Garden Center Management Online Course

Garden Centre Management Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Garden Centre Management Distance Learning Course.  An extensive course which covers all areas of managing garden centres.  Designed to train garden centre management staff.  Developed in conjunction with major retailers and tutors.  Highly experienced and qualified industry experts as tutors.

Study in your own time and at your own pace.

Course Aims:

  • Classify and identify a range of different plants, according to their botanical characteristics.
  • Describe a range of plant health problems and their treatments.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining healthy stock and its relationship to maintaining a profitable business.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of garden products sold through garden centres.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of plants, including indoor plants, container-grown plants, deciduous plants, bulbs, herbs and perennials.
  • Describe effective marketing techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management procedures.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 12 Lessons in this course:


    • Classifying and identifying Plants
    • Plant culture
    • Soils
    • Plant nutrition
    • Watering/irrigation
    • Understanding drainage
    • Temperature
    • Light
    • Humidity

    Plant Health Management

    • How to diagnose a problem
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Nutrient imbalances
    • Frost
    • Sunburn
    • Chemical damage
    • Insufficient light
    • Overwatering

    Stock Maintenance

    • Quality standards
    • Buying in new stock
    • Inspecting stock
    • Extending stock shelf life
    • Disposing of below-standard stock
    • Watering techniques
    • Fertilising plants
    • Pest and disease control

    Display and Display Techniques

    • Display units
    • Product location
    • Sales area layout.

    Garden Product Knowledge

    • Plant containers
    • Labels
    • Soil and potting mixes
    • Garden equipment
    • Garden tools

    Garden Product Knowledge II

    • Chemicals
    • Fertilisers
    • Containers and baskets
    • Terrariums
    • Cut flowers.

    Plant Product Knowledge - Indoor Plants

    • Major groups
    • Common problems
    • Plants for specific situations
    • Customer attitudes

    Plant Product Knowledge - General Container Stock

    • Trees
    • Shrubs

    Plant Product Knowledge - Edibles and Flowers

    • Seedlings
    • Bulbs
    • Herbs
    • Perennials.

    Plant Product Knowledge - Other

    • Deciduous Trees
    • Fruit
    • Nuts
    • Berries
    • Seed

    Retail Nursery Marketing

    • Pricing strategies
    • Advertising
    • Promotional strategies

    Management Methods

    • Staff control
    • Managing for staff productivity
    • Work scheduling

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.