Introduction to Horticulture


This is a short course providing a comprehensive introduction to horticulture and an ideal starting point for the complete beginner!

If you are considering a career in gardening or horticulture but don’t feel ready for one of the RHS examination courses, this is a good starting point. The course is also a good option for keen amateurs who would simply like to know more about gardening. It provides a gentle introduction to the key principles, with lots of practical ideas that you will be able to use day-to-day in the garden, and is also an excellent foundation for further study.

This course leads to the award of an Edinburgh Garden School Level 1 Certificate in Horticulture and includes about 48 hours of study. Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace.When you become a student you’re assigned an expert personal tutor who you can contact at any time by email and who will work with you throughout your course. A member of our team is also available by instant chat between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days a week, to answer any questions you might have at time to suit you.

Study topics covered include: principles of horticulture; plant propagation; soils and soil cultivation; pests and diseases; and lawn care. Includes all course material, supplementary reading, and full tutorial support from an expert gardener.

A great starting point for students who are new to horticulture or perhaps don’t feel ready for one of the RHS examination courses.

Gina Timson

Accredited Qualification

  • Introduction to Horticulture Certificate from Edinburgh Garden School

Course Outline

Module 1 – Understanding your Garden:  soil type; local conditions; planning your site; caring for garden tools, redesigning your garden.

Module 2 – Introduction to Garden Design: colour, shape and structure; planning garden borders; hard landscaping; assessing your needs; lawn care.

Module 3 – Propagation: growing from seed; seed saving; successful cuttings; growing on.

Module 4 – Soils and Cultivation: understanding your soil; improving your soil; fertilisers and manures; digging techniques.

Module 5 – Growing Your Own Food: planning your vegetable patch; vegetable crops; growing soft fruit successfully; tree fruits; protected growing.

Module 6 – Weeds, Pests and Diseases: weed management; identifying and managing pests and diseases; using pesticides safely; how and when to use biological controls; alternative methods of control.

Book Now – Online Course £195

The first batch of course material will be delivered within 2 hours* and you can then begin working through the material, print it off or save it to your computer. (*7 days a week, between the hours of 5am and 9pm uk time only; at other times we’ll send through your material as soon as we get back to our desks!)

Add Printed Notes

Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.

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