Plant Varieties Courses

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Study Acacias with this course - learn about growing them and how they are used

  • Learn about the botany, culture, and identification of Acacias.
  • The course covers about 50 different species of Acacia.
  • Learn about the commercial uses for Acacias, including: building materials, food plants, tanning, crafts, and many more uses.
  • Study Acacias and learn about how useful they are.

More info & enrolment: ACACIAS VHT114 »

A specialist course for African Violet Enthusiasts

Designed for the African Violet enthusiast, this course covers everything from potting and feeding, to pests and propagation. You learn how African Violets are classified, and cover the exciting range of varieties available. Here's your chance to achieve outstanding results with African Violets.





More info & enrolment: AFRICAN VIOLETS VHT105 »

Learn more about Australian Native Ferns - study in the comfort of your own home

"Become a Fern Expert and carve out a career working with ferns"

Learn which ferns occur naturally in Australia, how to identify them, where to obtain accurate information on them, how to propagate them, growing and using ferns in baskets, terrariums, and landscapes.

More info & enrolment: AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FERNS VHT116 »

Australian Native Trees Course

"Packed with knowledge of the native trees of Australia"

This course first instructs you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests & diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting.

The remaining lessons then deal with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.

More info & enrolment: AUSTRALIAN NATIVE TREES VHT115 »

Australian Native Plants

Are you inspired by plants and have a real passion for learning more? Would like to try to grow plants that perhaps you know little or would like to know more about? Plants that are underused world-wide?

Broaden your plant knowledge and explore one of the most diverse and under-used and adaptable groups of plants in the world.

Develop your ability to identify, select, cultivate and plan a management program, for appropriate varieties of Australian native plants, in a wide variety of situations.  This is relevant to not only Australia, but most parts of the world.

Australia has one of the oldest and most diverse varieties of plants of an country. Australian natives come from tropical areas to cold temperate snow covered mountains, and from inland deserts to fertile wet rain forests.

More info & enrolment: AUSTRALIAN NATIVES I BHT113 »

Learn to identify and grow Australian Wildflowers and Shrubs. 

Be surprised how many of these stunning and unique plants can be cultivated successfully as far afield as the UK, the Middle East and North America.

While this course is designed to follow on from Australian Natives I, it can be taken by itself if your focus is on smaller growing natives (eg. wildflowers, clumping plants, etc).






More info & enrolment: AUSTRALIAN NATIVES II BHT225 »

"Learn to grow azaleas and rhododendrons to perfection"

Considered by many to be the very best plants a garden can offer, azaleas and rhododendrons are some of the most popular plants grown anywhere. The course shows how to grow them to perfection, and builds your knowledge of varieties available, to give you a long lasting display of colour in the garden. Soils, weed control, feeding, pest and disease control, watering, landscape design and lots more are included over eight lessons.


More info & enrolment: AZALEAS and RHODODENDRONS VHT106 »

Learn the Art & Craft of Bonsai

The term 'bonsai' is formed from two words: 'bon' which means container or pot, and 'sai' which means plant or plants. Nevertheless, when combined the two words mean much more than merely a tree planted in a pot. It is the craftsmanship and artistic creativity that goes into bonsai which separates it from a simple potted tree.

Join the many who have learnt the ancient oriental art of bonsai through this practical and comprehensive course. Learn to identify, propagate and select different types of plants that are appropriate for making bonsai. Learn the methods used to create and maintain a bonsai. Explore the classic styles of bonsai and hone your knowledge and skills to produce your own collection of stunning specimens.



More info & enrolment: BONSAI BHT320 »

Edible Australian Plants

Learn about identifying, growing and using Australian Indigenous Plants for Food
There are many Australian plants that are edible, and even some that are in very high demand as foods throughout the world.  The Aborigines lived off the land before white civilization came to Australia. Plants contributed significantly to their diet.


There are many different types of bush tucker foods:

  • Nuts and seeds (eg. Acacia, Macadamia, bunya nuts)
  • Drinks (eg. hot teas, infusions of nectar laden flowers, fruit juices)
  • Flavourings (eg. lemon scented myrtle)
  • Berries (eg. Astroloma, some Solanum species)
  • Fruits (eg. quandong, Ficus macrophylla, Syzygium)
  • Vegetables
  • Wattle seeds ground to produce ‘flour’
  • Plant roots ground to produce a paste or flour.


More info & enrolment: BUSH TUCKER PLANTS BHT 328 »

Study Cacti And Succulents by distance learning with this wide ranging course.

It has been said that people either love cacti or hate them. For lovers of cacti and succulents, this comprehensive 8 lesson course is a must.

  • The course studies major cacti & succulent groups and the differences in how to treat plants from each; in terms of soils, feeding, watering, pruning, pest control, planting procedures and more.
  • This course will stimulate your interest, and set you on the path to becoming an expert with these unique plants.

Enrol today and get 3 free eBooks recommended by our specialist Horticulture Tutors!



More info & enrolment: CACTI & SUCCULENTS VHT108 »

Distance Learning Carnivorous Plants Study

"Grow your own carnivorous plants.  An introduction to carnivorous plants and how they can be used"

These fascinating plants provide entertainment and stimulation to the enthusiast. Nine lessons cover a range of cultivated carnivorous plants, paying particular attention to the Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes) and Sundews (Drosera).

Student Comment: "This course has made my CV look much better and helps with my job search..... I found ACS to be very helpful"   C. Wells



More info & enrolment: CARNIVOROUS PLANTS VHT107 »

Improve your knowledge of Australian plant life with this specialist Certificate qualification

  • A 600 hour certificate focusing on Australian native plants.
  • 5 core modules on Australian plants plus a further elective module enabling you to tailor the qualification to a specified area of interest.
  • Learn what to plant where - both indoors and outdoors.





Become an expert with hardy ornamental plants.

Choose six 100 hour modules to make a certificate level qualification in hardy ornamentals.

Choose from azaleas, geraniums, deciduous trees, camellias, iris and more. Start the course at any time to suit you.

More info & enrolment: Certificate in Hardy Ornamentals VHT251 »

Home Study Conifers Course

"Understand the classification and use of conifers"

Eight lessons provide you with a systematic understanding of the way conifers are classified, show you how to identify the differences between types and develop your understanding of cultural requirements common to the whole group and differences in cultural techniques needed for specific types of conifers. Sections of this course look in detail at trees (e.g. Pines, Cedrus, Spruce), small shrubs, medium shrubs, native conifers and rarer varieties.



More info & enrolment: CONIFERS BHT230 »

Home Study Deciduous Trees.

Deciduous Trees are widely planted, particularly in temperate and colder areas of the world. They are very important for both amenity horticulture and forestry.

  • This course is a great foundation study for new or experienced horticulturists, landscapers, arborists, nursery workers, gardeners, parks managers, or anyone else concerned with the selection, propagation, care, maintenance or harvesting of deciduous trees.





More info & enrolment: DECIDUOUS TREES BHT244 »

Distance Learning Eucalyptus Course

"Identify and Grow hundreds of different Eucalyptus"

This is a comprehensive foundation course on the genus Eucalyptus, covering identification, culture (propagation, soils, landscape uses, feeding), and uses. Throughout the course you build both a knowledge of the group as a whole, and of the range of species you can identify.

Eucalypts are primarily natives of Australia; but have been cultivated widely around the world, from the tropics to cool temperate areas and from very wet to very dry climates. In this course, you will learn that there are Eucalypts suited to just about any climate and location.

More info & enrolment: EUCALYPTS VHT117 »

Learn about the identification, growth and application of ferns

In this 100 hour course we take a detailed look at the identification and culture of ferns. There is so much more than meets the eye with these wonderful prehistoric plants.

This is a course for amateurs and professionals; plant collectors and breeders, nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.




More info & enrolment: FERNS BHT314 »


"An intensive course on the growth and culture of fuchsias"

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about fuchsias, from soil management and feeding to pruning and propagation. Discover how fuchsias are classified into several major groups, the characteristics of those groups and how/where to grow different types to achieve the best results.



More info & enrolment: FUCHSIAS VHT112 »
Learn about growing, propagation and maintenance of geraniums and peargoniums.

  • Learn ways to maintain them to optimum performance.
  • Learn how to avoid problems that can be easily cured.
  • Learn how to take your own cuttings, grow them successfully and discover how many different types there are to choose from.
  • Learn the basis of good horticulture with plant health, understanding soils, plant nutrition, cultural requirements and pest and disease treatment.





More info & enrolment: GERANIUMS & PELARGONIUMS VHT113 »

Home Study Growing Annuals Course Distance Learning

"Become an expert in growing and maintaining annual flowering plants"

Become an expert with annual flowers. Learn to identify and grow them, to produce a continual blaze of colour through the seasons.

An annual is any plant which completes its full life cycle in one year.  Generally annuals are grown in the garden for a period of less than one year, with the expressed purpose of providing flowers and colour.


Annuals are grown both as commercial cut flower crops and as bedding plants (bedding plants are plants grown in a garden bed on a temporary basis). Annuals can be grown as a bedding plant; in a tub or pot; as a hanging basket, or even as a cut flower. They can be grown organically, through hydroponics or using standard horticultural practices. The what, when, where, how and why of growing annuals will vary from place to place and person to person.

This course will provide ideas and inspiration; but above all an opportunity to learn through interacting with tutors and using the various services of the school.



More info & enrolment: GROWING ANNUALS BHT115 »

Home Study Camellias Course

"Learn about camellias and their use"

Beautiful camellias require little attention, once established, and yet there is so much to know about them. This course is a wonderful way of learning about the different groups of camellias (eg. japonicas, sasanquas, reticulatas), their special characteristics, and their culture.

For amateurs and professionals; plant collectors, camellia enthusiasts, nurserymen, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.

More info & enrolment: GROWING CAMELLIAS VHT109 »

Carnations Distance Learning Course

"Study the different methods of growing and harvesting carnations"

A serious course equally valuable to the home enthusiast or the commercial cut flower grower. You learn about growing quality carnations (planting, watering, pest & disease control, fertilizing), different ways of growing them (e.g. as row crops in soil, in hydroponics, in a greenhouse); and harvesting, post-harvest treatments, and quality control.

More info & enrolment: GROWING CARNATIONS VHT110 »

Select and cultivate Grevilleas in gardens, pots, anywhere.

Grevilleas are a wide group of plants, all but seven species coming from Australia. They are widespread across Australia, occurring in both cool temperate, and hot tropical climates.

There are around 250 species. About half of these are native to the south west corner of Australia.

Known commonly as “Spider Flowers”; the Grevillea flower is more like a brush than a traditional flower. It has obscure petals, but is none the less very colourful. Flower colour varies greatly; and most hold their flowers for a long period.

Grevilleas include both small to very large plants (from prostrate ground covers, through small and medium shrubs up to large trees).

Their hardiness is variable according to species. The foliage is also variable ranging from small, entire leaves to lobed or pinnate leaves. All are arranged alternately on the stems and some have hairy under surfaces. Most have a medium to fast growth rate.

“There are so many of these wonderful colourful plants in our gardens today. Not only are they striking to look at, they also attract bird life. It really is worth getting to know them a little bit better.”- Tracey Morris Dip.Hort., Cert.Hort., Cert III Organic Farming, ACS Tutor.

More info & enrolment: GROWING GREVILLEAS VHT118 »

Growing Iris Home Study Course

"A detailed course for identifying, growing and harvesting irises"

This is a valuable course for anyone with a serious interest in irises either as a commercial grower or an enthusiastic home collector.










More info & enrolment: GROWING IRIS VHT111 »

Home Study Interior Plants Course - Special Offer now available

"Learn to successfully grown indoor plants"



This is a course equally applicable to the professional interior plantscaper or the home owner (or interior decorator) who aspires to achieve the very best results with their indoor plants.     

Enrol now at a special offer price AND get six free eBooks recommended by our horticulture tutors



More info & enrolment: INTERIOR PLANTS (Indoor Plants) BHT315 »

"Learn all about orchids and how to grown them"

Get the broad picture of what orchids are all about and learn how to improve your results and grow flowers which will be the envy of all who see them.

It was once thought that all orchids came from the tropics and needed heat, humidity and shade. This is not true. Orchids come from all parts of the world and even in the tropics orchids are most often found growing in tree tops where there is constant movement of air and quite a bit or sunshine. Orchid flowers are produced in all colours of the rainbow. White, green and brown are among the most common colours. There are some deep purple colours that look almost black.

More info & enrolment: ORCHID CULTURE BHT232 »

Distance Learning Palms and Cyads Course

"Identify and propagate palms and cycads.  Learn about commercial applications"

Throughout this course you will learn to distinguish between the characteristics of different types of palms and cycads.

This is a course for amateurs and professionals; plant collectors and breeders, nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.
Palms can be grown almost anywhere in the world -you simply need to choose the appropriate variety and treat it properly.



More info & enrolment: PALMS & CYCADS BHT233 »

Become a Perennial Plants Expert!

Study perennials and learn more about culture, propagation and much more.

"This course will give you the opportunity to become an expert in this field. Perennials are gaining popularity - many are dry garden tolerant and as a result many people are showing an interest in growing and learning about such a diverse range of plant species. A great fully rounded course covering diverse aspects of plant growing."
Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.

Practical and Versatile Perennials!

Perennials come in all forms, from herbaceous plants that die down in the winter and re-emerge in spring (year after year), to plants that retain their soft-stemmed leafy growth year round. Although beautiful, many perennials are also tough and very much adapted to a variety of climates - ranging from very dry to wet. Some have colourful foliage as well as beautiful flowers, others add architectural interest - but all add excitement and diversity to the landscape or garden as they burst into flower each year. Discover what perennials are, which perennial plants are most popular today, their cultural requirements (ie. feeding, watering, soil requirements, pruning, pest control), and learn how to use them to create beautiful landscapes. A course equally valuable to landscapers, nurserymen, cut flower growers and garden enthusiasts.



More info & enrolment: PERENNIALS BHT316 »

Study Hardy Trees by Distance Learning with this Proficiency Award from ACS.

  • Learn about the classification and characteristics of conifers and deciduous trees.
  • Understand the processes of cultivation, development, and maintenance.
  • Develop skills in the selection and cultivation of trees.
  • Study two Core Modules, plus one Elective Module covering either:

    • Tree physiology and disorders.
    • Or,
    • Environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes.






More info & enrolment: PROFICIENCY AWARD IN HARDY TREES VHT250 »

Learn about Orchids - be conversant with the production and evaluation of plants and cropping systems.

  • Understand the plant naming and classification systems.
  • Gain an insight into the appropriate way to grow a range of different orchid species.
  • Learn about greenhouse management.
  • Study commercial and marketing techniques.
  • Study and advance your own career or gain the knowledge to set up your own business.







More info & enrolment: PROFICIENCY AWARD IN ORCHIDS VHT046 »

Become an Expert with Proteas

  • Identify different types
  • Propagate them
  • Grow them as landscape plants or Cut Flowers

Learn where and how to grow one of the most stunning groups of plants in the world. With the right cultural techniques (e.g. proper drainage, soil treatments, irrigation methods, feeding, pruning, weed control), you can achieve top quality, large blooms in what might otherwise be considered poor horticultural conditions.









More info & enrolment: PROTEAS BHT318 »
A unique and comprehensive course for Rose amateur enthusiasts and professional growers.

  • Learn about the history of the Rose.
  • Gain knowledge about soils, pruning and pest management.
  • Learn how to classify and identify different species.
  • Know about the different uses of Roses.

More info & enrolment: ROSES BHT231 »

Tropical Plants - study by distance learning.

  • Learn to grow plants in warm places or in protected places such as greenhouses and inside homes or offices.
  • Learn about soils and planting.
  • An ideal course for both amateurs and professionals.
  • Suitable for interior plantscapers and designers, plant collectors and breeders, nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.


More info & enrolment: TROPICAL PLANTS BHT234 »