Flower bed

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.

Forthcoming horticulture courses & workshops

Introduction to Horticulture

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 (level2) Certificate in Horticulture.

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that enhances everyday walking with the use of poles.

Herbs of Highlands

Learn all about the natural and nutritious remedies (and feel something of the magic!) of our native Celtic flora.

Garden Design for Gardeners

This new garden design course focuses mainly on the selection of plants for various settings and growing conditions, and explains how to create that all important year round interest for your garden. Taught by John Taylor.

Grow Your Own Vegetables - Session 3: Maintenance

Want to grow your own vegetables but don't know when to start?

Rhododendron Identification

Lean to identify some common rhododendrons through an introduction to identification using keys. Includes a lab-based session and walk to practise some of the techniques learned.

'Seasearch' Seaweeds Identification Course

'Seasearch' Seaweeds Identification Course

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are running a 2-day Seasearch Seaweed Identification Course based at Eyemouth, Scotland, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014. The course is open to divers and non-divers, whatever your existing level of knowledge, and aims to teach the basic biology of seaweeds, key methods of identification and collection techniques.

Fern Identification

There are around 70 species of fern and on this one-day workshop you will learn some of the simple skills to identify the most common ones around Edinburgh. You will also learn about their life cycle and useful distinguishing features, and enjoy putting your new knowledge into practice in the Garden.

Your Garden in Summer

With everything in full swing in the garden in summer, there are a host of jobs to do.

Your Garden in Summer

With everything in full swing in the garden in summer, there are a host of jobs to do- find out how to keep your flowering plants looking their best and avoid a tired- looking garden in the height of summer. Taught by John Taylor.

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