Five good things about our courses

  • You will learn key skills to start you off in gardening, so that you can build on them, with confidence, yourself.
  • These are practical courses where you will get your hands dirty, unlike many other short gardening courses, which are purely theoretical.
  • They're ideal for people who are working and can't attend full-time college courses.
  • The course structure allows you to practise each set of skills over a growing season, in between each Saturday of delivery.
  • Book all eight days together (and the Review and Assessment days) and get a 10% discount and an Eden Project Annual Pass, giving you free entry for a year.

Who are they for?

Our gardening courses are ideal for anyone who wants to develop their practical gardening skills and knowledge, whether you're:

  • a keen amateur
  • beginning a career in horticulture 
  • thinking of changing your career and going into horticulture.

The programme of eight one-day practical gardening sessions is taught by the experts in the Eden Horticultural Team. The eight sessions can be enjoyed one by one or taken as a complete course.

The course provided a great foundation for someone like myself looking to undertake a career change into horticulture... The accessibility, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Eden team is key to the course's success.

Stephen, participant

Where do they take place?

The courses are taught at the main Eden Project site in Cornwall, and Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery nearby.

What sort of qualification could I get?

Those who take all eight courses, plus the Review and Assessment days, have the opportunity to get a Certificate in Practical Horticulture. Download a pdf of the full course programme, dates and venues.

We've collaborated on this course with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), which has been training students and professionals in horticulture for over a century. The RBGE Certificate in Practical Horticulture is a modern qualification that draws on this wealth of experience.

The assessment and verification guidelines are administered by both Eden and RBGE, which ensures that the qualification is standardised worldwide. This international qualification has been taught in Oman, Turkey, Laos and Thailand.

How to book

Teaching for the Certificate in Practical Horticulture has now begun, so the next opportunity to enrol is in September 2017.

Resources for current students

Plant identification list pdf

Plant identification photos pdf

Study for a degree in horticulture

We also offer the opportunity to study for one of a number of university-level degrees in horticulture (Horticulture; Plant Science; Garden and Landscape Design). These are taught in the Eden Project’s unique learning environment, and are awarded by Plymouth University. Find out more.