All About Plants is a part-time course running one day a week for a year (three terms with 10 weeks a term) and provides an in-depth study of plants and planting design through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, design workshops and plant identification sessions.
The practical side of this course will be based in the 20th Century Garden located in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The content of this course prepares students for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.
The blended learning diploma provides garden design training coupled with an in-depth horticultural knowledge delivered with an extensive coverage of professional practice. Teaching methods are via workshops, online tutorials and self-study allowing students to complete much of the course from home.
In a separate move, Access Irrigation is staging three courses to help landscapers and designers get to grips with everything they might need to know about irrigation systems.
Irrigation for Architects and Landscapers, on 1 December, looks at the fundamentals - types of irrigation, rainwater harvesting, water regulations, specifications and systems for greens and sports turf.
Practical Irrigation, on 6 December, is a one-day course on installing drip and sprinkler systems into domestic and small commercial situations.
Practical Pumps and Panels, on 8 December, looks at all aspects of pump specification, control and maintenance. Multi-wire and decoder control panels and pump starters will also be covered.