Community Learning: An Introduction to Horticulture for Beginners

Course overview

If you’re curious about the plants you see in the world around you, or you perhaps want to know more about the intricacies of making compost, this relaxing and informative course has it all.

You’ll gain hands-on knowledge and advice from one of our horticulture specialists, whilst meeting and befriending like-minded people.

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of FREE courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 or over.
You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • either have a mental health condition or difficulty
  • are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum
  • in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims)
  • are a single parent
  • have a social or emotional difficulty

For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Learning page.

The course is set on one Friday a week, over five weeks. 

Modules include:

Week 1: Vegetable growing for beginners.
Week 2: Identifying garden plants, and How to make compost.
Week 3: Plant propagation
Week 4: Making wildflower seed bombs and Planting up containers for summer.
Week 5: Herb growing and cultivation and How to succeed at Houseplants.

All that’s required for entry onto this course is enthusiasm for the subject!

You may wish to bring along a notepad and pen to take notes.

There are many horticulture courses  offered here at Merrist Wood and one of our admissions team or your tutor would be more than happy to discuss next steps with you, after this course.

Lunch is not provided so please feel free to use the catering outlets on site, or bring your own packed lunch and drink.
Free parking in the student car park.

Course Starts in 15 Days
  • 7 June 2022 - 5 July 2022
  • 09:15 - 16:00
  • Tuesday
  • 5 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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Alternatively enrol by phone quoting OC02CP0A021Q or ask a question

Meet the tutors

We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.