Diploma In Horticulture (Landscaping & Garden Design) VHT002

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An accredited course designed to train landscape contractors and/or designers. This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, designing, costing and constructing gardens. This course is similar to other horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to landscaping. COURSE CONTENT

This Diploma entails the following:

  • Core studies - half of the course, involving approximately 300hrs over 15 lessons.
  • Elective studies - half of the course, involving stream studies specific to landscaping.
Core units
  1. Introduction to Plants - Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, …

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An accredited course designed to train landscape contractors and/or designers. This course develops skills in general horticulture, plant identification and use, designing, costing and constructing gardens. This course is similar to other horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to landscaping. COURSE CONTENT

This Diploma entails the following:

  • Core studies - half of the course, involving approximately 300hrs over 15 lessons.
  • Elective studies - half of the course, involving stream studies specific to landscaping.
Core units
  1. Introduction to Plants - Nomenclature and taxonomy, the plant kingdom, genus, species, hybrids.
  2. Parts of the Plant - How plants grow, plant structure, parts of the flower and leaf, modification of stems and roots.
  3. Plant Culture - Planting: How to plant and protect newly planted specimens, terms like: annuals, biennials, perennials, deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants.
  4. Plant Culture - Pruning: Purpose for pruning, rules for pruning, how to prune.
  5. Plant Culture - Irrigation and Machinery: Different irrigation systems, components of an irrigation system, designing an irrigation system,maintenance in the garden and for tools.
  6. Soils & Media - Soil classifications, testing soil, potting mixes, the U.C. System, ingredients of potting mixes.
  7. Soils & Nutrition - Fertilizers: deficiencies and toxicities, N:P:K ratios, salting, fertilizer programming, compost.
  8. Propagation - Seeds & Cuttings: How to propagate plants with the two easiest techniques, propagating mixes, cold frame construction,after care for young plants.
  9. Propagation - Other Techniques: Other methods to increase plant numbers - budding, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture.
  10. Identification and Use of Plants - How are plants used in the landscape, how to choose and purchase plants, selecting plants suitablefor the climate and site.
  11. Identification and Use of Plants - Problems with plants and choosing plants for problem sites.
  12. Identification and Use of Plants - Indoor and Tropical Plants, flowers, herbs, bulbs, ferns.
  13. Pests - Identifying and controlling pests, chemical and natural methods for control, chemical safety precautions.
  14. Diseases - Identifying and controlling diseases, plant pathology, fungi, viruses, non pathogenic problems, interactions with the host and the environment.
  15. Weeds - Identifying and controlling weeds, chemical terminology.
Stream(elective) studies

The aim of the stream studies is to develop skills and knowledge in landscape design, construction, features and landscape business management. The student will engage in the following activities as part of the stream studies:

  • Review the historical evolution of gardens.
  • Obtain pre-planning information and use of that information to draw plans.
  • Identify different principles and styles of landscape designs.
  • Analyze garden designs.
  • Develop graphic skills, and a knowledge of drawing materials and techniques.
  • Prepare cost estimates for a landscape job.
  • Describe surfacing materials and their effects.
  • Explain the quality and cost of different landscape materials.
  • Develop a knowledge of plants, both native and exotic, suitable for local conditions.
  • Select plants for difficult sites and conditions.
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of various pipes, sprinklers and pumping equipment.
  • Recommend irrigation systems for different landscape situations.
  • Design a simple irrigation system.
  • Design a bush garden and the value and relevance of using native plants.
  • Analyze and report on a cottage garden design.
  • Analyze and report on a playground design.
  • Prepare a playground design for a school or public park.
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