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Qualification - Diploma In Landscaping

Course CodeVHT021
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours
QualificationDiploma
LEARN TO BE A LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL
  • Extensive training for an exceptional career a landscape contractor or garden designer.
  • An experiential learning program incorporating lots of practical experience
  • Sound training in foundation knowledge required for a successful and sustained career.

Learn to design all types of landscapes, manage projects and to adapt and confront new problems as they arise.This course has been developed by a team of highly respected, qualified and experienced landscape professionals from the U.K., Spain, Australia, and several other countries.   If you want a comprehensive landscaping design course this is it.  Study with the professionals in horticultural distance education, study at home or online with ACS.

 

Duration: 2100 hours (2 to 3 years full time study or equivalent at your own pace)

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Diploma In Landscaping.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Carpentry BSS100
 Horticultural Research I BHT118
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Landscape Construction BHT111
 Landscaping I BHT109
 Plant Identification and Knowledge (Horticulture II) BHT102
 Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
 Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
 Horticultural Management BHT203
 Landscaping II BHT214
 Landscaping Styles (Landscaping III) BHT235
 Natural Garden Design BHT215
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Playground Design BHT216
 Project Management BBS201
 Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens BHT243
 Biophilic Landscaping BHT343
 Water Gardening BHT307
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 17 modules.
 Annuals -for Landscape Display Bedding or Cut Flowers BHT115
 Azaleas And Rhododendrons VHT106
 Cottage Garden Design BHT110
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Machinery and Equipment (Engineering I) BSC105
 Masonry Work BSS101
 Mechanics BSS102
 Mud Brick Construction ASS103
 Turf Care BHT104
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Horticultural Research II BHT241
 Irrigation (Gardens) BHT210
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Managing Notable Gardens and Landscapes BHT340
 Perennials BHT316
 Plant Ecology BEN302
 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Diploma In Landscaping is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Landscape Fashions Change - Long Careers Require an Ability to Change Too 

 
Landscaping is a multidisciplinary field of endevour -and that's a big part of it's attraction.
A good landscape professional will inevitably; over the course of their career; be faced with a huge variety of challenges. They will need to be not only a designer, but a technician, a manager, an artist and a tradesman: all rolled into one.
 
Landscapes come in a wide range of different types, from natural to formal and public to private. Some landscapers will specialize (perhaps in residential, maybe public parks, or perhaps commercial properties). The work on offer in any one place, will change from time top time though. At one point in time, there may be a high demand for natural gardens; and five years later, that demand may have changed completely.
 
Making a Rainforest Garden

A rainforest is made up of levels or strata of vegetation. These are generally referred to as the upper storey, middle storey and the lower storey, or ground covers. In a typical domestic block it is important to realise that you should not plant rainforest species that will grow to 20m or those that have invading destructive roots like, for example, umbrella trees. For many gardens those plants that would normally be classed as middle storey plants, would best be used as the upper storey plants, so that the rainforest landscape takes on a human scale.

Pioneer plants are usually fast growing with a spreading canopy.  They are however relatively short-lived and may need removal at some later date. These plants are important as they provide the necessary shade and leaf litter, which helps to retain moisture and improves the organic matter content of the soil. These plants also provide the essential shade for ferns and ground covers, and protection for the slower growing species.
 
Climax plants are those plants that require some shade while young, but which eventually outgrow the shade of the pioneer plants. They are long-lived. These are planted after the pioneer plants are between one and two years old with variable spacing distances (e.g. 1.5m to 3m apart). A reasonable canopy can be developed in about five years, depending upon species suitability to your climatic region.
 
Ground cover and other under storey plants require plenty of shade and shelter. They are best planted after pioneer plants are well grown and climax plants are well established. These plants consist of mainly ferns, orchids, native lilies, gingers and small palms. Such plants prefer moist but not waterlogged sites. As these plants are at eye level, you may wish to provide contrast to the all-green rainforest by adding colourful ‘tropical” plants. If, however, you are a purist, you may prefer to grow only native ground covers.
 
 
 
Maintaining a Rainforest Garden 
 
Watering: Once established, many rainforests are self-sustaining. These however, are in districts that receive about 750mm of rainfall each year. In other areas, additional watering is recommended in dry times to prevent plant death. Hosing the canopy reduces transpiration (water loss from leaves) and also cleans the plants. The use of trickle irrigation or sprinklers will place the necessary water exactly where it is required.
 
Mulching: An essential part of the rainforest that must be kept up, in volume, is mulch. Continual leaf fall may supplement this mulch, but if the site is steep, new mulch may need to be added to overcome erosion or wash off. A layer of mulch provides a cool environment for the roost, a holder for moisture and a continual supply of mild fertiliser. Perhaps more importantly, it provides the home for countless microbes to make the ecosystem complete.
 
Fertilisers: A balanced fertiliser can be spread over the area and watered in. Tropical fertiliser at a rate of 1kg per 5m2 applied three or four times during the year is recommended for tropical rainforests. Blood and Bone or pelleted manure are also suitable. Organically based fertilisers are the best for this ecosystem.
 
Weed Control: With adequate mulch and reduced light, few weeds will grow in the rainforest. Since weeds compete for light, moisture and nutrients, any that appear are best pulled out upon sight or spot sprayed.
 
Future Plantings: To obtain the succession of rainforest development and replacement of dead plants, future plantings may be necessary. Try not to transplant rainforest plants each season until a final site is decided as this only results in weak plants. Once a plant has been planted, leave it there unless it is essential that it be removed or transplanted.
 
Pest and Diseases: As this garden is to be an environmentally sensitive one, it is best not to use any toxic chemicals. Try to leave insects for their own predators. If possible, manually collect insects or disease-damaged foliage and destroy them elsewhere. If sprays must be used, consider the use of organic sprays such as garlic or pyrethrum.
 

 

 



Meet some of our academics

Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".
John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Rosemary Davies Leading horticultural expert in Australia. Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others. Rosemary has a B Ed, BSc Hort, Dip Advertising & Marketing


Check out our eBooks

Garden Design Part 2Part 2 of the Garden Design series is an inspiring accompaniment to the first book, but works equally well in its own right. It's brimming with ideas and practical advice for designing a wide variety of different gardens. You will learn about different styles of gardens and how to create a style to suit a particular site or client. It contains around 300 colour photos! Knowledge gained by John Mason over several decades of visiting and photographing gardens, writing, teaching and creating gardens. This ebook deals mostly with different types of gardens from water gardens to Mediterranean, formal and oriental. 287 high quality inspirational photos. 104 pages
Getting Work in HorticultureFind out what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse the industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.
Landscaping & Gardening in the ShadeThe ‘Landscaping and Gardening in the Shade’ ebook explain what you need to know about designing a shaded garden. It will go through specific plants you could use, how to care for them and different plant varieties that will give you a great shaded area.
Water Gardening This book is designed to inspire and educate presenting you with a wide range of possibilities and at the same time, raising your awareness and understanding of how water can be used in any size garden to add interest, coolness and life.