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An excellent introduction to the nature and scope of amenity horticulture. Learn the principles, provision, management and establishment of amenity horticulture over the course of seven lessons.   Amenity horticulture has a vital role to play in the future management of the environment. As custodians of both natural and developed landscapes, amenity horticulturists will be increasingly responsible for ensuring the Earth’s resources are used in a responsible and sustainable manner. From amenity horticulturists who work in backyard gardens to those who contribute to the management of national parks covering thousands of hectares, the trend will be to promote and implement strategies that conserve soil, water, air and biodiversity for the benefit of future generations.
  • This course has been developed by professionals in both Australia and the UK, with the aim of being relevant throughout the world.
  • This is a module in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture
     Lesson Structure

    There are 7 lessons in this course:

    1. Nature and Scope of the Amenity Horticulture Industry
      • What is amenity horticulture
      • Arboriculture
      • Landscape industries
      • Parks and gardens
      • Nurseries
      • Turf management
      • Interior plantscaping
      • Floriculture
    2. Global Variations: Nature and Scope of the Amenity Horticulture Industry in Different Countries
      • The changing nature of amenity horticulture
      • PBL project to create and present a plan that identifies and compares global variations in the amenity horticulture industry.
    3. Benefits of Amenity Horticulture
      • Amenity horticulture and society
      • Aesthetic value
      • Health benefits
      • Benefits of gardening
      • Horticultural therapy
      • Kitchen garden programs
      • Community gardens
      • Recreational benefits of public open space
      • Economic benefits
      • Nature based tourism
      • Private land use for recreation
      • Environmental benefits
    4. Amenity Horticulture Management Options
      • Management of amenity sites
      • Management processes: planning, organising controlling, leading, etc
      • The organisational structure
      • Managing natural environments
      • Good and bad management decisions
    5. Influences
      • Legal concerns for amenity horticulture
      • Legal and illegal plants
      • Law and money
      • Land ownership
      • Land planning and planning processes
      • Central place theory
      • Psycho social considerations
      • Environmental concerns
    6. Determining Best Practice
      • Best practice management
      • How is best practice determined
      • Quality systems
      • Managing finance
      • User pays pricing
      • Budgets
      • Managing physical resources
      • Staff management
      • Teams based management
      • Managing workplace safety
      • Risk control
    7. Preparing for the Future
      • Future of Amenity horticulture
      • Ecologically sustainable development
      • PBL project to identify the current impacts on the environment of amenity horticulture operations in your area and suggest ways that ESD will impact on those operations and on the community in the short and long term.

    Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Explain the nature and scope of providing, establishing and managing amenity horticulture sites.




  • Describe the complexity of the amenity horticulture industry
  • Compare the changing complexity of the amenity industry in the UK, your own country (if different to the UK), and at least one other country.
  • Discuss the diverse benefits that amenity horticulture offers to society.
  • Explain processes underlying the natural and manmade environments used to manipulate and control amenity sites effectively within economic and environmental parameters.
  • Identify legal, social, economic and environmental conditions that impact on amenity industry.
  • Demonstrate prudent use of financial and physical resources to manage amenity landscapes.
  • Identify and review the changing complexity of the amenity industry.
The horticulture industry can be divided into two broad sectors: the production sector, which is largely involved with producing food crops, and the amenity sector, which is involved with growing plants for recreational or ornamental purposes. However, these should not be seen as clear-cut divisions. The boundaries defining the two sectors tend to vary from country to country and between horticultural institutions and employers. For example, some horticulturists might view floriculture enterprises or wholesale nurseries as being in the production sector, while others would classify them as amenity industries.
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Learn the concepts and influences on amenity horticulture.

Develop your management skills through a deeper appreciation of the nature and scope of amenity horticulture.

Develop your knowledge of provision, establishment and management of amenity horticulture sites.

A useful qualification for anyone working within amenity horticulture or wanting to.