amenity horticulture 1

Amenity Horticulture is the section of horticulture involved with growing plants for recreational or ornamental purposes. It includes providing, establishing and managing amenity horticulture sites.

Amenity horticulture has a vital role to play in the future management of the environment. As custodians of both natural and developed landscapes, amenity horticulturists will be increasingly responsible for ensuring the Earth's resources are used in a responsible and sustainable manner.

From amenity horticulturists who work in private gardens to those who contribute to the management of national parks covering thousands of hectares, the trend will be to promote and implement strategies that conserve soil, water, air and biodiversity for the benefit of future generations.

This course has been developed by professionals from around the world with the aim of being relevant whereever it is studied. This is a module in our course for the Royal Horticultural Society's Master of Horticulture.

There are 7 lessons in Amenity Horticulture I:

  1. Nature and Scope of the Amenity Horticulture Industry
    • What is amenity horticulture
    • Arboriculture
    • Landscape industries
    • Parks and gardens
    • Nurseries
    • Turf management
    • Interior plantscaping
    • Floriculture
  2. Global Variations
    • The changing nature of amenity horticulture
    • PBL project to create and present a plan that identifies and compares global variations in the amenity horticulture industry.
  3. Benefits
    • Amenity horticulture and society
    • Aesthetic value
    • Health benefits
    • Benefits of gardening
    • Horticultural therapy
    • Kitchen garden programs
    • Community gardens
    • Recreational benefits of public open space
    • Economic benefits
    • Nature based tourism
    • Private land use for recreation
    • Environmental benefits
  4. Management Options
    • Management of amenity sites
    • Management processes: planning, organising controlling, leading, etc
    • The organisational structure
    • Managing natural environments
    • Good and bad management decisions
  5. Influences
    • Legal concerns for amenity horticulture
    • Legal and illegal plants
    • Law and money
    • Land ownership
    • Land planning and planning processes
    • Central place theory
    • Psycho social considerations
    • Environmental concerns
  6. Determining Best Practice
    • Best practice management
    • How is best practice determined
    • Quality systems
    • Managing finance
    • User pays pricing
    • Budgets
    • Managing physical resources
    • Staff management
    • Teams based management
    • Managing workplace safety
    • Risk control
  7. Preparing for the Future
    • Future of Amenity horticulture
    • Ecologically sustainable development
    • PBL project to identify the current impacts on the environment of amenity horticulture operations in your area and suggest ways that ESD will impact on those operations and on the community in the short and long term.

Each lesson ends with assignments to test your knowledge and reinforce your learning; these are sent to your tutor at the Garden Design Academy for marking and comments.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, ex Royal Gardener and an experienced professional horticulturist, landscaper and garden designer. This course will help graduates develop knowledge of the industry at both a global and local level. You will become familiar with responsible environmental management strategies of natural and created landscapes.

Amenity Horticulture 1 -
Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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