This course has been designed to address requests from past, current and potential HCC learners. Each lesson is intended to ‘open a door’ to reveal more about a specialist topic, and allows you to study to the level you choose. Pick related topics or go for an eclectic mix, what you study is up to you!
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.
Gardening Studies – Beyond the Basics is a 10-lesson study programme – you choose 10 from the following 32 lessons:
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
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: