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.

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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



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Jamie Petchell

Jamie is well regarded around the world for his in-depth knowledge of the asparagus crop, particularly in terms of varietal development and choice of plant material.

Jamie Petchell
Commercial Horticulture HE

Jamie Petchell graduated from Hadlow College with a HND in Commercial Horticulture in 1997.  He is now co-owner of Global Plant Genetics Ltd, a company specialising in variety solutions in berries and asparagus for international growers, produce businesses and nurseries. In addition, he is a co-owner of Innovation Profits Ltd, an organisation that specialises in helping UK food and horticultural businesses claim R&D tax credits and submitting Patent Box claims.

He started out his career at Hargreaves Plants, working in the berry plant nurseries, and rapidly rose to become Commercial Director of the company at the age of 32. He oversaw the commercial growth of the plant propagation business from a UK enterprise to one that was recognised globally in plant supply and Intellectual Property Management.

Jamie is well regarded around the world for his in-depth knowledge of the asparagus crop, particularly in terms of varietal development and choice of plant material. He commissioned what were thought to be the largest asparagus hybrid trials in the world in 2004 and took these from pure testing to the selection of at least three new commercial hybrids from different breeding stations. The most important of these varieties are Guelph Millennium from Canada and Pacific Green from New Zealand. They are now grown on all six the world’s growing continents.

He currently spends most of his time working with produce businesses, growers and nurseries across the globe, helping them to develop their organisations through the use of improved plant genetics in asparagus and berries. The crops he works in are increasing in global consumption based on a range of factors, including the health benefits that they deliver. It is crucial to stay at the forefront of developments in new varieties and Jamie’s company focuses on this unique point.

Jamie feels it is vital to invest in the students of today. To this end, Global Plant Genetics is working on collaborative projects with Hadlow College, the first of which are agronomic tests on new asparagus hybrids. The trial will be run by students from Hadlow and will look at optimum planting densities of asparagus varieties bred in Canada. This work provides valuable opportunities for students to undertake relevant applied research and network with industry. Future projects will include development work in blueberries.

Jamie will spend the next three years continuing to travel the globe (he averages 50 flights a year) and working with his clients to further develop the improved asparagus and berry varieties his company is bringing to the market.

Co-Owner and Director - Global Plant Genetics Ltd

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