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Kew Specialist Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture

A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in how to plant and maintain ornamental gardens.


  • One year, September to September

The programme involves:

  • working on a rotational basis within the following areas, Rose collections, Seasonal bedding displays, Rock Garden (inc. Davies Alpine House), Aquatic Garden, Woodland Garden, Grass Garden and the Great Broadwalk Borders
  • Students undertaking a two week exchange with other ornamental horticultural students from another horticultural organisation eg RHS Garden, or a National Trust garden

The coursework involves:

  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Garden History
  • completing a Pest and Disease project looking at a range of P&D affecting ornamental plants

Students will gain the following additional qualifications:

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw
  • Tractor driving
  • Manual handling course
  • Health & Safety training

To be eligible for the course applicants:

  • are expected as a minimum to hold a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture
  • should have six months* practical experience in a professional horticultural environment (*six months in total – not, for example, one day a week for six months)
  • must be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • from overseas are considered, and acceptance is subject to a work permit being granted for non-EU nationals. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.

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