Residental Garden Planning and Care
Does passing RHS level 2 theory exams mean I am qualified? Or am I only qualified when I pass the practical exams aswell? So I can self study with buying and learning the RHS lvl2 course on here. but what do i do to start with the practical side of things? Thank You!
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You will be qualified after passing the RHS exams. Once you have passed both the Garden Planning and Plant Growth theory principles, you will receive the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture. You can then approach an RHS Centre to take the third practical element, to gain the Level 2 Diploma.
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Hi there, I am interested in going for the RHS Level 2; does it matter which module I start with: Principles Of Garden Planning, Establishment, Maintenance, OR Plant Growth, Propagation, Development? Thank you in advance, Heather.
No, it doesn't matter which you start with, but ADL recommends students start with Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. This is up to the individual student, however.
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Residental Garden Planning and Care
Give your career a kick-start in Horticulture with this Level 4 Certificate Course for Residental Garden Planning and Care.
This is not a competency based course but, a course of study that will help you to develop essential horticultural skills and knowledge valued by employers and is therefore, an excellent starting point for anyone interested in a career in horticulture. It is also suitable for the enthusiastic home gardener.
The Benefit of studying this qualification, is a solid grounding in the principals of horticulture - an essential ingredient necessary for beginning a career in horticulture. Expand and develop your practical skills necessary in the implication of these principles.
Your Tuition Fee includes:
- Course Lessons and extra reading material
- Practical tasks
- Assignments marked with feedback
- Access to past RHS exam papers if required
- Access to learning resources
- Unlimited contact with your own personal Tutor by email or phone – vital to your success
There are no prerequisites required for entry into this course.
How to get qualified:
The course is finalised with a single examination at the end and carries a level 4 certificate qualification, endorsed and issued by TQUK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation. Alternatively, you can use the knowledge you gain from the course, to sit four unit exams from the RHS level 2 programs (exam dates, past papers, exam fees and approved centres available on request).
"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 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 Certificate II , Ireland.
Lesson Structure: Residential Garden Planning and Care:
There are 10 lessons:
- Principles of Garden Design
- Landscape Principles (Unity, Balance, Proportion, Harmony, Contrast, Rythm)
- Design Elements (Line, Form, Mass, Space, Texture, Colour, Tone)
- Landscape Effects
- Colour in Garden Design
- Formal Gardens
- Informal Gardens
- Cottage Gardens
- Minimalist Gardens
- Natural Landscapes
- Oriental Gardens
- Mediterranean Gardens
- Tropical Gardens
- Plant Identification, Culture and Use -Reviewing a range of plants
- Conducting Garden Surveys and Planning
- Appraising a Site and Collecting Data for Planning
- Components of the Pre Planning Phase
- Use of Hard Garden Features and Hard Surfaces
- Scale for Landscape Plans
- Surveying Slope
- Direct Contouring
- The Grid System
- Levelling Terminology and Procedure
- The site Plan
- Concept Plan
- Final Plan
- Other Plans
- Design Procedure
- Landscape Graphics
- Putting Pen to Paper
- Lettering and Graphics
- Use of Hard Landscaping Features
- Hard and Soft Landscaping
- Surfaces in the Garden
- Using Pebbles
- Mulching and Erosion Matting
- Barriers and Walls
- Types of Fencing
- Garden Structures
- Garden Art, Features and Furnishings
- Pools, Ponds and Water Gardens
- Environmental Sustainability
- Use of Soft Garden Features
- Choosing Plants
- Purchasing Plants
- Trees in the Landscape (Deciduous, Semi Deciduous, Evergreen)
- Perennials and Herbs
- Types of Herb Gardens
- Wildflower Meadows
- Perennial Displays
- Flower Bed Design
- Cottage Gardens
- Scented Plants
- Climbers and Growing plants on Trellis
- Lawns and Turf varieties
- Plant Establishment and Maintenance
- Plants in the Landscape
- Plant Selection
- Environmental Factors
- Improving Environmental Conditions
- Selecting the Right Plant
- Which Plant to Buy
- Understanding Soils and Fertility
- Plant Nutrition
- Preparing a Garden
- Transplanting Techniques
- Fertilising and Staking
- Planting Bare Rooted Plants
- Time of Planting
- Planting Mistakes to Avoid
- Gardening in Dry Areas
- Colourful Year Round Foliage
- Establishing Annual and Herbaceous Plants
- Selecting Herbaceous Plants and Bulbs
- Dividing and Separating Perennials
- Herbaceous Borders
- Maximising Flower Displays
- Selecting Woody Plants
- Trees and Tree Health
- Selecting Flowering Shrubs
- Water Plants and Pond Management
- Plant Health
- Weed Management
- What, Where and Why Prune
- Removing Dead and Diseased Wood
- Controlling Type of Growth
- Distinguishing between Bud Types
- Controlling Shape and Size
- Pruning to Rejuvinate a Plant
- Winter Pruning
- How to Prune
- Pruning Different Specific Plant Genera
- Dead Heading
- Tree Pruning
- Stopping, Disbudding, Root Pruning, Dead heading etc.
- Lawns; Establishment and Maintenance
- Turf Establishment
- Soil Preparation
- Seeding, Stolonising, Sodding, Sprigging, Plugging
- Mowers and Mowing Turf
- Fertilising Turf
- Renovation: aeration, scarification, top dressing etc
- Outdoor Food Production; Vegetables
- Introduction to Growing Outdoor Food Crops
- Growing Techniques for Vegetables
- Planning a Crop
- Starting a Vegetable Garden
- Managing the Crop (Weed Control, Pests, Water etc)
- Special Techniques: No Dig, Green Manure, Cover Crops, Compost etc)
- Sustainable Cultivation Techniques
- Planting Techniques
- Review of major Vegetable Crops
- Managing Water and Irrigation
- Outdoor Food Production; Fruit
- Choosing a Site and Establishing an Orchard
- Location, Climate, Rainfall and other Site Considerations
- Deciding what to Grow
- Scope of Fruit Growing
- Pest and Disease Management on Fruit -Chemical and Non Chemical
- Environmental Problems and their Management
- Pruning Fruit Trees
- Review of Sigificant types of Fruits, Berries and Citrus
- Developing a Production Plan
- Protected Cultivation
- Introduction to Protected Growing
- Types of Growing Structures
- Factors Affecting Light Transmission in Growing Structures
- Management of Greenhouses: Benches, Hygeine, Watering, Temperature Control etc
- Shade Houses
- Computerised Environmental Control
- Heating Systems
- Controlling Light
- Irrigation & Nutrition Control
- Feeding Plants
- Pest and Disease Control in Greenhouses
- Containers for Growing in
- Potting Media
- Indoor Plants and their Management
Learning Goals: Residential Garden Planning and Care:
- Develop an understanding of: design principles and how to apply them; basic surveying; garden features, plant selection; garden planning.
- Develop an understanding of plant selection, establishment and maintenance of a range of ornamental plants and lawns.
- Develop an understanding of basic cultural operations and production methods for outdoor vegetable and fruit crops.
- Develop an understanding of: environmental controls, uses and appropriate applications of greenhouses and other protected plant growing structures; the production of a range of plants in protected structures and the care of plants in the house and conservatory.
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.
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 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.
Should you wish to know more, please see Academy for Distance Learning - https://adlonlinecourses.com/rhs-l2-garden-planning-establishment-maintenance-vht039 - Take control of your future!
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Residential Garden Planning and Care|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|Study Support||Unlimited support by tutors who are professional horticulturists experienced in preparing students for the RHS examinations.|
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