The full Diploma covers three years and starts in September but students only need to make an annual commitment of one day per week for 25 weeks plus study tours over the academic year. The course fee for each year is £595.00.
The course is highly successful and most of our students return to complete Years Two and Three.
Course days always start with a discussion of topical tasks for the week, a look at any news articles such as new legislation, plant varieties and appropriate pests and diseases. There is sufficient flexibility in the schedule to allow discussion on any topics or problems which might be relevant to you at the time. Each week we look in detail at a group of specific plants to aid with their identification and cultivation.
We also look at a range of garden plants and techniques by visits to other Gardens in the South West and beyond including study tours which frequently travel abroad.
An Introduction to the Basic Horticultural Skills of Plant Identification, Site Assessment, Cultivations, Planting, Pruning and Propagation
Plant Identification Features, Life Cycles, Classification, Structure, Function, Reproduction and Breeding
Soil Formation, Composition, Structure, pH, Nutrients, Fertilizers, Manures and Management
Propagation Techniques from Seed Sowing, through the Range of Cuttings, Division, Layering, Budding and Grafting with Post Propagation Care
The Process of Design from Customer Consultation, Site Assessment, Measurements, The Production of a Range of Plans through to the Installation of Hard and Soft Landscaping
The Range of Trees, Shrubs, Conifers, Hedging Plants, Climbers and Wall Shrubs and their use in Garden Design
The Range and Use of Herbaceous Perennials, Annuals, Ground Cover Plants, Bulbs, Aquatic and Alpine Plants, Herbs, Turf, Ornamental Grasses and Container Grown Subjects
Control and Identification of Plant Pests, Diseases, Disorders and Weeds with An emphasis on Organic Control Measures and Natural Predators
The Cultivation of the full range of Vegetables, Soft and Top Fruit. The different Techniques and Alternative Growing Methods
Alternative Growing Methods, Companion Planting, Organic Principles, Cultivation, Plant Protection, Organisations and Standards
Conservation History and Legislation, World Biomes, Ecological Principles, Protected Species, Creation and Management of Wildlife Ponds and Woodland Edge, Conservation Programmes and Identification of Native Species
Plants for Winter Interest, Shade and Drought. The use of Mediterranean, Japanese, Prairie and Gravel Gardens and their Plants
Early English Gardens cover the period to 1700 and include Mediaeval, Tudor, Dutch and Early Formal Gardens, gardens from other areas of the world include Chinese, Japanese and American.
The Development of the English Landscape Garden covers the work of Bridgeman, Kent, Vanbrugh, Burlington, Gibbs, Pope and Lancelot Brown.
Eighteenth Century Gardens investigate the Ferme Ornée, Rococo, Gardenesque, Picturesque and Regency Styles.
The More Recent Gardens examines Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Modernist, Plant Collectors and Modern Gardens.
This course includes visits to a range of historic heritage gardens at home and abroad.