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Green Walls and Roofs
Green Walls and Roofs 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Green Walls and Roofs course online.
Discover and learn how to develop appropriate and functional roof and vertical gardens, for residential, commercial and public landscapes.
This outstanding online course will help you create the Green Walls and Roofs that you thought where impossible to build.
There are lots of different reasons for creating a vertical garden or roof garden and the way you develop the garden may be affected by the reason you create it.
One reason for developing a roof and/or vertical garden is lack of space in urban areas. Nature can play a positive role in the mental health of town and city dwellers because it relieves the monotony of concrete buildings. Vertically grown plants and roof plants can also help to insulate properties, filter air pollutants, reduce glare and keep homes cool in the summer.
As more and more people live in cities, and high rise living in particular has become commonplace, the impetus to grow gardens has declined and become difficult to do. International studies and reports have shown that green walls and roofs can be a significant factor in reducing greenhouse gases’, so this has caused an environmental challenge.
Covering the walls or roofs of building brings about an opportunity address the challenge by using vertical spaces and roofs effectively by providing growing room for a wide range of plants, opportunities to grow food crops, plus the ability to screen or hide an unattractive view.
Acquire all the skills you need to take full advantage of this important growth area of horticulture with this excellent course. Developed by professional horticulturists and mentored by professional horticulturists, you will get a solid foundation from which to provide a valuable service which helps ease pollution in towns and cities.
Thank you so much for your email. I am delighted I did the course with your organisation and what I have learned is unparalleled.
It even surpassed my expectations. Not only was I taught about roof and walls, but the fact that I had to write 14 plant reviews after every assignment gave me an opportunity to study plants. It was extra value added.
I believe the course was value for money and if I had to do another course online, I would be most delighted to take it at ADL”. Moji A, Certificate in Green Walls and Roofs, UK.
Lesson Structure: Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
There are 9 lessons:
- Scope and Nature of Roof and Vertical Gardens
- Introduction to vertical gardens and roof gardens in horticulture today
- Reasons for Green Walls and Roof Gardens
- Accessibility and Safety
- What Is A Roof Garden?
- What Is A Vertical Garden?
- Pruning Prevents Problems
- Decorative Plant Supports
- Temporary Props
- Types of Installations for Roof Gardens
- Types of Vertical Gardens
- Proprietory Products
- Plant Selection
- Retrofitting a Building
- Construction of Functional and Appropriate Vertical and Roof Gardens
- Engineering considerations involved with the building of vertical and roof gardens
- Selecting appropriate materials and planning the way in which the non-living components of the garden are created
- Building a Green Roof
- Building a Green Wall
- Dealing with Weight
- Construction Materials
- Durability of Materials
- Dealing with Water
- Plants Which Cause Damage
- Components of a Green Roof
- Roof Membranes
- Protection Material Components
- Climbing Plants and Structures for Climbing
- Learn how to select appropriate climbing plants for creating vertical or roof gardens
- Determine strategies to cultivate climbing plants in a variety of different situations
- Climbing adaptations found in plants
- Possible Climbers for Vertical Green Walls and Some Types of Green Roofs
- What Structural Requirements Do Climbers Require?
- Plants on Fences
- Using Trellis in Roof Gardens and on Greenwalls
- Plants Suited to Roof and Vertical Gardens
- Selecting appropriate plants which are tolerant of the adverse growing conditions and have natural adaptations to growing under conditions that are encountered in these gardens
- Possible Plants Suitable for Roof Gardens and Some Types of Vertical Walls
- Hardy Groundcovers
- Adaptations for Other Plants in Roof and Vertical Gardens
- Select and plan the cultivation of plants that lack natural adaptations to growing on roofs or vertical gardens
- Growing Standards
- Dwarfing Rootstocks
- NFT Systems
- Trees and Shrubs
- Low-Growing Australian Native Shrubs
- Other Low-Growing Shrubs
- Vegetables and Fruits
- Container Growing
- Container Growing Techniques
- Raised Beds for Flat Roofs
- Window Boxes
- Epiphyte Plaques
- The Growing Media
- Choosing Plants
- Longevity of Container Plants
- Maintenance – watering, pest control
- Out of Site/Out of Mind
- Light And Shade
- Pot Surfaces
- Water Savers
- Irrigation Requirements
- Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels
- Landscaping – Roof Gardens
- The different types of roof gardens
- Characteristics advantageous in roof garden plants
- Tips for Functional Roof Gardens
- How to Minimize Damage to Your Plants When You Move them
- Thoughts on Balcony Gardens
- Landscaping – Vertical Gardens
- Types of Green Walls
- Types of Walls
- Design Considerations
Please Note: Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
- Discuss the nature and scope of vertical gardens and roof gardens in horticulture today.
- Explain engineering considerations involved with the building of vertical and roof gardens, both on small and large scale projects.
- Select appropriate materials and plan the way in which the non living components of the garden is created, in order to achieve an appropriate and sustainable installation.
- Select appropriate climbing plants for creating vertical or roof gardens, and determine appropriate strategies to cultivate those plants, in a variety if different situations.
- Select appropriate plants for use in vertical or roof gardens, which are tolerant of the adverse growing conditions, having natural adaptations to growing under conditions that are encountered in these gardens.
- Select and plan the cultivation of plants that lack natural adaptations to growing on roofs or vertical gardens; but which are none the less required to grow in these adverse conditions;
- Explain a range of container growing techniques, in a range of different roof and vertical gardens, that may be used with a selection of different types of plants.
- Identify and evaluate problems with vertical and roof gardens, and compare options for solving those problems
- Plan the development of roof gardens for both small and large scale applications.
- Plan the development of vertical gardens for both small and large scale applications.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Susan Stephenson BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983. City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,