This course opens the door to the fascinating world of herbs – you will learn how to successfully identify, grow, harvest and preserve them and about their different uses.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
Lesson 1 – The marketplace for herbs; history; and nature of a herb nursery; soil fertility; designing a herb garden
Lesson 2 – Major herb families; naming herbs; collecting seeds; garlic; herb gardens
Lesson 3 – Umbelliferae family; parsley and its commercial importance; pest and disease control; viruses, bacteria, fungi and pests; cumin, anise and caraway
Lesson 4 – Umbelliferae continued; chervil, coriander, dill, fennel, sweet cicely; herb gardens; theme gardens; places to visit; use of terracotta and ironwork
Lesson 5 – Lamiaceae family; the mints; commercial production of mint; pest & disease control mints; weed control
Lesson 6 – Lamiaceae continued; basil, marjoram, oregano, sage; preserving herbs; vinegar and salt as preservatives; biology and chemistry of herbs
Lesson 7 – Lamiaceae continued; rosemary, thyme, summer and winter savory; marketing the products; uses of herbs; herb essence and distillation; plant perfumes
Lesson 8 – Allium family; chives, Welsh onions, pearly onions, bulb onions, rocambole, shallots, ramsoms; protective structures; erecting a polythene tunnel; frames; microclimates; annual tasks in the herb garden
Lesson 9 – Cruciferae family; cress, mustard, horseradish; Zingiberaceae family; cardamom, ginger, turmeric; miscellaneous herbs and spices; tarragon, bay, saffron; sweet and chili peppers; recipes
Lesson 10 – The scented geraniums; lavenders; aromatherapy; herbalism; organisations
Successfully complete this course and you will achieve the HCC Certificate*.
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
Throughout your training, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and:
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
Start Gardening – the Basics and Beyond
The Principles of Gardening
Garden Planting and Layout