growing lavender

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 course is for the lavender enthusiast, or anyone interested in starting commercial lavender production.

Lavender has been a popular cultivated plant for many centuries and is perhaps the most common. It is certainly one of the most versatile herbs you could ever consider growing. It can be grown as a shrub, a tub plant or a hedge; you can keep it cut low or let it grow to over a metre tall, depending on the species.

The flowers and leaves can be used for medicinal, craft, cosmetic and even culinary purposes. It is sold as ‘bunched lavender’, stripped flowers for crafts and distilled for its essential oil – making it a profitable commodity world-wide.

Commercially lavender is grown in France, England, Spain, Italy, USA, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan. Each region grows species that are best suited to local conditions.

This course from the Garden Design Academy is equally valuable to garden enthusiasts, landscapers, nurserymen and potential Lavender Farm growers.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE
There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Classification and identification of lavender, general characteristics of the group, contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
  2. Soils, Fertilisers and Nutrition for Lavender
    • Soil structure, pH, organic matter, ameliorants and organic growing.
  3. Cultural Techniques for Lavender Growing
    • Pruning, water management (mulching, irrigation, drainage, etc.), planting and establishment methods, crop scheduling, no dig gardening.
  4. Lavender Propagation
    • Propagation from cuttings, propagation growth media, other propagation methods,
  5. Commercial Alternatives
    • Managing a Market Garden, standards, mulches, problems and their control, weed control without chemicals, economic outlook for herbs.
  6. Plant Variety Selection and Breeding
    • Breeding and selecting new varieties, lavender clone selection for essential oils.
  7. Building Plant Knowledge
    • Lavender types and other varieties, advantages and disadvantages of different varieties.
  8. Harvesting, Postharvest Treatment and Storage
    • Harvesting, distillation and oils, post harvest preservation of fresh herbs, drying lavender.
  9. Processing and Making Lavender Products
    • Lavender crafts, using herbs in cooking, selling herb products.
  10. Marketing Lavender Produce
    • How to market your produce, considering your market, market research, selling successfully.

This 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, landscaper, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener.

 

Growing Lavender - Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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