Horticulture is, of course, one of our great specialities here at the Botanics. We offer the professional level HND/BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship as well as many workshops and short courses in horticulture give you endless ways to learn about what interests you in gardening. You can find out about forthcoming short courses and workshops below.
We also offer the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, an internationally recognised qualification providing a broad-based understanding of horticultural techniques and plant biology, and the RBGE Certificate in Practical Horticulture, our international standard qualification that allows you to develop all the basic hands-on skills for a career in horticulture.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sun 28 Sept 2014
On this one-day workshop you will learn to distinguish your roots from your shoots and your axils from your apices on this hands-on introduction to botany using the plants we know best.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Wed 1 Oct — Wed 10 Dec 2014
A ten-week theoretical course covering a range of topics, from soil science to pruning to plant anatomy. Suitable as an overview of horticulture for absolute beginners, or as a stepping stone to the RHS (level 2) Certificate in Horticulture.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Thurs 2 Oct — Thurs 27 Nov 2014
Aimed at the complete beginner and using living plants from the garden, this eight-week course investigates the identification, function and ecology of familiar plant species. Useful as a pre-course to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Thurs 2 Oct — Thurs 16 Jan 2014
This 11-week course looks at the ways in which humans have used plants from preagricultural societies, through to the drive for sustainable plant use in the present day. A module of the BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 11 Oct 2014
Autumn in the garden is much more than raking leaves, with some wonderful late-flowering plants and plenty of critical jobs to be getting on with, to set up for the winter and the following year.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 25 Oct 2014 — Sat 6 June 2015
Want to grow your own vegetables but don't know when to start?
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 1 Nov 2014 — Sat 5 Sept 2015
This two-day course will explain and tackle the bewildering choice of rootstocks and varieties, as well as general maintenance or summer pruning to help you establish trained fruit for your garden with confidence.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 13 Dec 2014
Make your own selection of seasonal herbal gifts just in time for Christmas on this one-day workshop! Includes Chocolate Orange Balm, Winter Spice Oil and Mulled Wine Mix.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 7 — Sun 8 Feb 2015
This two-day workshop will particularly focus on the drawing skills and principles of garden design to help you create an outdoor space.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sat 7 Feb 2015
This one-day workshop is designed for complete beginners and will equip you with the skills to identify trees throughout the year.