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RHS Level 3: Plant taxonomy, structure, and function

Wednesday 19 April 2017 13:00

RHS-QUALIFICATIONS-MARK-RGBv1Are you a keen gardener, passionate about plants and wanting to learn more? Do you want to start or develop your exisiting career in horticulture?

Building on the basic principles of plant science this module will allow you an understanding of the principles of plant classification and nomenclature, the role and function of higher plants' anatomical and morphological features. In addition the module examines the relevance of plant processes such as photosynthesis to the horticultural industry.

This module starts on Wednesday 19th April 1-4pm 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 - The Plant Kingdom and the taxonomic hierarchy.

Week 2 - Structure and function of plant tissues and organs in the life of the plant.

Week 3 - Photosynthesis & respiration and their relevance to horticulture.

Week 4 - Water movement in a the plant.

Week 5 - The role of plant growth regulators in plant development.

Week 6 - The use of synthetic plant growth regulators in horticultural situations.


This course is a module of the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.  The RHS Level 3 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 3 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 experience or those who have completed the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture or equivalent.

What does it cost?

£70 per module (No concessions)

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 Garden