Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties

Course CodeVHT220
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1020 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

Online Foundation Diploma 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.


Undertake our 20 hour course on Plant Taxonomy


Complete Horticulture II


Undertake 9 elective modules each focused on a different type of plant.

Enrol today and get a free 20 hours self study course in Plant Taxonomy!


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Foundation Diploma in Plant Varieties.
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 Plant Taxonomy (Short Course) SGH9
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 9 of the following 40 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
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Geraniums & Pelargoniums VHT113
 Growing Camellias VHT109
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Growing Grevilleas VHT118
 Growing Iris VHT111
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Conifers BHT230
 Culinary Herbs VHT242
 Deciduous Trees BHT224
 Growing Lavender BHT228
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Nut Production BHT219
 Orchid Culture BHT232
 Palms & Cycads BHT233
 Roses BHT231
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Tropical Plants BHT234
 Viticulture BHT220
 Agronomy II -Grains BAG309
 Agronomy III Root Crops BAG310
 Berry Production BHT309
 Bonsai BHT320
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
 Cut Flower Bulbs BHT317
 Ferns BHT314
 Growing Annuals BHT319
 Interior Plants (Indoor Plants) BHT315
 Perennials BHT316
 Proteas BHT318
 Turf Grasses BHT342

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

Learn Why We Plant

There are four reasons for planting:

Crop Production: To grow something that can be harvested such as a vegetable, fruit or nut.

Amenity Function : Planting is primarily to serves some distinct function (other than harvest); such as control of environmental factors (i.e. temperature, wind, shade etc.) or provision of a boundary to an area.

Aesthetics: This serves to beautify, or create a particular atmosphere or appearance.

Conservation: This acts to conserve particular species (or varieties) of plants or to preserve some particular type of environment (eg. erosion control).  For example: Habitat of the Barred Bandicoot.  An area of creek land in Hamilton, Australia has been planted with Eucalyptus ovata, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Bursaria spinosa, Acacia mearnsii, Acacia melanoxylon and Leptospermum lanigerum. This area is populated by a small colony of the rare barred bandicoot. It is hoped by this selected planting, an environment will be created which will encourage the continuation of this colony.

  • In Ocean Grove, Australia, an 800 acre Crown Land Reserve operates an interesting tree planting scheme. Visitors to the reserve are invited to plant a tree. Trees can be purchased from the warden at a reasonable price or alternatively you can bring your own tree. Control over species planted is exercised by the warden, of course with a measured degree of discretion.
  • In the UK the Woodland Trust offers a similar scheme whereby individuals can pay for a tree to be planted in one of a number of trust operated forest conservation programs.

Different families of plants have different requirements when it comes to such things as shade tolerance, temperature, water requirements and soil type.  They also differ in levels of hardiness, longevity and growth patterns. Understanding these and other differences is essential when choosing plants for the landscape .

Learn to Select and Establish the Right Plant in the Right Place

There are so many thousands of different plants available to choose from; and so many different reasons to plant them; that the task of choosing and establishing a plant is far from simple if you want to do the best job you can. If you understand this, then you understand why this course could be the best thing you ever do in preparing for a future in horticulture.

You can start at any time

You can enrol on the Foundation Diploma In Plant Varieties at any time. The course is studied by distance learning, and you are supported in your studies by our expert 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.


Who Will Benefit From This Course?

  • People who work or would like to work in Amenity Horticulture
  • Those working in parks and gardens already
  • Those who want a very general and broad knowledge of plants
  • Nursery persons working in wholesale, retail and propagation nurseries




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