Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 17:00

Participants of the Eden Project’s Practical Horticulture course have received their certificates in a special presentation in the Mediterranean Biome.

The course, run in conjunction with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a practical, hands-on programme designed to encourage gardeners of all abilities.

The budding gardeners, who completed the full course earlier in the summer, were given their Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificates in Practical Horticulture by Sir Tim Smit, the Eden Project’s Chief Executive, Development, who congratulated the recipients on gaining a valuable qualification in a profession that is becoming more and more important.

The eight-part course, which will be returning in September, is ideal for anyone who wants to hone their basic gardening skills, from keen amateurs to those considering a career in the field.

Classes are led by Eden’s team of skilled horticulturists and take place at the home of the world-famous Biomes, as well as at the project’s Watering Lane nursery near Pentewan.

Participants of all ages and abilities can choose to undertake the series of eight hands-on informative, one-day short courses either together as an entire 9-month programme or alternatively as individual units.  An additional practice day and assessment day in June are provided for those who have completed all eight courses and wish to gain the jointly badged Eden Project and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

The modules that will be covered include Understanding Plants, Plant Health Problems, Soils and Composting, Vegetative Propagation and Established Plant Maintenance.                       

Don Murray, Eden’s Chair of Horticulture, said: “The Certificate in Practical Horticulture continues to be a growing success giving new gardeners the practical skills that enable them to garden successfully. “It’s also becoming an increasingly popular continual development tool for aspiring professional horticulturists as well as amateur gardeners. The course is a great opportunity to not only polish up practical skills but also add to your CV.”

Megan Lodge, who completed the course this year, said: “The way that the staff pass on their passion is contagious. To see plants celebrated at the Eden site is great as a gardener, and to work at the nursery where all the magic happens is so inspiring. Anyone interested in gardening will naturally light up there.”

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been delivering high quality practical horticulture training for more than 100 years. Its partnership with Eden to offer this programme highlights a wealth of experience, sustainable thinking and knowledge surrounding the important relationship between plants and people.

The courses start again on Saturday, September 8 with Understanding Plants. Each individual unit of the course will cost £50, with a 10 per cent discount available to those who book the entire course.

Places can be booked through the Eden box office on 01726 818762. For more information, go to: