
  • Weeds
  • Problems With Containers
  • How to Maintain Plants in Pots
  • Types of Pots: Plastics, Fibreglass, Pottery and Terracotta, Wood
  • Bare Rooted Plants
  • Staking
  • Planting: Basic Planting Procedure, Fertiliser
  • Hints for Planting: When to Plant? Time of Planting, Plant Variety, Area or Locality
  • Drainage
  • Improving Infiltration of Water into the Soil
  • Improving Surface Drainage After Construction
  • Provision of Sub-Service Drains
  • Layout of Drains 
  • Outlet
  • Gradients
  • Distance Between Drainage Pipes
  • Depth of Drains
  • Types of Drains
  • Laying the Drain
  • Surface Drainage
  • Some Points to Remember When Designing a Drainage System
  • Terminology

6  Maintenance of Established Plants

  • Pruning in the Home Garden: Removing Dead or Diseased Wood, Controlling the Type of Growth, Flower or Vegetative Buds?, Controlling the Plants Shape & Size, Rejuvenating a Plant
  • The Basic Rules of Pruning
  • Getting Pruned
  • Selecting your Secateurs: By-pass secateurs, Anvil secateurs, Parrot-beak secateurs
  • Why are Plants Pruned in Water
  • General Principles
  • How to Do It
  • Pruning Tools
  • Some Example of Winter Pruning: Crepe Myrtles, Hydrangeas, Raspberries, Fuchsia, Kiwi Fruit, Grevilleas, Pollarding
  • Plants That Resond Well to Pruning
  • How to Prune a Rose
  • Clean Out Your Dead Wood
  • Wood Rots
  • Dead Heading
  • Is Annual Pruning Enough
  • What is Compartmentalisation?
  • What About Wound Treatments?
  • Pruning in the Home Orchard: Before Pruning, Points To Consider When Pruning, Pruning Tomatoes, Root  Pruning, How to Trim a Hedge, Training

7  Practical Plant Identification

  • Plant Names
  • What is the Difference Between Families

8  Pest and Disease Identification

  • Pests
  • Diseases
  • Diagnosis of Problems
  • Find Out What The Problem Is
  • Conducting an Inspection
  • Tell-Tale Symptoms: Wilting, Yellow Leaves, Look to see if damage is distributed evenly over the plant, Look to see if damage has only just happened....or is past?
  • Is There More Than One Problem? When you look for a problem, always remember; you might be looking for several answers (not just one).
  • Develop A Sysyematic and Logical Approach to Inspecting the Plant
  • Diagnosis of Plant Disorders
  • What Insect is It?
  • Difficult to Diagnose Problems: Options
  • Integrated Pest Management Systems (i.e. IPMs)
  • Weeds: Weed Identification
  • Common Terms 

9  Weed Identification

  • Choosing the Right Lawn
  • Turf Varieties: Bent Grass, Creeping Bent, Chewings Fescue. Creeping Red Rescue, Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Annual Ryegrass, Couch, South African Couch, Queensland Blue Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo Grass
  • Lawn Mixes
  • What to Grow Where
  • Bulbs: How to Grow Bulbs, Bulbs in subtropical and tropical areas
  • Indoor Plants
  • Potting

10 Risk Assessment

  • Identifying Risk in the Workplace
  • Workplace Policy
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Risk Control Methods
  • Chainsaw Use & Safety
  • Save the Back - Use the Head! Hard Work Solutions: Manually Lifting Objects, How to Lift, Other Ways of Lifting, Using Machines to do the Heavy Work
  • Earthworks
  • A Rotary Hoe
  • A Cat 
  • A Brackhoe
  • A Dozer
  • An Experienced Operator Makes all the Difference
  • Cleaning 
  • Sharpening Tools
  • Secateurs and Branch Pruning Tools
  • Shovels and Spades
  • Saws and Chainsaws
  • Protecting Tools from Rust
  • Maintaining Timber Handles
  • Maintaining Plastic Handles
  • Storage 


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.


Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBHT238
Course PrerequisiteNo,start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Practical Horticulture I
Exam Required?No, start at anytime
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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“I am delighted to report that I passed the exam and received a “Pass with Commendation”. I appreciate very much the detail that you went into, in the correction of my assignments  and I found your advice and extra subject information  invaluable in advancing my interest and knowledge in horticulture”.   Go raibh mile maith agat! (a thousand thanks!) Colin, RHS Cert II, Ireland

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