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Scented Plants course online. A thorough approach to growing and using scented plants Learn to identify, grow (propagation and culture), and use different types of scented plants. You will find out how to harvest and dry scented plants, and through practical assignments actually make a whole range of exciting herb crafts (e.g. pot pourri, soaps, candles). Learn also how to landscape a scented garden and expand your knowledge of dozens of different scented plant species.
Lesson Structure: Scented Plants BHT229
There are 8 lessons:
- Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the group, information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.).
- Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest and disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc.
- Methods of propagating this group of plants; creating a scented garden; growing in pots, inside, or in the open ground.
- Using Scented Plants
- Crafts, cooking and other uses; fresh and dried herbs and scented plants.
- The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Roses - how they can be used; Lavender and Gardenias.
- Other Important Scented Plants
- Fragrant natives, boronias, the Lamiaceae family.
- The Lesser Grown Varieties
- Use of lesser known scented plants for craft or cooking.
- Special Assignment
- Students must complete a special assignment on one selected plant or group.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
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.
Learning Goals: Scented Plants BHT229
- Know the plant naming system and the uses of scented plants, indicate the genus, species and variety in a selection of plant scientific names.
- There are many ways you might classify scented plants.
- By plant part -scented flower, scented foliage, scented fruit, scented root, etc.
- By plant group -scented bulbs, scented climbers, scented trees, scented shrubs, etc.
- By type of scent -strong scent, subtle scent, sweet scent, foul scent, etc.
- By use -edible herbs, plants for landscape use, for use in perfumes & cosmetics, etc.
- By plant family -plants which have similar botanical characteristics.
- Identify groups of scented plants according to families and the characteristics of those families
- Many scented plants tend to fall into one of the several particular plant families. By becoming familiar with these families, you will develop a foundation for understanding and identifying scented plants.
- Understand the cultural requirements of a range of scented plants
- Manage the health of Scented Plants
- Prevention is always the best cure. Try to keep the environment friendly to the helpful insects, a healthy soil structure with added compost, and maintain suitable environmental conditions for the plant. If you donât have the right plant in the right place, they tend to struggle more.
- Heat, cold, wind, rain, frost, shade, pollution and other environmental problems can have disastrous effects on plants. Learn how it affects them.
- Harvest and process a range of scented plants.
- Make a range of products and uses from scented plants.
- dried herbs
- cosmetic products
- lavender crafts
- rose crafts
- other scented plant uses.
- Explain harvest and post harvest techniques for the production of scented crops.
- If you are to reap the benefits of quality produce, crops must be handled properly during harvest and post harvest. The various methods for harvesting herbs is mentioned.
- Identify and Cultivate a range of the most commonly grown scented plants
- Many scented plants are also commonly known as herbs however there are many that are not herbs but still have a wonderful scent and should be considered for inclusion in a scented garden
- Compare the cultural requirements of fifteen different scented Australian Native plants.
- Discuss commercial applications of scented plants.
- Many species of scented plants are grown commercially for their:
- Cut flowers, Oils, Foliage, Roots, and Tubers
- Some producers set up to specifically supply commercial growers (i.e. producers of oil or bulk flowers) with tube-stock or grow scented plants for specialist retail nurseries.
- Investigate operation options, faming options. How to do market research
- Plan the creation of a scented garden.
- Make up a list of at least 50 sources of information, about the identification and use of scented plants.
- Obtain one soil sample typical of your local area; name the soil and test the drainage of the soil.
- Obtain (or make up) a potting mix appropriate for growing herbs in.
- Make up a propagating mix, appropriate for striking seed or cuttings in.
- Visit a nursery or garden growing scented plants.
- Obtain any materials which are needed for propagating scented plants by grafting, stem cuttings, root cuttings, aerial layering and seed.
- Harvest and dry parts from at least three different herbs.
- Make the following scented products: pot pourri, a cosmetic product, a herb vinegar, a herb salt and one other craft product.
- Make a bottle of either herb oil.
- Prepare hot and cold herb teas.
- Prepare one edible product, using a part of a scented plant for flavouring.
- Produce one sample of a scented oil, using fresh harvested material from a scented plant.
- Visit a general nursery. Note what herb seeds, and herb plants are commonly available.
- Research the cultural requirements of some (or all) of the following genera: Viola, Viburnum, Lonicera, Jasminum, Daphne and Gardenia. Find information on Magnolias, Lilac,Conifers, Scented Camellias, Citrus, Convallaria (Lily of the Valley), Lilium, Hyacinthus, Forsythia and Michelia.
- Visit a scented garden.
- Visit and analyse the business operations of at least two herb enterprise.
- Design a garden featuring scented plants.
- Compare the commercial potential of three different types of herb enterprises, in your locality (based on the set task).
- Propagate a scented plant
- Prepare 48 plant review sheets of scented plants.
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Scented Plants|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with an exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'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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