Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties

Course CodeVHT220
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1040 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Online qualification in Plant Varieties - become a plant professional

Many people work with plants, but never really get to know them well. Some are gardeners, others may be planners, architects, engineers, developers, builders, fertiliser salesmen or something else.

Being able to identify and successfully work with thousands of different plants is and always has been a valued attribute.

This course can help you be that type of plantsman.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties.
 Planting What Where SGH3
 Plant Taxonomy (Short Course) SGH9
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 10 of the following 36 modules.
 Acacias VHT114
 African Violets VHT105
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Azaleas And Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cacti And Succulent Culture VHT108
 Carnivorous Plants VHT107
 Fuchsias VHT112
 Geraniums & Pelargoniums VHT113
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Growing Iris VHT111
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Plants for Permaculture (Permaculture II) VSS105
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Conifers BHT230
 Culinary Herbs VHT242
 Deciduous Trees BHT224
 Growing Lavender BHT228
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Palms & Cycads BHT233
 Roses BHT231
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Tropical Plants BHT234
 Berry Production BHT309
 Bonsai BHT320
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
 Cut Flower Bulbs BHT317
 Growing Annuals BHT319
 Growing Grain Crops BAG309
 Interior Plants (Indoor Plants) BHT315
 Perennials BHT316
 Turf Grasses BHT342
 Water Gardening BHT307

Note that each module in the Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Plants are critical to human existence.

They provide much of our food, fuel, building materials, pharmaceuticals and other needs. They are an integral part of our environment, having a profound effect on both our physical and psychological well being.

Around one third or more of all plants in cultivation can contain toxic chemicals.  If we incorrectly identify plants, we will use plants inappropriately, and that can have a dramatic and often very negative effect upon what we are trying to achieve with those plants. 

Accurate plant identification is a skill which should be an absolute necessity for anyone working in horticulture. Taxonomy is the practice and science used to classify organisms, and in our case plants, through identification, description and nomenclature. To attempt to select, grow and use any plants, in any context, without taxonomic skill is at best fool hardy, and at worst outright dangerous.


Who is this course for?

  • Anyone with a passion for plants - amateur or professional.
  • An entry level course for a career.
  • A foundation for developing entrepreneurial business interests with plants.
  • Professional Development for Gardeners, Horticulturists, Biologists, Environmentalists and Agriculturists.
  • Staff training for employees working in plant nurseries, gardens, parks or amenity horticulture.


You can enrol today

The Foundation Diploma In Plant Varieties is studied by distance learning. You can start at any time and will benefit from excellent support from our highly knowledgeable Horticulture Tutors.

If you have any questions, contact us on (UK) 01384 442752, or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or use our FREE COURSE ADVICE SERVICE.

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