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Horticulture

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

 

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Jade Mellor

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I set up my own business, Wild Pickings, selling seasonal foraged wild foods. I focus on plant ID, gathering, teaching and also on cooking, preparing and eating wild food.

Jade Mellor
Professional Forager, West Wales

After spending some time volunteering on organic farms in Australia, I decided I wanted to work with the land. I wanted practical experience, so chose to study at Hadlow. Studying horticulture was the first step on my journey to working with plants as a profession, giving me confidence to get an allotment and a solid foundation to build upon. I moved to Wales 12 years ago, working as a land agent, selling woodland alongside working part-time gathering wild herbs for a local forager. 8 years ago, I set up my own business, Wild Pickings, selling seasonal foraged wild foods. I focus on plant ID, gathering, teaching and also on cooking, preparing and eating wild food.

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