Intro to Horticulture

This is a short course providing a gentle introduction to horticulture for the beginner. If you are considering a career in this area or would simply like to know more but do not yet feel ready for the RHS Level 2 course, this is an ideal starting point.

This 6 module course covers a number of key subjects, including garden design and plant propagation, and leads to the award of a Borders UK Level 1 Certificate in Horticulture. Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 6 – 8 months to complete the course, based on 2 – 3 hours study time per week.

Study topics covered include: introduction to horticulture; plant propagation – seeds and cuttings; soils and soil cultivation; pests and diseases; and lawn care. Includes course book, The Complete Gardener, all course material and full tutorial support.

Why Choose Us?

Our tutorial support is second-to-none. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you enrol who will work with you all the way through. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or instant chat.


  • Introduction to Horticulture Certificate

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Course Outline

Course book: The Complete Gardener, Monty Don (Printed course only)

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

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: controlling weeds; identifying pests and diseases, using pesticides safely; biological controls; alternative methods of control.

Borders is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.

Julie Tarrant

Thanks for a great course! Enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks to lovely tutor Faye too. Don’t know what I’m going to do with my evenings now – think I might have to sign up for another!

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