One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden enthusiasts and all those dealing with plants on a professional level.

Unlike many other plants, most conifers are grown for their varied foliage affects rather than their seasonal flower displays. Grow conifers in places that you want to look stunning all year round, not just part of the year

Eight lessons provide you with a systematic understanding of the way conifers are classified, showing you how to identify the differences between types.

It developis 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.

Course Structure

  1. Introduction
    Review the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the conifer plant group, information contacts you can use (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc).
  2. Culture
    Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, propagation, etc.
  3. Trees
    Conifers that reach tree proportions, their characteristics and requirements, how to grow conifers by seed propagation and grafting techniques.
  4. Common Medium Size Shrubs
    Many conifers fall into this height category. Some of the popular conifers are Chamaecyparis, Juniperus and Thuja. How to prune conifers.
  5. Small Shrubs
    How to choose small and prostrate conifers and their care. How to care for seedlings up to planting out stage.
  6. Rarer Conifers
    Hemlocks, Podocarpus, Larches and leaf characteristcs of Cephalataxus.
  7. Using Conifers
    As timber, oils, edible seed, christmas trees, etc.
  8. Landscaping with Conifers

Each of the lessons in this course culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award winning garden designer, landscaper, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener, who is a passionate plantsman.

The course will stimulate your interest and set you on the path to becoming an expert with these unique plants.



Conifers- Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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