Learn to identify and grow Australian Wildflowers and Shrubs. Be surprised how many of these stunning and unique plants can be cultivated successfully as far afield as the UK, the Middle East and North America. While this course is designed to follow on from Australian Natives I, it may be taken by itself if your focus is on smaller growing natives (eg. wildflowers, clumping plants, etc).
- Distinguish between different types of native wildflowers.
- Determine reliable information about the identification and culture of Australian wildflowers.
- Specify general cultural practices, including propagation, for different families of Australian native wildflowers.
- Explain the characteristics, including identification and culture, of heath like native wildflowers; with reference to both proteaceous and myrtaceous plants.
- Explain the characteristics, including their identification, culture and use, of wildflowers in the Asteraceae (ie. Daisy) family.
- Explain the characteristics, including identification, culture and use, of different legume wildflower genera.
- Explain the characteristics, including identification, culture and use, of different Australian native monocotyledons (ie. narrow-leaved plants).
- Prepare a planting design featuring Australian wildflowers.
- Develop a cut flower production plan, for a selected Australian wildflower.
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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 8 Lessons in this course:
- Scope and Nature
- Review of the system of plant identification
- Resources, sources for further information contacts (i.e.: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
- Plant Relationships
- Understanding Environmental Zones across Australia
- Soils; composition, colloids, peds, texture, chemical properties, pH and nutrient availability
- Improving Soils
- Natives on Low Fertility Soils
- Diagnosis of Nutritional Problems
- Inspecting Plants and diagnosing health issues
- Preventing Problems
- Pests and Diseases on Natives
- Planting, staking, mulching, watering
- Planting; different techniques for plant establishment
- Pruning Australian Native Plants
- Water Management -review
- Propagation Technique – review
The Heaths and Similar Plants
- Scope and Nature of Heaths
- Heath habitats
- Epacridaceae; the Epacris Family
- Proteaceae, Myrtaceae, Thymeleaceae, Dilleniaceae
- Glossary of botanical terms used to describe plants
- Introductory Plant Morphology
- Review of plant genera and many of their species:
The Daisy Family
- Characteristics of Asteraceae
- Floral Structure of Asteraceae
- Review of culture and distinguishing characteristics of various Asteraceae genera, including:
- Heichrysum and Bracteantha
- Common characteristics of all legumes
- Distinguishing Fabaceae, Caesalpinacea and Mimosaceae
Other common groups
- Westringia, etc.
- Basic Landscape Design; Design Procedure, Drawing a plan
- Native Plants for Specific Situations; long flowering species, climbing species, etc
- Xanthorrhea, etc.
Commercial Applications: Growing Native Cut Flowers
- Production Plan for Cut Flowers
- Selection Criteria for Plants
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.
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.