Flexible routes to study RHS practical and theory courses, organic horticulture and garden design.
BEST in Horticulture provides online and correspondence options for you to study at home.
The Academy of Practical Horticulture gives you the chance to learn from experts at our Centres at Ryton Organic Gardens, Bampton and North Moreton.
You don’t need horticulture or design experience to study our Practical Garden Design course at Ryton; in 13 sessions, spaced through the year, you learn the processes that underpin good garden design and how to implement them in a practical way to produce a high-quality, professional hand-drawn design (master plan), planting plans, construction drawings and a specification.
You need commitment to get the most from your tuition, by continuing your work between the sessions. An optional second year gives you tutor support while you develop a design of your own choosing. Students receive a copy of our 400pp colour handbook Practical Garden Design, written specifically to support this course.