Horticulture & Garden Design

Do you enjoy being outside, or growing your own food? If so Horticulture is for you. Our courses cover a wide range of Horticultural subjects and will help students who wish to pursue a career in Production Horticulture, Garden Design, Hard and Soft Landscaping and Amenity Horticulture.

Horticulture has been part of Hadlow for 50 years and as such we have built a reputation in the industry as one of the leading education providers. As a student you will benefit from the vast network of contacts we have of industry links which is comprised of former students and companies who take students on in work experience placements year after year.

The horticultural team have an array of experience from head gardener to commercial production management. All have worked in the industry in various sectors and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Over the last couple of years, the department has had a vast financial input from the College which includes new classrooms, a new state of the art glasshouse, a new Landscape Training Centre and 100’s of different plants for the students to practice on. The student is the centre for everything we do and you will benefit from the knowledge from Industry expert tutors and outstanding resources open to you.

Partnerships for Area

Royal Horticultural Society, Thanet Earth, Tozer Seeds, i3D Robotics and LJ Betts.


  • Nursery Assistant
  • Garden Centre Sales Assistant
  • Assistant Gardener
  • Estate Gardener
  • Landscaper
  • Groundsperson
  • Landscape Contractor


Howard Lee

Dr. Howard Lee

Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture

Dr Howard Lee is a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture and a recognised authority on the wider issue of sustainability and food security. Having gained an MSc in Advanced Ecology and a PhD "Aspects of the Ecology of Bracken Removal From Upland Pastures" - Sunderland Polytechnic

he worked with the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland advising on new cultivars of potatoes, as well as the Queen's University Belfast and Imperial College Wye, Howard has numerous years of industry experience.

In addition to lecturing on our BSc (Hons) International Agriculture and BSc (Hons) Horticulture programmes, Howard is an external examiner for a number of different institutions and sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, as well as being an author and modern art enthusiast.

Subject Specialisms

Sustainable Agriculture, Agroecology

Publications & Research
Armstrong-Brown A., Cook H.F., Lee H.C. (2000). Topsoil characteristics from a paired farm survey of organic versus conventional farming in southern England. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 18, 37-54.

Ghaffari A, Cook H.F., Lee H.C. (2001). Simulating winter wheat yields under temperate conditions: exploring different management scenarios. European Journal of Agronomy 15, 231-240.

Ghanbari-Bonjar A. and Lee H.C. (2002). Intercropped field beans (Vicia faba) and wheat (Triticum aestivum) for whole crop forage: effects of nitrogen on forage yield and quality. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge 138, 311-315.

Ghaffari A. Cook, H.F. and Lee H.C. (2002). Climate Change and Winter Wheat Management: A modelling scenario for South-Eastern England. Climatic Change 55, 509-533.

Munro T.L., Cook H. and Lee H. (2002). Sustainability indices used to compare properties of organic and conventionally managed topsoils. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 20, 201-214

Ghanbari-Bonjar A. and Lee H.C. (2003). Intercropped wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)  and  bean (Vicia faba L. ) as a whole-crop forage: effect of harvest time on forage yield and quality. Grass and Forage Science 58, 28-36.

Sarkodie-Addo J., Lee H.C. and Baggs E.M. (2003). Nitrous oxide emissions after application of inorganic fertiliser and incorporation of green manure residues.Soil Use & Management19(4),331-9.

Masciandaro G., Ceccanti B., Benedicto S., Lee H.C. and Cook H.F. (2004). The biochemistry of a soil under mulching. Canadian Journal of Soil Science  84, 19-33.
Lee, H. (2005). Methodologies for the comparison of organic and conventional farming systems. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 3(2), 122-129.

Cook H.F., Valdes G.S.B., Lee H.C. (2006). Mulch effects on rainfall interception, soil physical characteristics and temperature under Zea mays L. Soil & Tillage Research 91, 227-235.

Lee., H.C., Walker, R., Haneklaus, S., Philips,L., Rahmann, G., Schnug, E. (2008). Organic farming in     Europe: a potential major contribution to food security in a scenario of climate change and fossil fuel depletion Landbauforschung – vTI/Agriculture and Forestry Research 58,145-152.

Carr, L., Lee, H. (2013). Developing the feedback process: promoting teacher and student dialogue via the use of screen capture and audio. Compass, In press

Lee, Howard C. (2013). The Devil is in the Detail: food security and self sustaining cropping systems for Urban and Peri-Urban zones. In (A. Viljoen, ed) Proceedings of AESOP (Cardiff) 3rd Sustainable Food Planning Thematic Group Meeting. In press.


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