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Gardening Qualifications

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City and Guilds  /  NPTC

Local Horticultural and Agricultural Colleges

Royal Horticultural Society

Institute of Gardening (IOG)

Institute of Gardening

The Institute of Gardening offers a home-study course that helps you ensure you’re fully knowledgeable about horticulture. And it helps you become a self-employed horticulturalist.

The course covers everything you need to know, from preparing lawns to understanding the essential elements of botany. You’ll find the material on pests and diseases particularly useful; and you’ll find our modules on professionally designing a garden invaluable. In addition, you get a free book: How to Earn a Living in Horticulture.

You’ll have your own personal tutor; and we provide a 60-day no-quibble money-back guarantee. We’ll also refund your money if you don’t earn at least the cost of the course.

You can study at your own pace, sending in assignments to your tutor when you have the time. There are no classes to attend, and no final exam.

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Starting a Gardening Business

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