The Plant Course

An introduction to plants

This is one of the two core courses for The Plant School and is based at The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, with days at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park. The course aims to give the student a good grounding in plant knowledge and runs one day a month through the academic year. It is ideal for enthusiasts who are committed to learning more about plants. Visiting lecturers talk on their specific subjects and there are practical plant visits. No prior qualifications are required for this course.

The Garden Museum

The Syllabus

The course covers the following subjects over a total of 10 days.

  • Plant identification, plant families and plant naming as stipulated by The Royal Horticultural Society
  • Choosing the right plant for the right place
  • Bulbs, ferns, grasses and alpines
  • Plants for autumn colour and scented plants
  • The winter garden, plant hardiness and climatic zones
  • The best cultivars of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants
  • Plant hunters and plant collecting
  • Root systems and the biological clock
  • Practical sessions on plant flower structure and floral formulae

There is one project which runs over the whole course. This is on a specific topic related to plants and takes up one further day per month. It is assessed and marked and contributes towards the final course marks. In addition there are a series of eight homeworks designed to extend the range and understanding of topics covered during the course. These are assessed and marked and contribute towards the final course marks. They are expected to take between ½ to 1 day each.

Course Dates

Please note that the academic year 2020-2021 has been moved back to September 2021 and will begin then. Please see the statement on the academic year for all courses and tours due to start in September 2020 for further details.

Postponed dates

Postponed dates missed from the academic year 2019-2020 will now be caught up on the following days:

  • Wednesday 7th April 2021
  • Wednesday 5th May and
  • Wednesday 9th June

Academic Year 2021-2022

On Wednesdays.

  • Wednesday 8th September 2021
  • Wednesday 6th October
  • Wednesday 10th November
  • Wednesday 8th December
  • Wednesday 12th January 2022
  • Wednesday 9th February
  • Wednesday 9th March
  • Wednesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 11th May and
  • Wednesday 8th June


This is one of two certificate courses run by the The Plant School. Students who complete the course work to a satisfactory standard will be considered for the certificate at the end of the course.

Course Fees

The fees for the course are £1395.00 and are payable in full before the beginning of the autumn term. A place is confirmed on the course by sending a non-refundable deposit for £100.00 together with the completed Plant School course application form.

Application Form

The application form for joining this course can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. Please complete the form and return it either by email or post.

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