On course for a new ca­reer?

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Not sure how to prune prop­erly? Want a be­gin­ner’s guide to veg­etable grow­ing? Fancy a new ca­reer as a gar­den de­signer?

What­ever your hor­ti­cul­tural bent, there is a course out there for you, from one-day taster cour­ses to de­grees and recog­nised hor­ti­cul­tural qual­i­fi­ca­tions. But where do you start?

If you are look­ing for a change of ca­reer, you may opt for an of­fi­cially recog­nised RHS course which can give you a sig­nif­i­cant qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter two or three years.

Al­ter­na­tively, you may opt for a day here, a day there work­ing on a par­tic­u­lar skill which you want to mas­ter in your own gar­den, such as prop­a­gat­ing, pruning, wildlife gar­den­ing or plant­ing with peren­ni­als.

And you may learn as much from their fel­low stu­dents as you do from the lec­tur­ers.

Andy McIn­doe, gar­den de­sign con­sul­tant, win­ner of 25 con­sec­u­tive gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show and tu­tor at MyGar­denS­chool, the world’s first on­line gar­den school, says: “Peo­ple have to think about the time com­mit­ment.

“With on­line cour­ses, peo­ple need to be re­ally com­mit­ted to it and they have to put the ef­fort in and have to re­late it very much to what they want to get out of it.

“Some­times peo­ple think they are just go­ing to watch the video or turn up to a weekly lec­ture, think­ing it’s go­ing to give them all they want. But it’s a huge sub­ject and the chances re­al­is­ti­cally of it cov­er­ing what you’ve got in mind are quite re­mote.”

More de­tails at www. learn­ing­with­ex­perts.com/gar­den­ing

Pic­ture: PA Photo/think­stock­pho­tos

There are gar­den­ing cour­ses to suit ev­ery­body

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