Horticulture and Professional Landscaping

We have been a centre for horticultural studies since 1968 and have developed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and strong industry links.

By studying with us, you will be introduced to a unique array of plant collections, both within our campuses and across the capital, providing you with the opportunity to work within some of London’s most prestigious parks and gardens.

Improving the quality of London’s gardens and landscapes is of paramount importance; by joining our further education courses in horticulture, landscape construction, fruit and vegetable growing, and golf greenkeeping, you can play a vital role in this.

Your developing knowledge and skills will enable you to get involved in the design and implementation of gardens for a variety of national horticulture shows, as well as the regeneration and redevelopment of parks and gardens in our local communities.

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Update for students considering RHS courses

From September 2022 we will be delivering the new RHS qualifications

The RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture will consist of two courses, one practical and one theory:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development

Please select your preferred course, students may only study one course within one academic year. Students who have already started an RHS Level 2 qualification with us will be able to complete their qualification with one of these courses. We will also be offering the current theory course RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance for one more year, for existing students only to complete their diploma. Students who have already started an RHS Level 3 qualification and completed the first two sections will be able to complete their qualification with RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting.

The new RHS Level 3 certificate will be available from September 2023. Visit the RHS website to find out more about the new qualifications.

Careers

Our horticulture courses provide numerous job opportunities including roles such as:
  • Commercial horticulturist
  • Horticultural researcher
  • Crop physiologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Head gardener
  • Plant breeder
  • Nursery manager
  • Sports turf scientist
  • Urban green space manager
  • Interior horticultural specialist
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Did you know?

Horticulture is one of the largest industries in the UK, contributing £9 billion to the UK economy every year.

Our RHS accredited courses allow you to gain access to the limitless professional world of horticulture and landscaping.

Our students and apprentices regularly win awards at prestigious national RHS events such as the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.

Facilities

You will have access to over 30 acres of gardens at our Enfield Campus, our two farms and the extensive plant collections and open spaces at our Crystal Palace Park, Gunnersbury Park, Regent’s Park and Mottingham campuses, providing you with the opportunity for inspirational practical learning.

Additionally, our students undertake work experience within the industry and benefit from numerous educational visits to horticultural businesses, green spaces, roof gardens, community spaces, urban pocket parks and the traditional gardens of Kew, Wisley, Audley End and Hyde Hall.

Jessica's story

The course has helped me in my current role through confidence and it has enabled me to pass on knowledge to others about the specifics of cultivation. Jessica studied the RHS Level 2 and 3 courses at Capel Manor College