Botany for Gardeners Diploma


Botany can be described as the scientific study of plants. It includes the study of their physiology, structure, ecology, genetics, and classification.

Botany is sometimes called plant science, plant biology or phytology.This course provides an indepth exploration of botany from the gardener’s point of view. it is an ideal choice if you would like to learn more about how your plants grow and reproduce (and why they sometimes fail). The course is also a useful supplementary course for students studying horticulture or gardening, and wishing to learn more about the science behind it all.

I chose the course because my RHS Level 2 studies, which I loved, had left me wanting to know much more about the biology of plants.  It didn’t disappoint, fascinating and packed with information. An excellent tutor team too – so knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions.

Cheryl Blake
Botany Student

All tutors are experts in the field of botany and can answer any questions you may have as the course progresses. The course includes 64 hours of study, with 6 modules and 6 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs).

Our training is nationally accredited within the UK. ​


  • Diploma in Botany for Gardeners – Edinburgh Garden School

Course Outline

Module 1 -Introduction to the Plant: plant structure, flower structure and function, the plant and its environment, plant adaptations, plants and water, roots and the soil, mycorrhiza, plant nutrients. Plant classification.

Module 2 – The Leaf and Photosynthesis: leaf structure and photosynthesis, chlorophyll, light and photosynthesis, understanding limiting factors, cells and photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration.

Module 3 – Plant Physiology: stem tissues, transport around the plant, water loss, transpiration, the role of plant hormones, responding to the environment – day length, flowering, leaf fall and dormancy, plant damage at extreme temperatures.

Module 4 – The Plant Cell: structure of the plant cell, nucleus, organelles, cell wall, specialised cells, an introduction to plant cell biochemistry, diffusion, osmosis, plasmolysis.

Module 5 – Propagation: growing from seed, the structure and biology of seeds, understanding seed dormancy, seed vigour, seed storage, respiration and storage, the science of vegetative propagation, cell differentiation, management of cuttings, grafting and budding, micropropagation.

Module 6 – Plant Genetics: an introduction to genetics, adaptation, genes, genomes and mutations, heterozygosity and homozygosity, breeding systems, recombinant DNA.

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 based in the UK and currently enrolled on the course.

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