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RHS Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (Level 2)



Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



15 weeks



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Course Overview

Whether you’re a horticultural professional, or just green-fingered and wanting to learn something new, this theory-based qualification will develop the essential understanding you’ll need in any field of work. Our Lackham Campus is the perfect place to build your knowledge with this RHS course. Situated near Lacock, Lackham sits in over 1600 acres of Wiltshire landscape. Situated in a bend of the River Avon, the estate covers farmland, woodlands and wetlands, sports pitches and curated lawns outside the Grade II Listed Lackham House. Specialist facilities include a range of horticultural machinery and workshops, several glasshouses, polythene tunnels and a Zoological Garden. There are landscaped grounds with a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, and a traditional Walled Garden containing a variety of ornamental and edible plants. The incredible variety of resources makes Lackham the ideal place for building on your professional horticultural qualifications or getting green-fingered in your spare time.This course forms part of the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.This theory course is a part time course which runs one day a week on Fridays 09:00 until 16:30. The course will start on Friday 18th February 2022 and complete on Friday 17th June 2022.

What will I learn?

The course consists of the following four mandatory units:

• Garden features, plant selection and planning
• Choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
• Production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
• Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Examinations will be offered in June 2022.

You will find it beneficial to spend some time preparing for the unit examinations through self-study. The subject tutors will recommend underpinning reading and resources that will assist with this.

Cost: £680.00 (incl. cost of exam fee)

Please copy and paste the link below to the RHS website for additional information on the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, you are expected to have an underpinning knowledge of horticulture prior to enrolling, either from employment in the industry or through experience of gardening privately.

Additional Costs and Information

There is a comprehensive Library and Learning Resource Centre with computing facilities, internet access and e-study (also accessible from home), available to you to support personal study and course work.

Cost: £680.00 (incl. cost of exam fee)

What Could I Do Next?

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 3 courses.Should you have any queries about this course, please email Venetia Summers, Head of Department: Landbased at

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