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RHS Level 2: Garden features, plant selection and planning

21 April 2016 13:00 - 26 May 2016 15:30

Are you a keen gardener, passionate about plants and wanting to learn more? Or do you want to start a career in horticulture?

This course will allow you to understand and put into practice basic surveying, design principles and to apply them to good garden design and planning

This courses starts on Thursday 21 April 1-30pm 6 weekly sessions.

Course Overview

The course is taught through talks; demonstrations and a range of activities both in the classroom and out in the gardens (weather permitting).  Please come dressed in suitable clothing for the weather (i.e. waterproof jackets and wear suitable shoes). Also bring pen and paper.

Week 1 - Where to start & site appraisals

Week 2 - Measuring gardens and scale drawings

Week 3 - Basic garden planning principles; shape, symmetry, colour, focal points and movement

Week 4 - Characteristics of accepted garden design styles; formality and informality, Landscape, Knot Gardens, Cottage gardens and ecological related plantings.

Week 5 - Effective and appropriate use of hard landscaping materials 

Week 6 - Planting plans and effective use of plants


This course is a module of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.  The RHS Level 2 is taught at Ness on a rolling programme of eight modules, each lasting 6 weeks. You can begin at the start of any module and study as many modules as you like.

Find out more about the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture


Who is it suitable for?

18+. There are no formal entry requirements; although the course is aimed at gardeners with some experience or those who have completed some level 1 courses.

What does it cost?

£65 (£60 Friends of Ness Gardens & University of Liverpool Staff) per module

Do I need to book a place?

Yes - Contact Ness Gardens t. 0151 795 6300 (10am-4pm) or at the admissions desk on your next visit.

Venue Details

Bulley Room & the Gardens

For tickets call 0845 0304063