Horticulture part-time courses

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Our part-time Horticulture courses can help you explore your green-fingered side, gain new skills and provide a taster of the full-time courses. Most courses comprise a single SQA unit and cost just £88, however you may be entitled to a fee waiver to cover the cost of the course. 

Vegetable Plant Propagation and Production content Basket of freshly picked vegetables

Vegetable Plant Propagation and Production

Theory lessons are online but students must attend college for the practical sessions

Location: Oban (College Garden), Helensburgh (Hermitage Park) and on Bute (Mount Stuart)

Thursdays 1.30pm to 4pm | Fridays 9am to 10.30am

Learn how to produce a bumper vegetable and fruit crop!

Topics include:

  • How to produce plants from seed inside and outside, in containers and in the ground.
  • How to collect and store seed for the following year.
  • How to plan crop rotations to keep your vegetables healthy.
  • How to prepare your soil for a vegetable crop.
  • How to care for your vegetable plants and fruit bushes and trees.

 This course awards you 2 credits on completion.

 

Ornamental Plant Production content Rows with lots of colourful pansies in a polytunnel

Ornamental Plant Production

Theory lessons are online but students must attend college for the practical sessions

Location: Oban (College Garden), Helensburgh (Hermitage Park) and on Bute (Mount Stuart)

Wednesdays 9am to 4pm | Thursdays 9am to 12.30pm

Learn how to propagate and grow a range of ornamental plants.

Topics included:

  • How to propagate plants by stem cuttings, division, layering and other specialist propagation techniques.
  • How to produce your own bedding plants to add seasonal colour to any garden or plant display.
  • How to grow ornamental plants in a range of containers, how to choose the best compost and nutrition and how to care for ornamental plants.

This course awards you 3 credits on completion.

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Horticultural Therapy

Theory lessons are online but students must attend college for the practical sessions

Location: Oban (College Garden), Helensburgh (Hermitage Park) and on Bute (Mount Stuart)

 20 hours per week over 10 weeks | Dates and times TBC

Practical days TBC but will be during weeks commencing 14th Feb, 21st Feb and 28th Feb

  • Learn the basics of therapeutic horticulture and how to carry out therapeutic horticulture techniques in various therapeutic horticulture settings.
  • Topics included:
  • What is therapeutic horticulture?
    What are the benefits of therapeutic horticulture?
  • Which client groups could benefit from therapeutic horticulture and how can activities be designed to suit each group?

This course awards you 1 credit on completion.