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Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens
Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens Online Course
The Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens online course will help you learn to survey, analyze and plan sensitive and appropriate renovation of established gardens
This module has been developed and accredited in the UK as an elective in the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.
Restoring old gardens to their former glory is a lot more involved than what most people would realize. If a restoration is to be credible, the landscaper needs to understand the history and determine what is authentic and appropriate for a restoration; before they even start to plan the work that needs to be undertaken.
Despite the complexities and costs involved; there is an ever increasing demand for garden renovation specialists. If you love both gardens and history; this could be an ideal career move for you.
Lesson Structure: Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
There are 8 lessons:
1 Landscape History & Design Styles
- Ancient Mid-Eastern Gardens
- Chinese Gardens
- UK Garden History
- Characteristics of a Formal Garden
- Important English Landscapers
- Spanish Gardens
- Monastery Gardens
- Olmstead (Frederick Law) 1822-1902
- Burle Marx (Roberto (1909-1994)
- Australian Bush Garden
- The World’s First Plant Collectors: Where Were Plants Introduced First? Important Plant Explorers (Pierre Belon, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, Tradescants, Sir Hans Sloane, Sir Joseph Banks, Others)
2 Surveying the Site
- What to Survey
- Measuring Dimensions and Locations
- Levelling Terms
- Levelling Procedure
- Earthworks Calculations: Volumes of Irregular Solids, Using Triangles, Using Horizontal Measurement, Using Horizontal Angles
3 Assessment of Plantings and Features
- Assessing Planting
- Trees: Where Should You Plant a Shade Tree?, When NOT to Retain a Tree
- Assessing Garden Features: What are These Features? What Degrades? What to Look Out For, Concrete and Cement, What is UV Stabilised?, Fasteners
- Water Problems
4 Selecting Components for Retention
- What Should be Restored?
- Why Keep Something?
- Why Discard Something?
- Renovating Areas in a Garden: Dealing with Weeds, Paving, Trees and Shrubs, Garden Beds, Lawns, Ponds, Furniture and Statuary
- Pruning: Clean Out Dead Wood, Wood Rots, Dead Heading, What is Compartmentalisation? What about Wood Treatments?
- Windbreaks: How do Windbreaks Work? Choosing Windbreak Plants
5 Work Programming and Risk Management
- Introduction: Where to Start
- The Procedure: What Order To Work In
- Risks & Work Safety: Safe Work Management Plans
- Risk Assessment of a Landscape Site: Identifying Hazards and Risk, Risk to the Project, Risk to the Workers, The Area(s) and People That May Be At Risk, The Risks, The Consequences of an Event Happening, The Adequacy of Existing Controls, A Rating of the Consequence, Likelihood and Level of Risk, Risk Control Methods
- Examples of a Risk Assessment Procedure: Example 1, Example 2, Example of a Risk Assessment Form, Control Processes in preferred order
- Safety Techniques: Handling Bricks and Pavers, Slippery Surfaces, Manual Lifting, How to Lift, Other Ways to Lift, Using Machines to do the Heavy Work, Rules for using tools, Checklist for Tools and Machines
- Drainage: Water-logging on a Home-site, Symptoms of Poor Drainage Systems, Improving soil drainage capacity, Some other ways of addressing these potential problems, Minimum Grades for Surface Drainage, Solving Drainage Problems
- Creating a Drain Pit
- Drainage Design: What a Landscaper Should Know about Drainage, Sub Surface Drainage, Outlet, Gradients, Distance between Drainage Pipes, Depths of Drains, Types of Drains, Laying the Drain
- Moving Existing Earth: When Moving Existing Soil Take into Account, Settling Soil, Erosion
- Leaks: How to Fix a Leaky Tap, How to Seal a Leaking Pipe, How to Fix a Leaking Pond, Leaky Copper Pipes
7 Hard Landscape Feature Restoration
- Paving: Materials Used in Paving, Selecting Materials, Concrete, Gravel, Asphalt, Coloured Surfaces
- Barriers and Walls: Creating Barriers, Fencing Supports, Concrete Mix
- Maintaining Stone and Brick Walls
- Outdoor Furniture: Choices
- Protecting Outdoor Furniture
- Painting Outdoor Furniture
- Difference Between Paint, Stain and Sealer
- Pond Management
- Oxygenating Plants
8 Planting Restoration and Maintenance
- Improving Existing Plantings
- Trees: Tree Surgery, Trees and Paving
- Old and Overgrown Hedges: Replacing an Old Hedge, Rejuvenating Old and Overgrown Hedges
- Pruning and Rejuvinating Other Plants: Controlling the Plants Shape and Size, Pruning Overgrown Shrubs, Removing Dead or Diseased Wood, Controlling the Type of Growth, Pruning Conifers, Rejuvenation Limitations, Pruning overgrown climbers and wall shrubs, Pruning Roses
- The Basic Rules of Pruning
- Rejuvenating Old Lawns: Top-dressing, Fertilising Lawns, Mowing, Turf Mowers, Mowing Guidelines, Mowing Heights
- Perennials: Secrets of Success, Maintenance Hints, Designing a Perennial Display, Bulbs, Landscaping with Bulbs
- Maintaining Herbaceous Borders: Wild Flower Meadows
- Controlling Weeds: What is a Weed? Types of Weeds, Identifying Weeds, Weed Control, Control of Common Weed Situations, Controlling Weed Spread
- Common Weed Control Methods: Suffocation, Burning, Cultivation, Mowing/Slashing, Flooding, Crowning, Changing pH, Biological Control, Chemical Control
- Controlling Pests and Diseases: Chemical Treatments and their Restricted Use
- Some Pests and Their Control
- Plant Diseases: Types of Pathogens, Morphological Symptoms of Plant Diseases, Disease Lifecycles
- Some Diseases and Their Control
- Plant Viruses – Their Detection and Control
- Using Chemicals: Common Methods of Application, Safe Storage of Chemicals, Safely Mixing Chemicals, Correct Usage of Chemicals, Agitation, Cleaning Up and Disposing of Chemicals, Law in relation to chemical use
Learning Goals: Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
- Outline the history of UK garden design and the influence of plant introductions.
- Evaluate an established ornamental garden in order to determine any particular design style period, or plants of interest.
- Describe basic methods for the survey and recording of the layout and content of an established garden, and explain the importance of detailed information including assessment of site factors.
- Explain processes and the need for assessment and recording of the type, condition and future potential of a range of plantings and features in an ornamental garden.
- Explain the main criteria used to select plantings and features for retention in a restored garden.
- Explain the need and processes of analysis of collected information.
- Prepare a summarised programme for organisation of garden restoration work
- Assess risk and identify safe work practices
- Recognise and explain the visible signs of the failure of old land drainage systems and describe remedial measures
- Describe and explain the practical procedures necessary for the restoration of a range of hard landscape features.
- Explain problems which may be encountered in the improvement of retained hedges, plantings and lawns.
- Describe practical solutions for improving retained hedges, plantings and lawns
- Evaluate the use of modern maintenance techniques in established gardens
Practical (Set Tasks)
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.
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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.,