Managing a Nursery

Course CodeSGH18
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
Learn to manage a Plant Nursery

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE NURSERY INDUSTRY
    • The industry
    • Professional organisations
    • Nursery accreditation
    • Types of nurseries
    • What to grow
    • How to grow
    • Nursery standards
    • Starting out as a nursery producer
    • Assessing opportunities
    • Trends in the retail nursery/garden centre industry
  2. THE NURSERY SITE
    • Area of the nursery site
    • Nursery site and location
    • Nursery design
    • Designing for effective environmental management
  3. NURSERY MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
    • Containers
    • Labels
    • Stakes, trellises and trainers
    • Mulches
    • Nursery tools and equipment
    • Using tools
    • Hand tools
    • Hand saws
    • Machinery
    • Stages in each stroke of an engine
    • Drones
    • Robotics
  4. IRRIGATION
    • Water supply
    • Water quality
    • Water treatment
    • Recycling water
    • Irrigation systems
    • Pumps
    • Scheduling irrigation
    • Maintenance of watering systems
  5. GLASSHOUSES, SHADE HOUSES AND OTHER NURSERY STRUCTURES
    • Greenhouses
    • Other structures for growing plants
    • Environmental control in greenhouses
    • Sheds and workrooms
  6. MANAGEMENT
    • Operational flow charts
    • Human resource management
    • Examples of nursery job descriptions and advertisements
    • Work scheduling
    • Motivating employees
    • Training staff
    • Horticultural education
    • Styles of supervision
    • Safety and illness at work
    • Managing facilities
    • Productivity
    • Managing money
    • Practical exercise
    • Cash flow
    • Financial statements
    • Record keeping
    • Computers in the nursery
    • Business planning
  7. MARKETING
    • Marketing nurseries
    • The marketing mix
    • Choosing a plant variety to sell
    • Product case study: marketing cut flowers
    • Promotions and advertising
    • Packaging
    • Transport and distribution
    • Sales
    • After sales service
    • Market research
    • Marketing budget
    • Legal implications of marketing
    • Glossary
    • Metric/imperial conversion table
    • Final assessment

Why Study this Course?

  • improve your ability to manage a plant nursery - production nursery or retail garden centre
  • be a better manager - improve efficiencies and/or profitability of a nursery
  • advance your employment or career prospects
  • raise your awareness and understanding of nursery management
  • broaden your skills set

Who is this course for?

  • Nursery workers
  • Nursery owners seeking to reinforce, refresh of fill gaps in their learning
  • Horticulturists or gardeners, looking to broaden their employment or business possibilities
  • Anyone with an interest in nursery work wishing to learn more 




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