Our world would be nothing without plants. They feed us, keep us warm and dry, clean our air and provide us with a beautiful green environment to live in. There are two branches of horticulture:
Amenity Horticulture is aimed at improving people’s quality of life. Work includes designing or maintaining private gardens; landscaping; managing and maintaining public parks, open spaces, roadside plantings or sports grounds; and advising.
Commercial Horticulture covers the production of ornamental plants, vegetables, salads, fruit and flowers outdoors and in polytunnels or greenhouses. Some production is highly mechanised and merges into food technology. Horticulturalists are also employed as buyers by major supermarkets.
Our students have developed successful careers in everything from designing and building gardens and parks to working in botanical gardens, country estates, and in football stadiums as groundsmen. Some have gone into journalism and television.
Is it for me?
Yes, if you enjoy working outdoors; have an interest in plants; are able to work with people, in a team and/ or helping members of the public; you have good communication skills.
Capel Manor was established as a centre for horticultural studies in 1968 and since then has developed a reputation for excellence and strong links with industry. Students have access to our 30 acres of gardens at Enfield as well as to areas of Regent’s Park, Gunnersbury Park and Crystal Palace Park for practical work. We are also equipped with wide-ranging plant collections and a comprehensive range of horticultural tools and machinery.
Please note that RHS courses can now be found under the School of Garden Design
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