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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Learn about ornamental gardens by home study.

Understand more about the design, layout and construction of ornamental gardens, protected plant production and restoring established ornamental gardens.  


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Study Ornamental Gardening

Ornamental gardens use plants that are chosen for their appearance and pleasure, rather than food production or herbs and so on. They will include flowering plants and bulbs, foliage, shrubs and trees.  This course will provide you with a more detailed understanding of planning and constructing ornamental gardens, restoring established ornamental gardens and protected plant production. 

This is course is useful for -

  • stately home gardeners
  • nursery staff
  • horticultural writers
  • botanical garden staff
  • nature park staff
  • landscapers
  • gardeners
  • anyone wanting to work in and develop ornamental gardens


You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

How the Proficiency Award is Assessed

The Proficiency Award requires 500 hours of study. It is made up of three 100 hour modules and a workplace project.

Core Modules

Planning, Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens

Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens

Protected Plant Production

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass three examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project.  To complete this qualification, 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 dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. 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.


What Next?

Learn more about ornamental gardens, design, layout and care. This course offers a great opportunity for anyone involved in horticulture to develop their skills and understanding of ornamental gardening.

Our tutors are more than happy to help with any questions about the course.  

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