Growing iris

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.

This is a valuable course for anyone with a serious interest in irises either as a commercial grower or an enthusiastic home collector.

You will gain an in-depth appreciation of the iris, how to grow them to achieve optimum performance and the identification of different varieties of irises.

Significant sections are included on landscaping with irises, hybridisation and propagation, harvest, post-harvest treatments, achieving and assessing quality, and exhibiting the flowers.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification
    • Physiology
    • Information sources
  2. Iris Culture
    • Planting
    • Staking
    • Mulching
    • Watering
    • Feeding
    • Pruning
  3. Propagation and Hybridisation
  4. Review of Major Types of Irises
  5. Pest and Diseases
  6. Irrigation and Hydroponics
  7. Landscaping with Irises
  8. Harvest, Post Harvest, Exhibiting and Quality

This eight lesson course provides approximately 100 hours of study. Each lesson 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, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener at Windsor Castle.


Growing Iris - Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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