On course for a new career?
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
There are gardening courses to suit everybody