Preparing for Horticulture
Are you thinking about studying Horticulture this coming September? Here is some of our advice on what you can you do to prepare.
To be a skilled Horticulturalist or Landscaper, you need to develop a comprehensive view of the industry and how everything we study links together. Horticulture and Landscaping is not just about the studying plants and concrete landscapes, it is also the relationships that exists between plant species the environment and the ecosystem. The same can be said for landscaping – it is not just about landscape materials but also where those materials come from and how they fit into the environment.
Task: create a garden design portfolio
Using real leaves, flowers, seed heads, branches and stones create a story board about the life, colour and textures in your garden. Stick all the materials to a sheet of cardboard and write on your story board why you like the flower, twig or leaf. Write about the textures of each item you have collected and how the textures and colours work together!
Bring this with you when you start in September.
How can I develop before September?
Below are some links to podcasts, websites, books and films which provide a great way of staying inspired and engaging with Horticulture and Landscaping:
- Brush up on your species identification – tree spot out of your window or when out on a walk. Collins; Field Guide To the Trees of Britain to is a good book to use for this. Identification books on most British species can be found in print, or alternatives are available online
- Take a look at plants in your garden using the RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants books, focus on specific plants that you are interested in
- Maybe you will be interested in the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design
There are a number of horticultural magazine you could read, including:
There are some great documentaries which will help develop your general knowledge and understanding and help you see what an amazing world we live in.
The following are all available online:
- David Attenborough – Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Box Sets – available on dailymotion
- The Americas with Simon Reeve – the first episode in Alaska/Canada is particularly good for resource security looking at energy
- Before the Flood – a film presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, exploring climate change and looking at what needs to be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption
- The Private Life of Plants – available on dailymotion
Garden Design Apps
You might want to try redesigning your own back garden using one of the following apps:
Watching the news:
You should be regularly watching the news to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in relations to the inter-relationship between people and the environment. You will be really surprised how many of the news bulletins relate to what you are studying.