Horticulture & Gardening Courses Online

Do you want a green flourishing garden? Want to start your own horticulture business?  Our online horticulture courses offer you the chance to study gardening and horticulture with no prior knowledge required.  These horticulture courses are practical online courses designed by experts to help you learn with tutor support as you progress through your studies.

Our horticulture courses:

  • Online 24/7 access
  • full tutor support
  • affordable with flexible payment plans
  • developed by experts in their field and reviewed regularly
  • come with a 7 day full refund no questions asked.
Horticulture & Gardening Courses Online
  • Choose a Course

  • Learn PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY with expert tutor support You will learn the essential plant physiology and taxonomy.  This course will give you a sound introduction to plant morphology and anatomy; in agriculture, horticulture, environmental or plant science. Base knowledge for careers in teaching, pharmaceuticals or for those seeking a pathway to undergraduate plant specialist […]
  • This course gets you started, providing a sound foundation from our team of academics who have decades of experience with aquaculture and hydroponics. What to expect: Aquaponics combines plant cultivation with aquaculture to produce edible plants (eg. vegetables, herbs, fruits) and animals (eg. fish, crayfish), from the same system. It can be a highly productive, […]
  • Managing a production nursery involves more than just propagating and potting up plants. Even the small nursery must be able to not only producer plants, but do it at a predetermined cost, then sustain those plants before and during marketing. The nursery industry currently has a real need for people with skills and knowledge in […]
  • There are many different types of mushrooms. To understand the culture of one gives you a head start to understanding others. In this 100-hour course, you will focus on the most widely cultivated mushroom (ie. Agaricus). This course is suitable for: anyone interested in growing mushrooms self sufficiency growers commercial mushroom producers This online course […]
  • Why study this Landscaping Home Gardens course? Do you want to learn how to plan, lay out, and construct your own home garden? Careerline’s online Landscaping Home Gardens course will help you achieve your landscaping goals. Whether you want to landscape your own garden or turn your interest in landscaping into a career, this course […]
  • Growing and Using Citrus
    What to expect: The citrus genus varies widely in respect to the variety of species and fruit types within it, popular ones being cumquats, limes, lemons, oranges, mandarins and less common fruits like buddha’s hand, pomelos, finger limes and the japanese yuzu. They earn their place in your backyard with divine white scented blooms and […]
  • Edible Legumes
    What to expect: This edible legume crops short course is a thorough explanation of how to identify edible legumes and grow essential legume crops for food. Topic includes chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, clovers, lupins, lucerne, soybeans and many more legumes that are essential for food supply. How does it work? At the end of each […]
  • Understanding how to use structural features such as arches, pergolas and pavilions are essential in landscaping. What to expect: Other elements are also important to consider, such as choosing the proper plant varieties for each location; maintaining plants in confined spaces; deciding what water features available in the market can be used in landscape, adjustments […]
  • Aromatherapy is the use of aroma/scent/fragrance for therapeutic reasons. Scent can be used in a variety of therapeutic ways, such as candles, incense, hair and body products. Oils can also be used as a complementary treatment or massage treatment. This course looks at the principles of aromatherapy, the benefits of common scents and how these […]
  • Taxonomy is the science that underpins accurate plant classification and naming. Taxonomy is not taught often enough today – a fact widely recognized by those who work with plants at all levels, from tradesmen to professionals – gardeners, landscapers, nurserymen, crop farmers, arborists and others – through to scientists, environmental managers and farmers. This course […]
  • Why study this Greenhouse Management course? If you have a passion for plants and want your garden to thrive all year long, Careerline’s online Greenhouse Management course is designed for you. The skills you learn in this course will help you become a more knowledgeable hobbyist, and you will be well-informed when setting up and […]
  • Study vertical gardening online in this short course. Explore ways of growing plants in small spaces for amenity or as a crop. Vertical farming is a logical and effective way of growing vegetables, fruits and herbs in urban areas not only for personal needs, but also as a small commercial farm. This course has been […]
  • Learn Essential Gardening Skills in your own pace Gardening can be a lot of fun, a hobby or a job. Without an understanding of the basics though, mistakes are easily made. Time and money can be wasted doing gardening tasks incorrectly, or with the wrong equipment and materials. This short course can be studied in […]
  • Do you have a great garden center or work in a garden center but want to improve sales skills? This industry-focused 20 hour sales skills course is aimed particularly at garden centers sales staff. Input from the Garden Center of Australia Association and the writing of professionals in this field, has allowed this course to […]
  • Plant Taxonomy  (i.e. the scientific identification of plants) has been increasingly sidelined and neglected in horticulture, agriculture, botany and science courses. This is really something that EVERYONE who works with plants should study.  This short course is a great way to become proficient in understanding the essentials in plant taxonomy. To the ill informed, it is […]
  • Learn the art of Pruning Pruning is an ancient art. Man has been using it to tame plants for centuries as well as to promote desirable plant growth like flowers and fruits. However, not all plants benefit from pruning and the amount you can safely prune varies from species to species. Some plants only flower […]
  • It always seems that the more work you do in a garden, the more pest and disease problems seem to appear. For this reason, the keen home gardener and the professional landscaper need to be aware about what pests and diseases they may come in contact with, and how to control them. This Study Guide […]
  • The Fruit and Vegetable short course is a 20 hour short course that will give you the confidence and the knowledge to start your own fruit and vegetable garden at home. Get to know all of the in’s and out’s of growing fruit and vegetables at home, including the right plants to grow in your […]
  • Gain the skills and the knowledge in Designing Gardens in this short self-paced course. Designing your own garden can be one of the most creative things that you ever do – producing a living sculpture that gives you years of enjoyment. The secret to good garden design is a plan and having the skills and […]
  • The Planting What Where short course will provide you with an understanding of plant knowledge that will help you select plants that are right for your garden.  Whether you are a professional or a home gardener, this course will help ensure that you are not wasting time and money by selecting the wrong plants for your […]
  • Study Medicinal Herbs (Short course) – a great start for a new career or for those who want know about herbal medicine for their family. If you are curious about using herbs for medicinal purposes, the Medicinal Herbs short course will provide you with a great place to start. This self-guided course leads you through […]
  • If you are serious about starting your own commercial herb farm or nursery, or maybe an organic herb enterprise, then this course is for you. Study herbs online in this 400 hour/ 2-year duration course. Study two core modules (Herb Culture and Organic Farming) and select two electives from a range of 7 electives allowing […]
  • Become a cactus expert with this 100 hr course You will learn the ins and outs of growing cacti and succulents in this fully tutored course.  Be guided by our expert horticulture tutors and get the most from your plants. Course Aims: Develop knowledge of botanical naming conventions and their application in understanding the horticultural […]
  • For most people, a nut is a type of food and a delightful food at that! Strictly speaking, not all nuts are edible; but this course is only concerned with edible nuts and in particular, the ones that are grown more extensively around the world in warm climates. The tropical nut trees are dependent on your locality […]
  • This course is designed to develop your ability to select and cultivate appropriate varieties of bulbs as cut flowers, in different situations. It gives you an understanding of the plant families bulbs belong to, their cultural needs, how to prevent and treat pest and disease problems plus the basis of horticultural knowledge: soil types and […]
  • Learn the processes required to tap into the commercial organic vegetable market. This extensive course provides a wealth of knowledge and practical skills and shows you how to market your produce. Learn all aspects of organic vegetable production. Gain practical knowledge in this growing industry. Enhance your job prospects. Study in your own time at your […]
  • What is agronomy? Agronomy is the growing of field crops for use as human food, animal feed, fibre, oil seed production and some industrial products. Agronomy includes crops such as wheat, and cotton but does not cover vegetable, fruit, forestry and flower crops.  This agronomy course covers specifically the production of broadleaf crops. What will […]
  • Minimize pest problems, and creating productive farms and healthy gardens without relying upon artificial chemicals – all that takes knowledge, and sometimes a little more hard work. Through this course you can lay a foundation in the skills needed to be an effective organic gardener or farmer. Course Aims: Explain the concepts and principles of […]
  • What is Organic Farming?  Organic farming is an agricultural method that reduces or elimiates reliance on the use of chemicals.  Specifically it relies on techniques such as crop rotations, composting, soil improvement, green manuring and pest control strategies. Organic produce is increasing in popularity due to concerns of chemical residues on food for consumption and […]
  • Learn to identify and grow a wide range of edible nuts Learn from professional university trained horticulturists with decades of industry experience Build networks within industry and discover opportunities for commercial production or self sufficiency With increased pressure on food supply & the environment, opportunities for food production experts are set to expand in the future -Now is […]
  • An essential introduction to the fruit growing industry for temperate climates. Gain important skills for successful fruit growing. Learn orchard management, soils, planting, irrigation, pruning, cultural practices, pest control, stone fruits, fruit trees, nuts, vines and much more. This course is for the serious grower! All you need to know to set up a successful fruit growing […]
  • Learn about identifying, growing and using Australian Indigenous Plants for Food. There are many Australian plants that are edible, and even some that are in very high demand as foods throughout the world.  This course focuses on the cultivation of Australian bush foods and is suitable for anyone wanting to grow these plants commercially or […]
  • If you dream of starting your own organic farm this course can help you get there. Gain skills in organic farming and pick from a range of electives to focus in on your area of interest.    
  • Good soil conditions are critical to the healthy growth of most plants. Nutrient levels, pH, salinity, depth, texture (properties of sand and clay), structure (form and arrangement), porosity (air space), consistence (the ability of soil to withstand rupture) and even colour can affect plant growth independently or interdependently. Over eight lessons this course will develop […]
  • Good soil conditions are critical to the healthy growth of most plants. Over eight lessons this course will develop an understanding of physical & chemical properties of soils, the ability to carry out simple tests and determine soil characteristics, and to decide ways of treating a soil to improve its ability to grow plants. The […]
  • If you already work with irrigation, greens, gardens and parks but need to take it to the next level this course is for you. If you are getting started in irrigation then we suggest you complete Irrigation (Gardens) first. Study Irrigation Management Online Self paced study 100 hours over 12 months Expert help from our qualified tutors The […]
  • This is a ten lesson course that covers the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems.  For students already working with irrigation but wanting to learn more we recommend Irrigation Management (Horticulture). Learn about the equipment and techniques used for plant watering Learn to irrigate plants in gardens, plant nurseries, indoors, greenhouses, etc. Become […]
  • Do you need to improve your crop yields?  Correct irrigation set and management may be what is required.  Learn to management water on your property / workplace with improved efficiency and design.  This is a sound foundation course introducing you to the basics of irrigation design and management. Course Aims:  Explain the significance of soil in […]
  • Why study this Green Walls and Roofs course? Learn how to grow the wall and roof gardens you have always dreamed of with Careerline’s online Green Walls and Roofs course. Designed as an introduction to vertical gardening, you will learn the basics of planning, constructing, planting, and maintaining small- and large-scale wall and roof gardens. […]
  • “Study the design and application of water features” This course is a splash!  Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens (fountains, streams, ponds, waterfalls, etc). Water gardens may be small or large, and when used properly can bring movement, sounds and a character to a garden […]
  • Careerline’s online Playground Design course is ideal for landscapers, childcare managers, early childhood and primary educators, town planners, gardeners, and builders who want to improve their professional skills. It is also ideal for parents and guardians of young children who hope to build their own backyard playground. You will learn skills that will improve the quality of your playground designs, as well as improve your career prospects.
  • This is a great course for landscape consultants, garden designers, horticultural advisors, project managers, or anyone else who works with landscapes and needs to improve their ability to survey, evaluate and plan development work on a site. Every site has a unique set of micro climatic and soil conditions. Other factors such as the site’s […]
  • Over ten lessons this course develops your understanding of how natural environments work and the concepts of natural garden design. Know how to produce concept and detailed innovative plans for low maintenance natural gardens (eg. woodland gardens, desert gardens, wild gardens, indigenous plant gardens, etc.) using indigenous plants or a mixture of indigenous and other […]
  • LEARN TO DESIGN IN A WIDE RANGE OF GARDEN DESIGN STYLES! Learn to apply the principles, design features and elements that make up many types and styles of gardens. This is an outstanding course for even experienced landscape designers, developing skills in developing everything from a formal to an eclectic garden, and a Mediterranean to […]
  • Learn garden design online!  Be guided by expert horticultural tutors. Learn the principles that underpin all design. See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying affects. This garden design course online will get you designing beautiful, purposeful gardens appropriate for […]
  • This online garden design course can either fine tune the important landscaping skills you acquired upon completion of the Introduction to Garden Design course, or it can be taken as a self contained study unit. It is equally suited to those already working or looking to work in the industry, or enthusiastic gardeners with good […]
  • Study the practicalities of building a garden landscape This online landscaping course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape – as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the “right” way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry. Course Aims: Manage […]
  • An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills. This is garden history course is not only for students of garden design, but also for practicing professional designers, and horticulturists who wish to broaden their understanding of gardens across many countries and over the centuries. Based upon curriculum […]
  • cottage garden path.
    Learn what a cottage garden is, and how to apply the principles of this concept to garden design and garden renovation.  In this cottage garden design course you will discover the History of Cottage Gardens, Planting Design for Cottage Gardens, Features and Components of Cottage Gardens (eg. Arches, furniture, lattice, sundials, barriers and walls) and […]
  • Learn where and how to grow tropical plants Create a Tropical Garden or Grow them as Indoor plants Propagate, Breed, Collect Tropicals -indulge a passion or start a indoor plant business Study many of the significant tropical plants including: Heliconias, Alpinia, Hedychium, Zingiber, Musa, Costus, Cordylines, palms and cycads, climbers, shrubs, trees, orchids, ferns, Aroids […]
  • Lean to grow a scented garden, or grow scented plants as crops for use in crafts, potpurri and more.  This course covers all aspects of plant types, cultivation, harvest, varieties and commercial applications. Course Aims: Know the plant naming system and the uses of scented plants. There are many ways you might classify scented plants. […]
  • Learn all aspects of Protea botany and culture in this unique home study course. Proteas would be perfect for use in low maintenance low water use gardens. Visitors to this is the same situation as natives. They will fit good in most Australian native landscape and garden styles, from large courtyard attributes. They will give […]
  • This course covers all aspects of the culture, propagation and commercial uses of Palms and Cycads. It is suitable for both horticulturalists and home growers. Course Aims: Distinguish between the characteristics of different types of palms and cycads. Determine general cultural practices, including propagation, for growing palms and cycads. Choose palms and cycads to suit […]
  • Orchids belong to one of the two largest families of flowering plants, Orchidaceae. Orchids are found globally growing in nearly every habitat including Macquarie Island and above the artic circle!  Growing orchids is challenging but worth while, and there are many tricks of the trade. Careerline’s Orchid growing course will help you to succeed in […]
  • This course will give you the opportunity to become an expert in this field. Perennials are gaining popularity – many are dry garden tolerant and as a result many people are showing an interest in growing and learning about such a diverse range of plant species. A great fully rounded course covering diverse aspects of […]
  • Learn to successfully grown indoor plants.  This is a course equally applicable to the professional interior plantscaper or the home owner (or interior decorator) who aspires to achieve the very best results with their indoor plants. This course along with Tropical Plants are suitable for those thinking about an Indoor Plant Business as well as those who are simply passionate about indoor plantings.
  • Develop your ability to select and cultivate appropriate varieties of Grevilleas in different situations.Grevilleas are a wide group of plants, all but seven species coming from Australia. They are widespread across Australia, occurring in both cool temperate, and hot tropical climates.There are around 250 species. About half of these are native to the south west […]
  • Study the different methods of growing and harvesting carnations. A serious course equally valuable to the home enthusiast or the commercial cut flower grower. You learn about growing quality carnations (planting, watering, pest & disease control, fertilizing), different ways of growing them (e.g. as row crops in soil, in hydroponics, in a greenhouse); and harvesting, […]
  • A detailed course for identifying, growing and harvesting irises.  This is a valuable course for anyone with a serious interest in irises either as a commercial grower or an enthusiastic home collector. Course Aims: Explain the taxonomy of Iris Explain the normal cultural requirements for different types or Iris. Breed and propagate Iris. Describe the […]
  • Learn about camellias and their use.   Beautiful camellias require little attention, once established, and yet there is so much to know about them. This course is a wonderful way of learning about the different groups of camellias (eg. japonicas, sasanquas, reticulatas), their special characteristics, and their culture. For amateurs and professionals; plant collectors, camellia enthusiasts, […]
  • Become an expert in growing and maintaining annual flowering plants”Become an expert with annual flowers. Learn to identify and grow them, to produce a continual blaze of colour through the seasons. An annual is any plant which completes its full lifecycle in one year.Generally annuals are grown in the garden for a period of less […]
  • Learn all about geraniums and pelargoniums.  There is more to Geranium and Pelargoniums than meets the eye! These wonderful plants have been seen on our window boxes for hundreds of years and are a big part of many garden lovers lives. Learn ways to maintain them to optimum performance. Learn how to avoid problems that […]
  • An intensive course on the growth and culture of fuchsias.  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about fuchsias, from soil management and feeding to pruning and propagation. Discover how fuchsias are classified into several major groups, the characteristics of those groups and how/where to grow different types to achieve the best results. Course Aims: […]
  • Learn about the identification, growth and application of ferns.  In this 100 hour course we take a detailed look at the identification and culture of ferns. There is so much more than meets the eye with these wonderful prehistoric plants. This is a course for amateurs and professionals; plant collectors and breeders,nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners […]
  • Identify and Grow hundreds of different Eucalypts.  This is a comprehensive foundation course on the genus Eucalypts covering identification, culture (propagation, soils, landscape uses, feeding), and uses. Throughout the course you build both a knowledge of the group as a whole, and of the range of species you can identify.Eucalypts are primarily natives of Australia; […]
  • Deciduous Trees are widely planted, particularly in temperate and colder areas of the world. They are very important for both amenity horticulture and forestry. This course is a great foundation study for new or experienced horticulturists, landscapers, arborists, nursery workers, gardeners, parks managers; or anyone else concerned with the selection, propagation, care, maintenance or harvesting […]
  • Understand the classification and use of conifers.  Eight lessons provide you with a systematic understanding of the way conifers are classified, show you how to identify the differences between types and develop your understanding of cultural requirements common to the whole group and differences in cultural techniques needed for specific types of conifers. Sections of […]
  • Grow your own carnivorous plants.  A boutique course for the horticultural specialist or serious hobbyist. This course examines the range and cultivation of carnivorous plants providing a sound introduction to carnivorous plants and how they can be used. Nine lessons cover a range of cultivated carnivorous plants, paying particular attention to the Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes) […]
  • Learn the ancient art of Bonsai by distance learning. Join the many who have learnt the ancient oriental art of bonsai through this practical and comprehensive course. Students learn about the history of bonsai, styles, suitable plants, how to create and maintain bonsia and more in this online 100 hr self paced course. Suitable for […]
  • Learn to grow azaleas and rhododendrons to perfection”Considered by many to be the very best plants a garden can offer, azaleas and rhododendrons are some of the most popular plants grown anywhere. The course shows how to grow them to perfection, and builds your knowledge of varieties available, to give you a long lasting display […]
  • Learn to identify and grow Australian Wildflowers and Shrubs.  Be surprised how many of these stunning and unique plants can be cultivated successfully as far afield as the UK, the Middle East and North America.  While this course is designed to follow on from Australian Natives I, it may be taken by itself if your focus […]
  • Australia has one of the oldest and most diverse varieties of plants of an country. Australian natives come from tropical areas to cold temperate snow covered mountains, and from inland deserts to fertile wet rainforests. Develop your ability to identify, select, cultivate and plan a management program, for appropriate varieties of Australian native plants, in […]
  • Packed with knowledge of the native trees of Australia”This course first teaches you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests & diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting. The remaining lessons then deal with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection. Course Aims: Identify Australian […]
  • Australian native ferns are amongst some of the most beautiful in the world.  In this course you will learn to establish stunning fern gardens for all climates. You will also learn which ferns occur naturally in Australia, how to identify them, where to obtain accurate information on them, how to propagate them, growing and using […]
  • A specialist course for African Violet enthusiasts.  Designed for the African Violet enthusiast, this course covers everything from potting and feeding, to pests and propagation. You learn how African Violets are classified, and cover the exciting range of varieties available. Here’s your chance to achieve outstanding results with African Violets. Course Aims: Describe how African […]
  • Learn about care and commercial growing of Acacias – the native Australian food crop In this course you will learn about the identification, botany, and culture (planting, watering, feeding, propagation) of the wattles. Around 50 species are studied in detail.  You also learn about the commercial uses of Acacias as building materials, food plants, for […]
  • Horticultural Therapy is the use of plants and gardens for rehabilitation and human healing. It is an ancient practice and a new profession as well. It is an interaction between people, plants and gardens to improve social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. Much horticultural therapy with children is education or developmentally-based and group focused. Horticultural […]
  • Improve your career opportunities and develop your business aspirations! The course contains all the tips to develop excellent practical skills in the management of a variety of horticultural situations. It covers subject areas such as: horticultural calculations, propagation management, hard and soft landscape management, planning – identifying needs for management of horticultural sites, identifying plant tissue […]
  • A practical approach to horticultural education.. How do you learn the practical side of horticulture by distance education? This course was developed for those people who feel that they will gain more from a course that places MOST of the learning experience on learning theory – through practice. There are lots of practical horticultural tasks […]
  • Learn to select the right plant first and establish it well for guaranteed growth.  This course is highly recommended for horticulturalists and landscape gardeners. Course Aims: Develop knowledge of the range of applications for and selection and establishment of horticultural plants. Develop knowledge in the establishment and maintenance of a range of woody plants, with […]
  • Learn different methods of plant protection: Sanitation – maintaining good hygiene Physical control methods e.g. mowing, slashing, burning, flooding, hand removal, physical barriers (ie. netting, fences), etc. Using plant varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases Biological controls Chemical controls (artificial and naturally derived). Soil drenches/dips Course Aims: Identify the broad category which a […]
  • Enhance your career or job prospects in horticulture or farming Improve your ability to grow plants Understand the science of plant disease Become skilled at diagnosing and understanding plant diseases. Plant production is reduced significantly every year, due to pathological problems. To control these problems is to increase productivity, and for the horticultural business; that […]
  • Learn about the system of plant identification – once you know the “system” remembering names becomes easier. Learn shortcuts to identifying plants, and how to pronounce plant names Discover a pattern to cultural requirements, pest susceptibility, propagation methods and other plant characteristics. Expand the number of plants you can identify, and set yourself on track to […]
  • Study Legal, Contractual and Staff Management for Horticultural Enterprises The ability to manage staff is pivotal in any enterprise (commercial or public); and in a society where law is becoming increasingly complex; the modern horticultural manager also needs to have a firm understanding of basic legal practice. This course focuses on building your capacity to […]
  • A study focussing on managing Economics, Planning and Marketing of operations in horticulture. Your ability to manage a business can make a huge difference to your success in horticulture. In this course, you will learn to the business side of horticulture, including how to plan and implement effective strategies for your business and/or services. This […]
  • Learn to work in a Production Plant Nursery This is a course teaches the skills for day to day work in a production nursery. There are eleven lessons involving: The Nursery Industry – operational flow charts, nursery standards, plant variety rights, transport regulations;plant identification, nursery structures, buildings, heating & cooling systems; potting mixes, seed propagation, […]
  • Study, Learn and Work in a Plant Nursery Improve your ability to sell plants and associated products This course was developed in response to a request from a retail nurseryman who was finding it difficult to find staff with appropriate skills. As he put it, job applicants were either over qualified or lacked the basic […]
  • This course is designed to help set up and run a succesful nursery. This is the way many plant nurseries start. If you want to avoid some of the big pitfalls, and minimize the chances of wasting time and money; a course like this is a very wise move before you begin. Course Aims: Understand […]
  • This advanced course specialises in care of plant health.  Understand plant health. Identify health problems in plants and techniques to control for those problems. A useful qualification for anyone wanting to work in the plant industry. Learn from highly qualified and experienced tutors. Course Aims: Identify the characteristics of pests and diseases of plants. Explain […]
  • Why study this Horticulture course? If you are an avid gardener who wants to learn more about growing plants, then Careerline’s online Horticulture A course is designed for you. As an introductory horticulture course, it is designed to provide a broad and practical overview of the basics of identifying, growing, and maintaining plants. The skills […]
  • Home Study Horticulture Resource Management. This broad ranging course provides a sound introduction to management in horticulture. Skilled horticulture managers are in demand to develop strategies for enterprises in the horticulture industry. Gain skills to work in both private and public business enterprises.Developed specifically to develop horticulture business skills and resource management skills to ensure […]
  • Why study this Horticultural Marketing course? If you have a horticultural product or service that you want the world to know about, Careerline’s online Horticultural Marketing course is the perfect place to start. The course is designed for practicing and aspiring horticultural businesspeople, farmers, agriculture professionals, and marketers. You will learn how to plan and […]
  • Proper garden maintenance will save you time and money.   Learn how with this course. Understand the shortcuts to have a good looking garden without huge amounts of time and money.Highly respected and qualified industry experts as tutors.Learn more about garden maintenance. Course Aims: Evaluate the maintenance needs and develop a plan for maintaining a […]
  • Garden Centre Management Distance Learning Course.  An extensive course which covers all areas of managing garden centres.  Designed to train garden centre management staff.  Developed in conjunction with major retailers and tutors.  Highly experienced and qualified industry experts as tutors. Study in your own time and at your own pace. Course Aims: Classify and identify […]
  • Course Aims: Identify optional management approaches for amenity horticulture sites. Determine varying features of optional management approaches for amenity horticulture sites. Explain planning concepts and processes used for provision of amenity land. Identify and describe up to date information sources relating to changing influences on the amenity industry. Explain current social environmental issues as they […]
  • Learn  about warm climate fruit production. Study in your own time and at your own pace. Work with highly experienced and qualified tutors. A similar course to temperate climate fruit production, but adapted to cover tropical and sub-tropical conditions. The course includes sections on Avocados, Pineapples, Macadamias, Papaya [paw paw] and Cashews. There are many […]
  • Study Viticulture Courses Online Careerline Course’s viticulture course is suitable for vineyard workers, vineyard managers and wine growers. Hobby farmers will get all the starting information they need to begin in the industry and enthusiastic amateur wine makers will find this course invaluable. As a starting point for people changing careers and wishing to pursue […]
  • Learn to identify and employ different methods of weed control Understand weed control. Develop your knowledge of weed control methods. Taught by horticulture experts. Study in your own time at your own pace. This course provides valuable learning for land managers, farmers, gardeners, orchardists, market gardeners, landscapers, spray contractors, nurserymen or anyone else concerned with the […]
  • Become an irrigation expert. Learn all you need to know about irrigating crops and irrigation systems. Design, maintenance, operation and evaluation of irrigation systems ideal for use with crops. Learn to: Correctly estimate irrigation requirements Schedule irrigation Correct drainage Select the best irrigation system Design the right system Understand pumps and filters  
  • Learn how you can extend the growing season by expanding your cut flower range and supplying markets year-round. This is a diverse course for the serious grower. Select your crop and use appropriate equipment and techniques to get a viable commercial outcome. Develop your ability to select and cultivate appropriate varieties of cut flowers in […]
  • This diverse course introduces you to the fundamental knowledge required to set up your own cut flower business or to work for a commercial grower. Cut flower growing has experienced rapid expansion in recent decades, resulting in increased demand for training in the skills and knowledge required by this industry, and increased opportunity for profit […]
  • Orchids thrive naturally in very cold temperate climates through to tropical locations; and allows you to choose appropriate species and treat them according to location. It is feasible to grow orchids as cut flowers almost anywhere. Orchids are one of the most commercially viable cut flower crops (partially due to their beauty, and also due […]
  • CROP GROWING COURSE – NUTS, FRUITS, BERRIES, HERBS, VEGETABLES & CUT FLOWERS LEARN TO GROW CROPS SUCCESSFULLY OUTDOORS. Gain skills and knowledge necessary to grow and sell many different crops. Study in your time and at your own pace. This course provides a thorough knowledge framework in outdoor production of common crops. Learn about site […]
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary for commercial vegetable production, examining in depth different techniques of production. Learn the importance of soils, plant-cultural practices and pest and disease management as an excellent method to obtain optimum crop production.  A general overview of vegetable crop management including post harvest and marketing. Note: This course shares topics with  Commercial […]
  • Berries can form a viable alternative or supplementary crop with varieties suitable for many different climates and conditions.  This course will provide you the knowledge to make informed decisions and sound management skills for a range of berry crops. This course is ideal for both the berry enthusiast and commercial grower, covering all aspects of […]
  • Tissue culture involves growing plants from very small sections (sometimes microscopic) in a laboratory. It is a propagation method which is being increasingly used. Tissue culture is not appropriate for many plants, but for others such as orchids, some indoor plants and in particular, many new plant varieties, it is a very popular propagation method. […]
  • This course assumes general foundation knowledge of plant propagation. For those with industry or significant amateur experience, the course may contain some sections that are little more than revision, but for anyone with minimal or no knowledge of seed propagation, some additional reading may be required in parts in order to gain the full benefit […]
  • Learn the different methods of propagation of plants including seed, cutting and much more in this detailed course. Course Aims: Plan the propagation of different plant species from seeds, using different seed propagation methods. Plan the propagation of different types of plants from cuttings, using different cutting propagation methods. Plan the propagation of various types […]
  • Study Propagation at Home. A skill in high demand worldwide. Learn what to propagate and how to achieve a high rate of success. Learn to be economically viable in your propagation. A highly desirable course for anyone working in the plant production industry. Study this course to develop a well rounded understanding of what affects […]
  • Learn the principles and practices of plant breeding by distance learning online. This course provides a foundation in the principles of genetics as applied to plant breeding.  Learn about genetics, plant reproductive processes, systems of inheritance (hybridisation, mendalian genetics and more), plant breeding within the horticultural industry. Course Aims: Describe the commercial and scientific nature […]
  • Hydroponics is the art of cultivating plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water without soil. Plants are grown in an inert growing medium and perfectly with balance. Roots received there nutrients in a highly soluble form of pH adjusted solution thus, plants take food with less effort compared to soil wherein they have to search […]
  • Why study this Introduction to Hydroponics course? Set your hydroponics venture up for success with Careerline’s online Hydroponics A course. Horticulture and agriculture professionals and home gardeners alike will develop essential knowledge that will assist them to plan, establish, and maintain a hydroponic system. Whether you hope to upskill, become a more knowledgeable hobbyist, or […]
  • Develop your capacity to make informed decisions regarding the management of commercially significant hydroponic crops. This course was developed to cover key issues which have been identified as recurrent problems for many experienced growers. It is suitable for anyone who has either completed hydroponics I, or alternatively has significant prior experience. Course Aims: Determine and […]
  • Grow plants without soil in your own home! A great beginner’s course for those wanting to learn about hydroponics. Designed specifically for those wanting to use hydroponics at home.  Learn the theory behind hydroponic culture. Set up your own practical hydroponic system. Course Aims: Describe the nature and scope of hydroponic growing in a hobby […]
  • This course is recommended with Home Fruit Growing and/or Home Propagation to get the most out of your garden. Why study this Home Vegetable Growing course? Nothing compares to the satisfaction of growing and cooking with your own fresh vegetables. Studying Home Vegetable Growing online with Careerline will help you to plan, establish, and maintain […]
  • Save Money by Propagating your own Garden Plants at Home. A starter course for students with no previous experience of propagation. Covers all aspects of propagating plants. Develop a sound knowledge in starting and running your own propagation nursery. Learn about seed, cuttings, grafting, division, layering, materials and equipment. Course Aims: Obtain leaflets or catalogues plus […]
  • Why study this Home Garden Expert course? Calling all gardening enthusiasts! If you want to develop the skills to create the garden you have always dreamed of, Careerline’s online Home Gardening course is designed for you. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner with a genuine passion for plants, this course will help […]
  • .There is nothing like fruit from your own garden. It’s quality and nutrition is generally better than fruit that you buy because it’s fresh (the food value can deteriorate as the fruit ages), and you can be certain about what chemicals it has, or has not been, exposed to. Apart from this, growing your own […]
  • This is not a ‘herbal medicine course’ it is a horticulture course for those wanting to grow and prepare herbs for medicinal use! Free Ebook: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs (2nd Edition) by James Duke               Why study this Medicinal Herbs course? Careerline’s online Medicinal Herbs course is designed as an […]
  • Learn to effectively grow the herbs. Study different varieties of herbs. Study in your own time and at your own pace. Learn from experts in their field. An introductory course for the beginner; you will gain a good grasp of basic herb growing and be able to identify a range of herbs. A broad based […]
  • Study this course if you want to start your own herb farm or herb nursery.  This is a very detailed course that has been designed to teach you how to start your own commercial herb business but is still suitable for anyone just wanting a successful herb garden! Study in your own time and at your […]
  • A great course for anyone interested in growing lavender for hobby or commercial reasons. This course is aimed at those you are looking to start their own lavender farm but also equally interesting to the enthusiast. These lessons will equip you with the knowledge to start a new venture. Learn about soils and plant nutrition, growing new varieties of Lavender, […]
  • Learn how to identify and successfully grow dozens of edible herbs A great introductory course for those wanting to include herbs in their cooking and garden. Covering a wide range of both popular and little known herbs, this course will have you cooking with confidence!  Develop your skills and experience the delights of cooking new recipes with herbs. […]
  • This Advanced Certificate in Green Keeping comprises of 3 core modules and 1 elective. These core modules will take you from the very start with Green Keeping A (Introduction) through to advanced Green Keeping B (Sports Turf Management), and Green Keeping C (Maintenance and Renovation) of existing lawns, greens and turf in a wide variety […]
  • Learn to diagnose and treat problems efficiently on: Golf and Bowling Greens, Playing Fields, Parks Home lawns, Public Parks, Commercial sites A course specifically designed for people working with turf such as green keepers, gardeners, managers of sports turf facilities. Course Aims: Compare the characteristics of different turfs with reference to hardiness, pest & disease […]
  • When planning a new lawn, or renovating an old one, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of different grasses, and why certain grasses are used in preference to others. The intended or actual use (and maintenance) of a particular area is the deciding factor. This course teaches you about the different grasses, the […]
  • Do you manage a Sports Ground or Playing Field? Advance your job and career prospects working in the management and maintenance of Sports Grounds and Playing Fields A course for parks staff, horticulturists, gardeners, groundsmen, green keepers, turf equipment and materials suppliers. This course assumes a basic knowledge of turf care, either through experience or […]
  • Arboriculture II builds on Arboriculture I. This online course concentrates on tree planting and maintenance. Through this course you will learn tree management, minimize potential long term tree problems, learn tree selection techniques, learn to strengthen and improve the health of existing trees, and improve your techniques in removing trees and stumps. Course Aims: Explain […]
  • Arboriculture is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. It is both a practice and a science. The science of arboriculture studies how these plants grow and respond to cultural practices and to their environment. In this online course you will study tree physiology and disorders, learn more on diagnosis and treatment of […]
  • If your dream is to work outdoors with nature or animals; this course is best for you. Get the skills you need in order to make right decisions, big and small. Appropriate for anyone working with or want to work with, national parks, wilderness parks or wildlife parks. Park Management I provides you with practical […]
  • Study about plant physiology and its implications for crops; post harvest management and more.  This course explains the principles and processes of plant physiology and their practical applications. It builds on prior studies in Botany A, plant physiology or other courses from the careerline range in Agriculture, Horticulture or Science. Best studied with Introduction to Botany. […]
  • Plant Biochemistry Distance Learning Course study the biochemistry of plants learnabout lipids, proteinsand enzymes; nitrogen and the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis and respiration in plants, transpiration and assimilation, pH, chemical analysis improve understanding of biochemistry applications and more. Chemistry is the study of the various elements that make up the physical world and how they interact. […]
  • Develop a basic understanding of the safe use of Aromatherapy oils; and their production. This aromatherapy course is aimed at the introductory level of education in Aromatherapy. It is suitable for those wishing to gain knowledge of using Aromatherapy in the home or for those working in a related discipline. Knowing the botanical names of […]

Who are these Horticulture Courses for?

These courses will work for you if you are looking for a fully tutor supported horticulture or online garden course that is not a huge commitment, that doesn’t cost you the earth but will still get you thinking and learning and most importantly get you the garden or cropping result you want. Many students do a single subject as a stepping stone to a bigger thing, or find its enough to help start their enterprise, make their garden grow, or get to increase their crop yield.

Do I need prior experience before I start?

No, our garden and horticulture certificate courses assume no prior knowledge and are designed as a practical guide to help you learn. You will be supported by your tutor as you progress through your studies.

How long are the courses?

Generally the courses should take you about 100 hours of study.  We give you up to 12 months to complete the course, but you can finish faster.  Each lesson has a written assignment for you will receive individual feedback from your tutor.  There are also self assessment quizzes for each lesson (non assessable).  The strength of our courses is in that each lesson has an assignment, this means you are forced to engage with the content and can’t just skip over an important lesson.  By the end of the course you have really engaged and that equals learning!

Who are the tutors?

You will get a real tutor who provides you with personalised support and feedback throughout your garden courses. No tick and flick. Learn with real tutors who will be there for you every step of the way. When you enrol will receive a welcome email from your tutor. You are free to email them for help or guidance as much as you need to. We employ tutors who are active in their field so the support is by email.

  • Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City; Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
  • Karen Huntley MSc Marketing Mgt (Food Related Industries), PDC, PG Dip Organic Farming, Cert Marketing, BA. Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Coventry University/Thrive, UK)

How long are the courses?

Generally the courses should take you about 100 hours of study.  We give you up to 12 months to complete the course, but you can finish faster.  Each lesson has a written assignment for you will receive individual feedback from your tutor.  There are also self assessment quizzes for each lesson (non assessable).  The strength of our courses is in that each lesson has an assignment, this means you are forced to engage with the content and can’t just skip over an important lesson.  By the end of the course you have really engaged and that equals learning!

Accreditation and Recognition

All our courses are proudly recognised by the IARC, a premier non-government recognition body.

Some of the fields of study include identification and maintenance of different types of plant species, improving soil, installing and maintaining displays, conducting site inspections, among others.  Just get in touch with us or enrol directly, and before you know it, you will be learning about horticulture from your home.