scented plants

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.

If you have always wanted to bathe your garden in the gentle fragrance of scented plants, this course is a good place to start!

And if you have thought about starting your own business featuring fragrant plants, you will learn a lot from this course.

It covers everything from soil types, pests and diseases and greenhouse growing, to marketing and plant health.

You will learn to identify, grow (propagation and culture) and use different types of scented plants. You will find out how to harvest and dry scented plants and through practical assignments actually make a whole range of exciting herb crafts such as pot pourri, soaps, candles.

Learn also how to landscape a scented garden and expand your knowledge of dozens of types of scented plants.

Course content
There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the group, information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.).
  2. Culture
    • Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest and disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc.
  3. Propagation
    • Methods of propagating this group of plants; creating a scented garden; growing in pots, inside, or in the open ground.
  4. Using Scented Plants
    • Crafts, cooking and other uses; fresh and dried herbs and scented plants.
  5. The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
    • Roses - how they can be used; Lavender and Gardenias.
  6. Other Important Scented Plants
    • Fragrant natives, boronias, the Lamiaceae family.
  7. The Lesser Grown Varieties
    • Use of lesser known scented plants for craft or cooking.
  8. Special Assignment
    • Students must complete a special assignment on one selected plant or group.

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 passionate plantsman.

What you will do on this course:

  • Make up a list of at least 50 sources of information, about the identification and use of scented plants.
  • Obtain one soil sample typical of your local area; name the soil and test the drainage of the soil.
  • Obtain (or make up) a potting mix appropriate for growing herbs in.
  • Make up a propagating mix, appropriate for striking seed or cuttings in.
  • Visit a nursery or garden growing scented plants.
  • Obtain any materials which are needed for propagating scented plants by grafting, stem cuttings, root cuttings, aerial layering and seed.
  • Harvest and dry parts from at least three different herbs.
  • Make the following scented products: pot pourri, a cosmetic product, a herb vinegar, a herb salt and one other craft product.
  • Make a bottle of herb oil.
  • Prepare hot and cold herb teas.
  • Prepare one edible product, using a part of a scented plant for flavouring.
  • Produce one sample of a scented oil, using fresh harvested material from a scented plant.
  • Visit a general nursery. Note what herb seeds, and herb plants are commonly available.
  • Research the cultural requirements of some (or all) of the following genera: Viola, Viburnum, Lonicera, Jasminum, Daphne and Gardenia.  Find information on Magnolias, Lilac, Conifers, Scented Camellias, Citrus, Convallaria (Lily of the Valley), Lilium, Hyacinthus, Forsythia and Michelia.
  • Visit a scented garden.
  • Visit and analyse the business operations of at least two herb enterprise.
  • Design a garden featuring scented plants.
  • Compare the commercial potential of three different types of herb enterprises, in your locality (based on the set task).
  • Propagate a scented plant
  • Prepare 48 plant review sheets of scented plants.

This course is full of fragrent ideas and horticultural knowledge - the best of both worlds!


Scented plants - Course cost: £ 345

OR two payments of £ 195

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