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


Caroline Mazzey


Caroline has a BSc (Hons) in Botany and Microbiology from Regent's University London and a broad range of plant-based expertise, covering cellular biochemistry, genetics, classification and the control of growing conditions. This includes both laboratory and soil-based experience, as well as production under glass. She brings a theoretical eye to the practical commercial procedures undertaken by students. She is also very interested in all things tree and particularly in those which are veteran and ancient, plus the dynamics of individual tree growth within a broader forestry environment.

As an educator, Caroline is passionate about widening the base of enthusiasm for plants especially spreading knowledge of the highly technical industries for which the UK desperately needs personnel. She is an ambassador for STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] for the college and schools in Kent.

Subject Specialisms

  • Plant Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics

  • Industrial Experience

    R&D Microbiologist   Sensititre; Unilever, later Gibco UK
    Initially, Caroline supported the ongoing management of an immuno-fluorescent biochemical test kit used to identify pathogens from hospital patients. This then enabled antibiotic sensitivity testing for the prescription of specific targetted antibiotic therapy. She then went on to lead a project to develop a 4-hour test for detecting urine infection in patients. This utilised a Limulus amoebocyte lysate assay for bacterial load, linked to a 3-amino acid fluorescent tag for detection.

    R&D Chemist          Rimmel International
    As project leader for new products starting with the original brief from marketing, to realisation, to full-scale production and marketing.

    Current interests and activities

    • Ancient Tree Inventory
    • Green wall installations
    • Sustainable horticulture

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