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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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Lara Behr

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My career highlight was designing a show garden for Macmillan Cancer Support at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. We won a gold medal.

Lara Behr
Garden Designer at Lara Behr Garden Design

“I spent a year at Hadlow’s Mottingham centre, studying 2 days a week for RHS Level 2 certificates in Practical Horticulture and Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. I chose to attend because of Hadlow’s reputation for horticultural learning and the convenience of the location.

“My favourite aspect of studying here was combining the two courses - learning the theory and then putting into practice on the practical course; having areas in the grounds to experiment with plants and maintenance techniques such as pruning, seed sowing etc.

“The practical experience and plant knowledge I gained at Hadlow helps my work as a garden designer because I am always conscious of the practical element when designing new planting schemes. I’m more aware of the maintenance involved, and that helps me have better conversations with clients regarding realistic expectations of what maintenance programmes their new garden might need.

“After Hadlow, I went to study garden design full-time for a year at the London College of Garden Design. Since then, I’ve been working as a garden designer. That job involves designing soft and hard landscaping schemes, project management of the builds, planting up new gardens and advising clients on managing their new gardens - I tend to stay involved for at least a year afterwards.

“My career highlight was designing a show garden for Macmillan Cancer Support at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. We won a gold medal, Best in Category and People’s Choice. The garden was relocated to the grounds of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, where I’m now designing a courtyard garden within the hospital to be a retreat for staff, patients and visitors.

“If I was to advise others seeking a similar role to my own, I’d say it’s always good to combine learning theory with practical experience. Recognised qualifications, such as the RHS certificates gave me the confidence to start out. Nothing beats actually trying things out in your own garden – it teaches me something every day, it’s my space for experimenting and then I can use what I learn in client’s gardens.”

Find out more about Lara and her work on her website.

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