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Tuesday RHS Level 2: Garden features, plant selection and planning

Tuesday 09 January 2018 13:00


This is a unit of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture and starts on Tuesday 9th January 1-3.30pm 6 weekly sessions. The unit is also taught on a Thursday starting 11th January

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.

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

Week 1 - Where to start & site appraisals

Week 2 - Measuring gardens and scale drawings

Week 3 - Basic garden planning principles; shape, symmetry, asymmetry, 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


The RHS Level 2 is taught at Ness on a rolling programme of eight units, each lasting 6 weeks. You can begin at the start of any unit and study as many unit as you like.

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.

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

Venue Details

Bulley Room & the Gardens