OverviewPrinciples of Plant Growth, Garden Planning & Applied Propagation RHS Level 3 Certificate
The horticultural industries span many disciplines, from the production of plants for planting through to the production of fruit, salads and vegetables. An important sector of this industry is the management of gardens and designed landscapes. The horticulturists who work in such settings are involved in the scientific study of plants, the preservation of heritage, the propagation of new plant material, and the pursuit of best practice to inform their management decisions.
The World Health Organisation report Urban Green Spaces and Health highlights the importance of such gardens and designed landscapes in the promotion of mental health and wellness. Put simply people need plants. Plants need horticulturists.
The purpose and content of the Level 3 supports specialist / industry-specific pathways informed by the findings of the Ornamental Horticultural Round Table Group (OHRG). It is aimed at those progressing in horticultural roles or having a specialist personal interest in the supervision and development of gardens and landscapes, for example public gardens, botanical gardens, heritage gardens, private gardens, maintenance and landscaping along with community green spaces. This qualification thus meets the needs of the amateur gardeners and professional horticulturists alike.
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Need to know
Essential: An RHS level 2 certificate in horticulture (Practical and Theory).
Desirable: Knowledge of laws relating to horticulture including Health and Safety.
What qualification will I gain?
RHS Level 3 Certificate in Garden and Designed Landscape Management.
How will I be assessed?
There are formal exams in both February (Unit 1) and June.(Unit 2).
What will I study?
Topic: 1.Horticultural Heritage
- The history of horticultural space
- Key influences on the development of horticultural space
- The importance of horticultural heritage
- The impact of horticultural heritage on gardens management
Topic: 2. Plant Knowledge
- The role of exploration on plant diversity
- Plant information sources
- Applied plant knowledge
- Managing paths within botanic and other gardens
Topic: 3. Plant Selection and Cultivation
- Selecting plants for a purpose
- Plant procurement
- Combining plants
- Planning plant maintenance
Topic: 4. Plant propagation:
- Propagation facilities
- Planning propagation
- Advanced propagation techniques
- Development of propagation protocols
1. Garden Styles and Specialist Areas
- Garden styles and areas
- Planting styles
- Hard landscaping elements
- Management of trees
2. Productive growing
- Growing systems
- Selection of crops and planning growing
- Maximising yield
- Research and development in productive growing
3. Gardens Management
- Managing people in a garden
- Managing resources in a garden
- Planning projects
- Maintenance standards
4. Gardens, People and Places
- Gardens and Visitors
- Gardens and their communities
- Feedback and evaluation
RHS – Level 4 Master of Horticulture – (Run at Wisely gardens, Surrey)
- Running your own horticultural business
- Garden maintenance, public gardens and Landscaping,
- Plant grower – all at a supervisory level when you have received experience
You will need:
- Method of making notes in lessons
- A calculator
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