Beautiful Gardens

For a gorgeous garden throughout the seasons, you need to plan

Would you like to brighten dark winter days? Does your garden feel flat when summer ends? Suitable for home or professional gardeners, this course explores how to use good planting design to make the most of the seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – and bring colour, shape and interest to a garden all year round. You will learn how to develop a planting design – from preparing a 5 year plan and a budget, to using colour, selecting plants, establishing an order of planting and ongoing maintenance. The course also examines in detail the unique aspects of each season and planting ideas to complement them, such as winter bedding, spring bulbs, annuals and biennials that come into their own in summer, and trees and shrubs bearing berries and fruit in autumn.

  • Gain the planting design know-how to ensure a garden looks spectacular all year round
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for both amateur and professional gardeners
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

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