The Seasonal Gardener

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR199E07/24/1 Short Course

Course Information

A practical course designed for the budding amateur, taking you through the horticultural calendar season-by-season. Learn how to plan, propagate and plant to provide structure and shape to your garden throughout the year.

Based in the stunning historical grounds of Kingston Maurward, we’ll work on key horticultural projects in the gardens, from restoration to rejuvenation.
Suitable for everyone with a passion for gardening. The course works well as a standalone or as a follow-on from ‘The Essential Gardening Skills’ run on Thursday mornings. If you have an interest in gardening and want to develop your working knowledge of what to do in the garden and when without the pressure of exams, then this is the course for you!
We meet every Wednesday morning during term time. No exams or Latin names to learn, just great practical experience in a wonderful setting.


  • College Certificate
Course Content
  • Working through the calendar, noting down the tasks and the seasonal changes as they happen. The types of tasks we’ll cover include;
    Autumn (Sept-Nov) - Putting the garden to bed.
    -Pruning, division, vegetative propagation, mulching and plant storage
    Winter (Dec-Feb) – Garden planning and preparation.
    -Garden management and planning, designing a new border, growing under protection
    Spring (Mar-May) – Waking the garden up.
    -Seed sowing, hardening off, planting out, pest watch and control
    Summer (June) – Enjoying the garden.
    -Harvesting, tidying, weeding, pruning spring flowering shrubs

Entry Requirements
  • A keen interest in practical garden techniques and working outside in the fresh air.

Next Steps
  • For those who are seeking professional horticultural employment, we offer a number of RHS courses.

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

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
11-Sep-2024 (Only 133 days left to apply) 18-Jun-2025 9:30am 12:30pm
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Wednesday 33
Course Fees
Fee (Short Course Full Fee) £870.00

Materials Required

A gardeners notebook to write down jobs as we do them and refer back to year-on-year.
Clothing suitable for working outside including gardening gloves.
Robust footwear with non-slip soles.
A flask of something hot or cold, depending on weather-we are outside 99% of the time.

What's next?

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