RBGE Certificate in Herbology

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The RBGE Certificate in Herbology is a great way to learn about medicinal plants – how to find, recognise and use them. The focused content of this ten week programme takes you on a journey through some of the more intriguing moments to be found within the history of western herbal medicine, and these are used as inspiration for further study and research, combined with a complementary physic garden visit, wild herb gathering and the exploration of a myriad of different herbal habitats.

This is the perfect way to begin to develop your materia medica (knowledge of healing botanicals), botanising and green pharmacy (herbal remedy making) skills, and will provide the perfect stepping stone for those wishing to progress on to the RBGE Diploma in Herbology or simply further existing knowledge after completing one or more of our introductory herbal programmes.

As with all the herbology programmes being delivered here at RBGE, the Certificate in Herbology affords a wonderful opportunity to study herbs in the in a holistic environment – the Garden itself. The practical content of the course is intended to be uniquely therapeutic, from the mixing and making of herbal remedies, to herb gathering walks, and especially our woodland and sea shore explorations.

This course will introduce you to many of the key RGBE Diploma in Herbology subjects of study, and will give you the 'herbal' confidence required to make the most of your further studies in this field. If you wish to progress onto the diploma, further details may be found by clicking here.

How to Apply

You download the Applicant's Handbook from the 'Downloads' box on the right. This contains further information and an application form. Candidates will be selected on a first come first served basis.

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This course presents students with a selection of research-based and practical projects that will take in many of the Garden’s ‘wild’ herb and arboreal collections and provides Library and Herbarium access as required.

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