HortSkills Intermediate Course 2019

29 August – 26 September 2019

A five week 6 session course covering Weeds, Lawn Care, Plants for Garden Design, Propagation, Plant Parts and Functions and Botany

Thursday Evenings: 5.30pm – 7.30pmThe Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Includes one practical session on Saturday 14 September at Waitakiri Primary, Burwood.

Cost: $150 per person (10% discount for returning students)

Registrations close Friday 23 August

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A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants completing the course and able to demonstrate basic competencies.


Week 1: Thursday 29 August 5.30-7.30pmPropagation – Seed Sowing

Week 2: Thursday 5 September 5.30-7.30pmBotany/ Bulbs and Perennials

Week 3: Thursday 12 September 5.30-7.30pmWeeds and Control Methods

Practical: Saturday 14 September 9am – 1.30pmLawn Care and Maintenance

Week 4: Thursday 19 September 5.30-7.30pmIntroduction to Garden Design

Week 5: Thursday 26 September 5.30-7.30pmProp Review. Plant Ident. Closing Presentation

Saturday practical at Waitakiri Primary School, 170 Burwood Rd, Evening sessions at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Learning Outcomes:

Weeds: This topic will look at identifying a range of common and lesser known weeds found in New Zealand Gardens. Discuss chemical and cultural control methods.

Lawn Care and Maintenance: Practical session covering lawn preparation using both grass seed and ready lawn. Fertilising, mowing, weeding and irrigation will be discussed.

Plants used in Garden Design: A basic introduction to some important elements of garden design and selecting the “right plant”. Students will be familiar with range of plants by end of course.

Propagation: Seed sowing. Demonstration of ‘sexual propagation’ .Students will sow seeds using appropriate growing media and care for seedlings for duration of course.

Plant Parts and Functions: Botany. The different roles that flowers, leaves, roots etc play in plant survival.

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