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Learn about managing, planning and developing 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.
  • Reduced course price
  • Free - 6 ACS eBooks when you enrol!



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Learn about garden history and notable gardens by distance learning.

A 500 hour course studying garden history and notable gardens.

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.

  • Now available at a special offer price AND get six free eBooks when you enrol.

There are 3 Core Modules and an Industry Project to complete the Proficiency Award In Garden History And Notable Gardens.  Summaries of the modules are shown below and further information can be accessed by clicking on each of the module titles.

Garden History BHT329

Managing Notable Gardens and Landscapes BHT340

Protected Plant Production BHT223

A 200 hour Industry Experience/Workplace Project


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.

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.

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.

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.

Plus, if you enrol today, get the course at a reduced price AND six free ACS eBooks - so why delay? Enrol today!




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Meet some of our academics

Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed. Former Director, Oxford Botanic Gardens.
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

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Growing ConifersThe great thing about conifers is they look good all year round. Most of them are grown for foliage, and in general, foliage remains the same pretty well all year. Unlike other trees and shrubs, you do not have a month of attractive flowers, followed by an obscure plant the remainder of the year. A brilliant blue of gold foliage conifer will be blue or gold month in, month out.
Organic GardeningFor decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners.
Getting Work in HorticultureExplore what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse this industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.