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Practical Horticulture II 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £340.00Course Code: BHT323 CLD
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Practical Horticulture II 100 Hours Certificate Course

Practical Horticulture II 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 II BHT323
  • Identify a range of horticultural materials and equipment and sundries
  • Specify assessments necessary to perform horticultural operations, and carry out calculations for these assessments
  • Assess horticultural situations for risks and hazards, and demonstrate methods and procedures to minimise risk
  • Assess the state of repair of a powered implement and carry out routine maintenance or calibration
  • Organise the propagation of a range of plants
  • Carry out routine maintenance on a variety of hard landscape features
  • Demonstrate and determine the routine maintenance and future management for production and amenity situations of a variety of soft landscape features
  • Identify a range of seeds and plants
  • Identify a range of weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders, and state methods of their prevention and control
  • Identify plant tissues and state their functions
  • Carry out a planning exercise to determine future management of a given area of plants, and all hard or soft landscape features


Lesson Structure: Practical Horticulture II BHT323

There are 11 lessons:

1  Materials and Equipment

  • Power Tools: Types of Power Tools, Buying Power Tools, Hedge Trimmers, Lawn-edger
  • Other Common Horticultural Power Tools: Mowers, Brushcutters/Trimmers, Mulchers, Rotary Hoes/Rotovators, Tractors, Chain Saws
  • Petrol or Electric
  • Lawn Aerators
  • Hand Tools
  • Nursery Tools and Equipment
  • Deciding what is good to buy
  • Manual Potting Equipment
  • Additional Potting Equipment for Larger Nurseries
  • Miscellaneous Ancillary Equipment
  • Materials
  • Hard Landscaping Material
  • Pavers, Stone and Gravel
  • Paving
  • Selecting Materials
  • Fences
  • Associated Hard Landscaping Materials
  • Statues, Sundials and Figurines
  • What Materials?
  • Lighting
  • Main Types of Lighting
  • Urns, Pots and Tubs
  • Statues
  • Sculpture
  • Water
  • Soft Landscaping Materials
  • Conservation Issues Associated With Some Soft Landscaping Materials
  • Horticultural Planning
  • Example of Planning: Conserving a Heritage Garden

2  Horticultural Calculations

  • Horticulture Mensuration
  • Calculating Areas and Volumes
  • Measuring and Calculating Soil Properties
  • Understanding Soil Analysis
  • Soil Sampling
  • Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth
  • Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth
  • Soil Structural Decline
  • Porosity and How it Relates to Plant Growth
  • Soil Fertility
  • Tissue Analysis
  • Soil and Water
  • When to Irrigate
  • Types of Soil Moisture
  • Measuring Water Available to Plants
  • Rooting Depths of Selected Plants
  • Estimating Water
  • Deciding When, What and How to Test
  • Heat Loss from Protected Structures

3  Practical Risk Management

  • Work Safety
  • Assessing Sites and Operations for Risk
  • Example of How to Assess a Site For Risk
  • Audit Forms/Checklists
  • Example of an Audit Checklist
  • Using Tools
  • How to Manually Handle Objects in a Nursery
  • Safety Procedures When Using Agricultural Chemicals

4  Machinery and Equipment Assessment and Maintenance

  • General Maintenance of Tools and Equipment
  • 2 Stroke and 4 Stroke Engines
  • Chainsaws
  • Mowers
  • Hedge Trimmers
  • Manual Sprayers
  • Maintenance of Watering Systems

5  Propagation Management

  • Propagation: Media, Facilities and Locations
  • Conductivity
  • Salinity Build Up
  • Types of Media
  • Nursery Irrigation
  • Sexual Propagation
  • Asexual Propagation (Vegetative Propagation)
  • Budding
  • Whip and Tongue Craft
  • Tips
  • Efficiencies in Cutting Production
  • Practical Exercise
  • Propagation Aftercare
  • Operational Flow Charts

6  Hard Landscape Maintenance

  • Protecting Outdoor Furniture
  • Painting Outdoor Surfaces
  • Pond Management
  • Oxygenating Plants
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance of Play Areas
  • Maintaining Stone and Brick Walls

7  Soft Landscape Maintenance

  • Why Prune?
  • Pruning Evergreens
  • General Pruning Techniques for Ornamental Flowering Shrubs and Trees
  • Timing Pruning
  • Stopping
  • Disbudding
  • Thinning
  • Pruning Lemon Trees
  • Pruning Perennials
  • Supporting Trees
  • Tying Trees
  • Mulch
  • How to Aerate, Scarify, Top Dress and Fertilise a Lawn
  • Fertilisers
  • Minor Elements
  • Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
  • Determine Harvesting, Grading and Packing Procedure of Crops
  • Post Harvest Treatment of Crops
  • Environmental Control of a Protected Plant Production System
  • Terminology

8  Practical Plant Identification Techniques

  • Flower Structure
  • The Flower
  • Fruits
  • Botanical Keys
  • Key to Lamiaceae
  • Leaf Structure and Arrangement
  • Terminology

9  Pest, Disease and Weed Control

  • Weeds and Steps in Controlling Them
  • Pesticides
  • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
  • The Main Ways of Controlling Pests or Disease
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Plant Viruses: Detection and Diagnosis
  • Pests
  • Birds
  • Bugs
  • Caterpillars
  • Leafhoppers
  • Leaf Miner
  • Mealy Bug
  • Millipedes
  • Mites Including Red Spider Mite
  • Nematodes
  • Scale Insects
  • Slugs and Snails
  • Thrip
  • Whitefly
  • Environmental Problems
  • Definition of Pesticide Terms

10 Identifying Plant Tissues

  • Plant Cells
  • Plant Tissues
  • Stems
  • Root Systems
  • Leaves

11 Planning - Identifying Needs for Management of Horticultural Sites

  • Pre-planning
  • Managing Risk
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Work Scheduling
  • Project Component Estimate Form
  • Planning a Nursery Operation
  • Nursery Standards
  • Budget
  • Production Systems
  • Production Plan
  • Production Methods
  • Comparison of Container Versus In-Ground Nursery Production
  • Efficiencies in Cutting Production
  • Practical Exercise
  • Developing a Nursery Stock List
  • Nursery Stock List Worksheet Exercise
  • Quarantine Issues When Selecting Stock


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 Roses Susan Stephenson Horticulture TutorSusan 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 Horticulture 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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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.
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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.
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Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
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