Certificate in Planting Design and RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture

KLC School of Design
Course summary
Professional Training
12 months
331 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses

Course description

Designing with Plants - Distance Learning Garden Design Course leading to A Certificate in Planting Design and RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture

horticulture,horticulture coursesThis open learning course has been specifically designed for students who want to gain a recognised qualification in Horticulture. This course provides an in-depth study of every aspect of planting design that will allow both new students and experienced gardeners completing the course the option to sit the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture examination.

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In this garden design the course you will build up a substantial plant portfolio, allowing you to recognise and name a vast array of shrubs, trees and plants. You will learn how to maintain and care for plants and understand the requirements of different environments and conditions, as well as understand how to survey a garden and draw up a planting plan that will allow you to communicate and develop your creative ideas.

The course work also includes test examples of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture, so that students will be fully prepared for the examination. At the end of the course, students will have developed a specialist skill that can help to completely transform an outside space, a subject that demands passion and will no doubt form the basis of a life-long pleasure.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No previous art or design experience is necessary for this garden design course, just commitment and enthusiasm.  Students will need to have regular access to a computer with an internet connection, ideally with broadband.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On completion of this course students will be awarded with the Certificate in Planting Design and RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.

Course Content

The course, which can be studied from anywhere in the world, comes complete with a comprehensive syllabus:


  • Plants through history – including their significance, symbolism and practical uses.
  • Plant classification and nomenclature – how and why plants are named,including family, genus, species, cultivars and varieties.
  • Plant categories – from the largest (trees and shrubs etc) through to the smallest (perennials and bulbs etc).
  • How to research – researching botany and soil science (especially the plant nomenclature).


  • Basic botany and plant science – what is a plant and how does it function and grow? Includes pollination and fertilisation.
  • Soil science – what is soil composed of and how to improve and manage it.
  • Plant propagation – including planting, sowing and all propagation techniques.
  • Plant management – pruning, feeding, watering (including control and management of pests and diseases).


  • Plants in practice - applying the principles and examining specific examples of plant husbandry.


  • Surveying a garden – how to carry out a site survey and analysis (in order to produce a planting plan for a client).
  • How to draw a planting plan – a step by step guide to drawing a planting plan with supportive drawings and illustrations.


  • Designing with plants – the principles of planting design. How to use form, texture and colour in a planting scheme.
  • Creating successful planting combinations – looking at plant associations and what makes them succeed.
  • Working with different planting environments and conditions – creatingplanting schemes that will suit different sites and locations. Workingto a client’s brief for different themes and situations.


The total cost of this course is: £331.00 + VAT

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KLC School of Design

KLC School of Design is part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and specialises in teaching interior and garden design from short courses up to BA (Hons) both on site in our teaching studios at Chelsea Harbour, London...

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5th Floor Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour
SW10 0XF London

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