plant selection and establishment

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden designers, landscapers and enthusiasts.

This course can help you develop a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a range of commonly used garden plants. There is more to selecting plants and establishing them successfully than meets the eye and many landscapers and designers lack the information and skills needed.

The correct establishment of plants can make a huge difference to the long term health of a garden. Learn how to get it right the first time with this course: right plant, right place, every time!

There are 10 lessons in thecourse:

  1. Introduction What to plant where, Plant selection, Plant varieties, Colourful year round foliage, Establishment (timing, soil preparation, plant size, planting technique), Maintenance programs, etc
  2. Woody plants Selecting woody plants, trees, shrubs, deciduous/semi deciduous/evergreen; flowering shrubs, Establishing woody plants, Planting procedure, Dealing with shade, etc
  3. Windbreaks, hedges and screens Plant selection, establishing windbreaks & screens, Trimming a hedge, etc
  4. Alpine and water plants Selecting & establishing alpines, Selecting water plants, Establishment & maintenance of water plants
  5. Annual and herbaceous plants Selecting annuals, Types of annuals (by height, flower, edge plants, dot plants, groundwork plants), types of bedding schemes, Planting seed or seedlings, Container culture, Selection & Establishment of herbaceous plants (Bulbs & Perennials), Maximizing flowering effect, etc
  6. Turf Varieties, Lawn mixes, What to grow where, Wildflower Meadows, Turf establishment, Soil Preparation, Seeding, Sodding, Stolonizing, Sprigging, Plugging, Mowing, Fertilising, etc
  7. Maintenance Fertilizing, Managing pH, Replacing plants, Pruning, Irrigation, Humidity, Mulch, Developing a maintenance Program,
  8. Pest and disease control Problem prevention, Non chemical control, Chemical control,
  9. Weed control Non chemical control, Chemical control, Safety, Alternative strategies.
  10. Risk assessment Identifying risk, Duty of care, Workplace safety, Protective clothing, Safety with tools, Significance of illness, etc

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.

Working with Colin Elliott, a passionate plantsman, landscaper and garden designer, these courses provide the tools needed to establish successful planting.

Plant Selection and Establishment -

Course cost: £ 345

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