Five reasons to enroll

  • You'll get to learn from experts in the Eden Horticultural Team.
  • It's a practical course where you will get your hands dirty, unlike many other gardening courses, which are purely theoretical.
  • It's ideal for people who are working and can't attend full-time college courses.
  • The monthly sessions allow you to practise each set of skills in between, over the full growing season.
  • You'll get an Eden Project Annual Pass when you book, giving you free entry for a year.

Who is it for?

Our Certificate in Practical Horticulture is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their practical gardening skills and knowledge, whether you're:

  • a keen amateur
  • beginning a career in horticulture 
  • thinking of changing your career and going into horticulture.

The course provided a great foundation for someone like myself looking to undertake a career change into horticulture... The accessibility, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Eden team is key to the course's success.

Stephen, participant

Where do they take place?

The eight day-long courses are taught at the main Eden Project site in Cornwall, and Eden’s nearby Watering Lane Nursery.

What sort of qualification could I get?

Those who attend all eight courses, plus the Review and Assessment days, have the opportunity to get a Certificate in Practical Horticulture. Download a pdf of the full course programme, dates and venues.

We've collaborated on this course with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), which has been training students and professionals in horticulture for over a century. The RBGE Certificate in Practical Horticulture is a modern qualification that draws on this wealth of experience.

The assessment and verification guidelines are administered by both Eden and RBGE, which ensures that the qualification is standardised worldwide. This international qualification has been taught in Oman, Turkey, Laos and Thailand.

How to book

Our next course begins in September 2018 and we will publish details of how to apply soon.

Resources for current students

Plant identification list pdf

Plant identification photos pdf