Please choose 10 of the following 32 lessons:X
Lesson 1 – Hardy herbaceous perennials – part 1. Plant choice. Propagation, pests and diseases.
Lesson 2 – Alpines. Historical background. Landscaping with alpine plants. Propagation.
Lesson 3 – Shrubs and their uses. Deciduous shrubs. A closer study of two plant families.
Lesson 4 – Greenhouse and conservatory plants and choices of greenhouse/glasshouses.
Lesson 5 – Pools and water plants. Water in landscape, siting and water feature. Pools.
Lesson 6 – The old shrub roses. Naming and classification of roses. Botany of the rose.
Lesson 7 – Soil assessment and improvement. Types of soil, drainage, nutrients.
Lesson 8 – Good housekeeping in the garden. Soils and general care. Vegetables.
Lesson 9 – Garden history – part 1. Styles from 16th-17th to 20th century. Post 1945.
Lesson 10 – Garden history – part 2. Greek and Roman gardens to the present day.
Lesson 11 – Front gardens. The nature and historical perspective of the front garden.
Lesson 12 – The genus Primula. Cultivation under glass. Seed and vegetative propagation.
Lesson 13 – Chain saw use, care and maintenance. Health and safety. Trouble shooting.
Lesson 14 – Botanical drawing. Identification. Nomenclature. Plant families.
Lesson 15 – Creating a garden record. Site plan. Environment. Tree records.
Lesson 16 – Advanced tree knowledge. A brief history. Identification and functions of tree.
Lesson 17 – Hardy herbaceous perennials – part 2. Colour schemes. Herbaceous climbers.
Lesson 18 – Succulents and cacti. Growing cacti. Propagation. Pests and diseases of cacti.
Lesson 19 – Growing plants for profit. The marketplace & setting the price. Taxation.
Lesson 20 – Salads. Vegetables for market. Beans, peas, Brassicas, root crops, onions.
Lesson 21 – Creating a garden for the senses. Climate/micro-climate. The acacia.
Lesson 22 – Women in food production in the tropics. Soil. Livestock. Crops.
Lesson 23 – The role of horticulture in training people with acknowledged disabilities.
Lesson 24 – Woodlands, management plan, tree pruning, felling, ropes, health & safety.
Lesson 25 – Soil: type; formation; structure; texture; profile; classification; acidity.
Lesson 26 – Water recycling issues, large scale composting and the use of green manures.
Lesson 27 – The root environment, soil components, horticultural implications.
Lesson 28 – The small garden and container garden.
Lesson 29 – No longer available
Lesson 30 – The design of ornamental gardens. First part of a series of 3 lessons: 30, 31 and 32.
Lesson 31 – Plant selection, establishment and maintenance. Second part of a series of 3 lessons: 30, 31 and 32.
Lesson 32 – Ornamental landscape construction. Third part of a series of 3 lessons: 30, 31 and 32.