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New Courses in Horticulture

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New Courses in Horticulture

Friday, March 11, 2016 

New Courses in Horticulture

New series of part-time and work-based courses for the horticulture sector.

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin has announced a series of new part-time / work-based courses for the horticulture sector. The courses are intended for prospective students who are currently employed in the horticulture industry and plan to further their career development in their chosen sector.

The aim of the programme is to enable students “to develop a greater understanding of the sciences underpinning their sector, and will also help them improve their skills and competence at a practical level.”

Three new QQI Level 6 component awards will be offered in:

  • Ecology and the environment
  • Garden centre operations
  • Tree and shrub management

This will complement the existing awards in Sportsturf science and maintenance, Market gardening, Nursery stock production and Landscape design and construction.

Knowledge of the sector

The courses will be run over a 16-week period and will include both academic and practical training.

Principal of the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, John Mulhern said: “These courses will equip the learner with the knowledge skill and competence relevant to the sector in which they are employed.”

Following completion of this course students are then able to undertake further full-time or part-time training in horticulture by choosing from the range of Level 5, 6 and 7 courses offered at the two Teagasc horticulture colleges.

Teagasc are also offering a new component award courses at Level 5 on the topics of horticulture mechanisation, landscape construction and maintenance, and plant protection. 

Landscape construction and maintenance:

Delivered 3 days a week 9am-4.30pm over 11 weeks at Botanic Gardens & Ashtown Campus.
Start Date: July 5th 2016

The part time module will equip the student with the knowledge, skills and competence to plan, construct and maintain hard and soft landscape features.

The course is split between practical sessions in the morning and theory is covered in classroom sessions in the afternoon – weather permitting. Practical construction skills covered include: ground preparation, squaring out, establishing levels, patios, natural stone features and building small garden features. Garden maintenance skills covered include, laying turf, sowing a lawn, planting and crop nutrition.

This course is designed for anyone interested or involved in planning and building of gardens or the care of plants.

This part time module is ideally suited to school leavers who are interested in construction studies or have completed the subject at Leaving Certificate level.

Students who pass their continuous assessments and assignments will receive a QQI level 5 component award. 

Plant Identification and Use:

Delivered 2 days a week 9am-2.30pm Duration 10 weeks Venue Botanic Gardens
Start Date: June 14th 2016

This part time module will equip the student with the knowledge, skills to identify a wide range of plant material and how to use these plants in diverse landscape situations.

The course is divided between classroom work dealing with the theory of plants and plant walks in the Gardens. A wide range of plants are covered, with information on where they are best suited to grow. Students will be introduced to the Binomial Classification System used for naming plants. Practical skills covered will include planting of fruit, vegetable, bedding and shrubs. Plant identification is core to this module.

This course is suited to anyone with an interest in gardening, plants and how they can be used to their best advantage. It might be especially useful for those working in areas with planted landscapes; schools, sports grounds or home owners. Award: Students who pass their assessments will receive a QQI level 5 component award. 

Application forms are available from the College office, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Tel: 01-8040201 or Email: