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Plants play an incredibly important role in all our lives by providing us with oxygen and food sources. As a horticulturalist you will need to use your scientific knowledge of plants and soil to grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, shrubs, flowers and grass. Our courses will give you all the in-depth knowledge you need to start your career, with the option of continuing on to university study with one of our degrees at the iconic Eden Project.

As a modern horticulturalist you’ll need a range of skills including; scientific knowledge of plants, soil, pest and diseases and a wide variety of practical skills such as planting, pruning and hard landscaping.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, you will need an employer in place first, please speak to our apprenticeship recruitment team on live chat who can talk to you about where to look for employer vacancies and how to apply.

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Meet the Team

Louise Danks, Horticulture Lecturer at Duchy College Rosewarne 

A few years after leaving the College Louise studied the Kew diploma where only 14 students per year were taken from all over the world. 

 Whist studying at Kew, Louise won a travel scholarship, which lead to her studying orchids for a month in Ecuador which was a real highlight for her. Louise lived in London following her studies, which opened doors to more unique opportunities in the horticultural industry. 

 “After studying I began volunteering as a horticultural runner for the BBC at flower shows and then was employed as a researcher and director. I worked on all of the flower show coverage and went on to work on Gardeners’ World, Grow your Own Drugs, The Great Garden Challenge. I was also Head Gardener for Jasper Conran at Walpole House.” 

After leaving London and television work to start her family, Louise won gold medals at Chelsea whilst being the production manager at the National Dahlia Collection in Penzance.  

Since 2019 Louise has become a member of the horticulture teaching team and teaches a lot on the RHS courses.