Expert Horticulture Skills for year round gardening

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR177E07/23/1 Short Course

Course Information

Come and develop your horticultural skills in the stunning historical grounds of Kingston Maurward. A friendly hands-on course aimed at the enthusiastic amateur gardener looking to polish their practical skills and gain a better understanding of the key tasks for year-round gardening success.
Suitable for everyone; from gardeners looking to expand their gardening know-how to those planning a horticultural career change.
The course meets every Thursday morning during term time. No exams or tests, just great practical experience.

“Loving it! Learning a lot from the course and really enjoying putting it into practice in the glasshouses, lovely grounds at Kingston Maurward and at home.” From a 22-23 course participant.


  • College Certificate
Course Content
  • The skills you’ll gain are based on the gardening calendar, covering:
    - Garden planning and design principles
    - Pruning for fruit and flower
    - Propagation from seed and cuttings
    - Tree planting and maintenance
    - Vegetable cultivation under protection and outdoor
    - Gardening for wildlife
    - Soil testing, conditioning and improvement
    - Identification of common weeds, pests and diseases

Entry Requirements
  • An interest in practical garden techniques with an enthusiasm to develop better skills.
Next Steps
  • For those who are seeking professional horticultural employment, the College offers a number of Royal Horticultural Society courses.

Career Opportunities
  • This course is aimed at enthusiastic amateur gardeners.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
14-Sep-2023 (Already Started) 20-Jun-2024 9.00 a.m. 12.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Thu 33
Course Fees
Fee (Short Course Full Fee) £850.00

Materials Required

Clothing suitable for working outside and gardening gloves. Robust footwear with non-slip soles. A flask of something hot for cold days, and cool for warm days, we are outside 99% of the time!

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.