Horticulture

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.

Careers

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

 

James Lawrence

Lecturer In Horticulture & Garden Design

James has a degree and post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire, following which he worked for a landscape architect and garden design company, allowing him to develop his passion for planting design. James has also spent 20 years working in the retail horticulture sector, managing garden centres, sourcing plants and horticultural goods. James then spent a few years training staff within the horticultural industry, which developed his interest in a teaching career. James has 15 years teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of horticultural and garden design courses, specialising in Higher education and Adult Learning.

 

Subjects Delivered

  • RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture
  • RHS Level 2 Theory Courses In Horticulture
  • RHS Level 3 Practical Horticulture
  • Horticultural Principles & Practices (HE)
  • Planting Design (HE)
  • Retail Horticulture (HE)
  • Design Dissertation Masterplan & Narrative (HE)
  • Design Dissertation Developing Detail (HE)
  • Retail Merchandising (FE)
  • Work Based Learning (HE)

Subject Specialisms

  • Planting Design
  • Retail Horticulture
  • Practical Horticulture & Propagation

Publications & Research

  • Lawrence, J. (2000) Form & Shape In Planting Design

 

 

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