The Plant Course

An introduction to plants

This is one of the two core courses for The Plant School and is based at The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, with days at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park. The course aims to give the student a good grounding in plant knowledge and runs one day a month through the academic year. It is ideal for enthusiasts who are committed to learning more about plants. Visiting lecturers talk on their specific subjects and there are practical plant visits. No prior qualifications are required for this course.

The Garden Museum

The Syllabus

The course covers the following subjects over a total of 10 days.

  • Plant identification, plant families and plant naming as stipulated by The Royal Horticultural Society
  • Choosing the right plant for the right place
  • Bulbs, ferns, grasses and alpines
  • Plants for autumn colour and scented plants
  • The winter garden, plant hardiness and climatic zones
  • The best cultivars of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants
  • Plant hunters and plant collecting
  • Root systems and the biological clock
  • Practical sessions on plant flower structure and floral formulae

There is one project which runs over the whole course. This is on a specific topic related to plants and takes up one further day per month. It is assessed and marked and contributes towards the final course marks. In addition there are a series of eight homeworks designed to extend the range and understanding of topics covered during the course. These are assessed and marked and contribute towards the final course marks. They are expected to take between ½ to 1 day each.

Course Dates

The course runs on the following Wednesdays:

2019-2020

Wednesday 11th September 2019, 9th October, 13th November, 4th December, 8th January 2020, 12th February, 11th March, 8th April, 6th May, 10th June.

2020-2021

Wednesday 9th September 2020, 7th October, 11th November, 2nd December, 6th January 2021, 10th February, 10th March, 7th April, 5th May and 9th June.

Certificate

This is one of two certificate courses run by the The Plant School. Students who complete the course work to a satisfactory standard will be considered for the certificate at the end of the course.

Course Fees

The fees for the course are £1395.00 and are payable in full before the beginning of the autumn term. A place is confirmed on the course by sending a non-refundable deposit for £100.00 together with the completed Plant School course application form.

Application Form

The application form for joining this course can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. Please complete the form and return it either by email or post.

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