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Spring in the Garden

Start Date

Fri 26 Feb 2021


5 weeks


Course content

  • Identify at least four shrubs or trees suitable for Spring interest
  • State the meaning of a ground cover plant and be able to describe at least four
  • List at least five alpine plants suitable for a container
  • Research suitable flowers for cutting and their requirements when growing in the garden
  • Design a square foot vegetable garden


This course will introduce learners to growing plants that look good in the ornamental garden in Spring and how to start a small vegetable garden.

Course content:

This short course will enable students to identify plants for Spring interest in the garden, and provide details on how to provide good growing conditions for them.


  • Introductory course: An interest in gardening and willingness to discuss ideas with fellow students.

What do I need to do this course?

It would be useful to have an area of ground where you could practice horticulture, but not absolutely essential. You may like to have paper and pen for notes during the sessions.

Access to the Internet and use of a laptop or tablet and use of TEAMS. The ability to send an email and search for information on the internet. Be able to attend the online session each week.

Teaching Methods

  • Demonstrations. Interactive PowerPoint. Discussions. Research and reporting.

    How is your progress checked?

    Participation in discussions. Report on own research. Completion of written questions.

    What can I do after this course?

    Volunteering/ working as a gardener. Further CLIP course on Horticultural topics, Pruning and Planting. Other College horticultural courses.


Course details

  • Tutor: Loretta Rivett
  • Time: 1000-1200
  • Provision: CL
  • Term: Spring
  • Location: Online Class
  • Full fee: Free
  • Concessionary fee: Free


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