Horticulture: Gardening & Landscaping

Horticulture is the growing of flowers, study of plants, design of gardens and construction of landscapes. The industry, art and science of Horticulture is fundamental to our health, quality of life and enriching our environment. It's an extraordinary world.


  • Students won a gold medal and Best in Show for their entry in the Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ideal Home Show in March 2017
  • Our courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture
  • You will go on regular field trips to a range of botanical gardens including RHS Wisley, RHS Hyde Hall and Cambridge Botanical Gardens
  • You will take part in projects at local schools and businesses such as maintaining, planting, and designing gardens - which looks great on your CV

Want to be a part of it?

By choosing a Horticulture course at WUC you will learn about garden design and history, landscape construction, plant and soil science, plant production and identification, and estate management.

You will gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of planting, growing and caring for plants, shrubs and trees - including fruits and vegetables - in our temperature-controlled glasshouse, gardens and large collection of plants across campus.

You will learn the principles and practices of garden and landscape design, including the use of software such as Vectorworks and construction using a range of modern landscape materials in our amenity building. You will learn skills including paving, bricklaying and carpentry. You will also study the latest in horticultural technology and health and safety, and develop essential skills in tractor driving and operating estate machinery from mowers to strimmers.

All of our courses combine theory with practical work and include work placements to enhance your learning. You will be highly employable, but will also finish your studies with the skills and confidence to set up your own business if you wish.

Study Horticulture at WUC and you could find a job working in historical and botanical gardens, landscape management, country parks, recreation and golf courses. For commercial horticulture, you may go into the growing of food crops, ornamental crops, hardy nursery stock production as well as floriculture and retailing.

There could also be opportunities to progress on to a higher level of study, including a horticulture degree with us WUC.

Approved Centre

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) logo

Writtle University College is an Approved Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Centre.

Endorsed By

Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Our horticulture courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and are constantly updated to keep pace with this fast-changing and dynamic industry.

Aged 19 or over?

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