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 ferns in baskets, terrariums, and landscapes.
- 100 hours
- Self paced online course
- 1-on-1 Tutor support
- Use ferns in gardens or as indoor plants
- Discuss the diverse range of ferns native to Australia and the plant naming and classification system.
- Describe the cultural requirements of ferns
- Propagate ferns and identify various propagating media and methods.
- Describe a range of ferns that are commonly grown and freely available at nurseries.
- Explain the significance of a range of important Australian fern species
- Differentiate less common species of Australian fern genera
- Demonstrate more in depth the knowledge acquired through research, of a specific group of ferns.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 8 Lessons in this course:
- Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the ferns, main groups, information contacts (e.g. nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
- Planting, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc.
- Methods of propagating ferns. Propagation of selected varieties.
The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Maidenhairs, tree ferns, stags, elks, common ground ferns.
Other Important Groups
- Blechnum, Nephrolepis, Pteris, etc.
- Hares foot ferns, Bracken, Fans.
Making the Best Use of Native Ferns
- In containers, in the ground, as indoor plants, growing and showing, growing for profit (to sell the plants or what they produce).
- A major project on one genera of ferns.
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.