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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Learn about garden history and how to manage, plan and develop notable gardens and landscapes.


  • Study the history and development of notable gardens and key individuals who have influenced their deisgn.
  • Learn about the development of notable gardens and landscapes - from the management of these to planning new features.
  • Study protected plant cropping, and understand related factors such as irrigation and environmental control.
  • Start the course at any time and study where and when you want with the support of professional, expert tutors.






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Study garden history and notable gardens by distance learning with this great course.

Garden tourism is a massive growth industry and having a knowledge of garden history and notable gardens can improve your job and career prospects.

The Proficiency Award In Garden History And Notable Gardens is useful for anyone wanting to:–

  • Work within garden tourism.

  • Manage or work in gardens open to the public.

  • Learn more about protected plants.

  • Improve your job and career prospects.

  • Perhaps set up your own business in garden tourism.

  • An essential course for anyone wanting to work in maintaining garden history and notable gardens.

Course Duration

The course requires approximately 500 hours of study. Start at any time to suit you and work at your own pace.

There are 3 Core Modules and an Industry Project to complete the Proficiency Award In Garden History And Notable Gardens. 


Garden History

This is an 8 lesson module which looks at garden history and the nature of garden conservation today.  The module traces the development of private, public and commercial landscapes including key individuals who have had an influence on horticulture.  Different garden histories and cultures are being adapted and applied to modern garden solutions all over the world and the Garden History module includes lessons on these and the role of organisations concerned with the conservation of gardens and landscapes.

Lessons cover –

  1. Introduction
  2. Development of Private Gardens
  3. Development of Public and Commercial Landscapes
  4. Great Gardens and Gardeners of the World
  5. People who influenced gardens
  6. Globalisation of Gardens
  7. Scope and Nature of Modern Garden Conservation
  8. The Role of Organisations in Garden Conservation, such as the RHS, English Heritage and so on

Managing Notable Gardens and Landscapes

This is an 8 lesson module concerned with the management and development of notable gardens and landscapes.  The module includes lessons on planning research and management, consultation and funding processes and the development of new features within existing landscapes.  There are also Problem Based Learning Projects within some of the lessons to allow students to demonstrate how they would apply the knowledge they are developing.

Lessons cover –

  1. The role and formulation of conservation management plans
  2. Consulting public and interested parties, statutory and non-statutory consultees
  3. The role of public and other sources of funding
  4. Planning for renewal of plant features
  5. Developing new features within existing landscapes
  6. Programming repair of new and existing hard landscape features
  7. Creating new gardens and landscapes
  8. Identifying required staff skills
  9. Adapt historic gardens and designed landscapes for modern use

Protected Plant Production
This is a 10 lesson module concerned with protected plant cropping techniques and environmental control.  The student will develop an understanging of elements such as environmental control, irrigation and management of pests and diseases.  The final lesson in the module is a risk assessment for a protected crop, where the student will be able to apply the knowledge gained with this module.

Lessons cover –

  1. Structures For Protected Cropping
  2. Environmental Control
  3. Cladding Materials And Their Properties
  4. Irrigation
  5. Nursery Nutrition
  6. Relationship Between Production Techniques And Horticultural Practices
  7. Horticultural Management In A Greenhouse: Pests And Diseases
  8. Harvest & Post Harvest Technology
  9. Greenhouse Plants
  10. Risk Assessment

Workplace Project
To complete the Proficiency Award, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.  

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependant upon whether or not you currently work within the industry.  Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.

Why Should You Study This Course?

  • Understand more about garden history and managing notable gardens.
  • You will learn more about protected plant production.
  • All in all, this course is excellent for anyone wanting to work or develop their career in the management, maintenance and development of historic gardens and landscapes.
  • You can enrol to start at any time.  So why delay?  Enrol today.






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Meet some of our academics

Dr Lynette Morgan (Horticulture)Lyn worked with Rivendell Mushroom Farm between 1986 and 88; and then as a research assistant and technician for a few years while undertaking university studies. In 1991 she graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Hons) which covered broad horticultural sciences, as well as nursery vegetable and fruit production. Throughout the 90's she worked in both the nursery industry and horticultural crop production, before establishing her own business "Suntec" which has built an exceptional international reputation providing consulting services; particularly in hydroponic crop production. Dr Morgan has a broad expertise in horticulture and crop production, and a keen appreciation of the global scene. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.

Check out our eBooks

Landscaping & Gardening in the ShadeLandscaping and Gardening in the Shade will involve many considerations including buildings, plants and care of plants.
Garden Design Part 1The Garden Design ebook part 1 is an essential handbook for students and landscape professionals. A foundation guide to garden design, this book provides stunning full illustrations to demonstrate tips and examples on garden design, functional uses and aesthetics. Some topics that are covered in this ebook include 1/ Introduction to Garden Design, 2/ Appropriateness of garden design, 3/ Creating an impact, 4/ Designing to a budget, 5/ Choosing plants, 6/ Using the garden, 7/ Where the garden meets the house, 8/ Making the winter garden more comfortable, 9/ Gardens for children, 10/The secure home and garden, 11/ Lighting a garden, 12/ Dealing with shade, 13/ Garden Art, 14/ Pots and planters, 15/ Colour in the garden, 16/ Applications for colour and 17/ Garden furniture.
Garden Design Part 2Part 2 of the Garden Design Series is an inspiring accompaniment to the first book, but works equally well in its own right. The Garden Design Part 2 ebook is ideal for students and landscaping professionals. Brimming with ideas and practical advice for designing a wide variety of different gardens. You will learn about different styles of gardens and how to create a style to suit a site or client. Topics covered in this ebook include 18/ (Continuing on from Garden Design 1) Surfacing ideas, 19/ Garden arches, pergolas & pavilions, 20/ Dealing with confined spaces, 21/ Water gardens, 22/ Using plants in the garden, 23/ Formal gardens, 24/ Natural gardens, 25/ Rainforest gardens, 26/ Coastal gardens, 27/ Cottage gardens, 28/ Late Victorian/Edwardian gardens, 29/ Oriental gardens, 30/ Mediterranean gardens, 31/ Mexican style, 32/ Minimalist landscape design and 33/ Eclectic gardens.
Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.