Plant Selection & Establishment Online Course

Plant Selection & Establishment Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Learn to select the right plant first and establish it well for guaranteed growth.  This course is highly recommended for horticulturalists and landscape gardeners.

Course Aims:

  • Develop knowledge of the range of applications for and selection and establishment of horticultural plants.
  • Develop knowledge in the establishment and maintenance of a range of woody plants, with different modes of growth, for different situations
  • Develop knowledge in selection, establishment, and maintenance of species suitable for hedges windbreaks and screens.
  • Describe the cultivation of alpine and water plants.
  • Describe the selection, cultivation, and maintenance of herbaceous plants.
  • Explain the selection, establishment and maintenance of turf and lawns.
  • Explain the maintenance and cultural requirements of herbaceous, woody, and other plants.
  • Consider the different pest and disease control implications resulting from the choice of different plant varieties.
  • Determine pest and disease control requirements for a new garden.
  • Explain the control of weeds in a garden.
  • Explain the implications upon weed management that result from selection of particular plants for use in a garden.
  • Manage establishment and maintenance of plants in a way that minimizes safety risks to people working in or visiting a garden.


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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 10 lessons in this course:


    • What to plant where
    • Plant selection
    • Plant varieties
    • Colorful year round foliage
    • Establishment (timing, soil preparation, plant size, planting technique)
    • Maintenance programs

    Woody plants

    • Selecting woody plants
    • Trees
    • Shrubs
    • Deciduous/semi deciduous/evergreen
    • Establishing woody plants
    • Planting procedure
    • Dealing with shade

    Windbreaks, hedges and screens

    • Plant selection
    • Establishing windbreaks & screens
    • Trimming a hedge

    Alpine and water plants

    • Selecting & establishing alpines
    • Selecting water plants
    • Establishment & maintenance of water plants

    Annual and herbaceous plants

    • Selecting annuals
    • Types of annuals (by height, flower, edge plants, dot plants, groundwork plants)
    • Types of bedding schemes
    • Planting seed or seedlings
    • Container culture
    • Selection & Establishment of herbaceous plants (Bulbs & Perennials)
    • Maximizing flowering effect


    • Varieties
    • Lawn mixes
    • What to grow and where
    • Wildflower Meadows
    • Turf establishment
    • Soil Preparation
    • Seeding
    • Sodding
    • Stolonizing
    • Sprigging
    • Plugging
    • Mowing
    • Fertilising


    • Fertilizing
    • Managing pH
    • Replacing plants
    • Pruning
    • Irrigation
    • Humidity
    • Mulch
    • Developing a Maintenance Program

    Pest and disease control

    • Problem prevention
    • Non chemical control
    • Chemical control

    Weed control

    • Non chemical control
    • Chemical control
    • Safety
    • Alternative strategies

    Risk assessment

    • Identifying risk
    • Duty of care
    • Workplace safety
    • Protective clothing
    • Safety with tools
    • Significance of illness

    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.