RHS Level 2 – The Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

If you are looking for a new start in a horticultural career or want to delve further into garden planning for personal interest, an RHS Level 2 course is an excellent way to get started.

Course runs Tuesdays, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Next Course Starts: Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have postponed the starting of our next course. To be kept informed of our next start date, please keep checking our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

This recognised qualification is ideal for those wanting a route to employment in professional horticulture, or for those who are already working in horticulture who want to develop their knowledge, further study, or interested in improving their skills. The course covers a wide range of horticultural topics and up-to-date working practices. It is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge of plants and horticultural practices.

The course is part-time so particularly suitable for those with work or other commitments.

The Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance consists of four units which cover the scientific principles of horticultural practices:

  • Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
  • Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
  • Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
  • Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

There are no entry requirements and all learners are welcome. We are committed to facilitating access to qualifications through reasonable adjustments to assessment arrangements for candidates with an identified specific need. An example of a reasonable adjustment which could be made is a large print examination paper or an application for extra time.

We will provide a selection of books and other learning resources to support students. As an approved Royal Horticultural Society Centre, we’re delighted to be able to hold RHS courses in our stunning grounds.  Students will also have the opportunity to explore the grounds of the Castle and undertake some practical aspects of the course in their historic setting.


I wanted a change of career so decided to sign up. The content of the topics was really interesting. It’s a very nice setting and great to be able to go and look around the gardens here. The café’s nice as well!” –  Joe Loveridge, Student 2018/19

I signed up wanting to do something for my own enjoyment. One of the strongest elements has been the supportive teaching. It’s been really helpful. Fantastic group of people, fantastic teaching and in a beautiful environment.” –  Louise Gardner, Student 2018/19

Course Details

Next course starts: TBC

A break for lunch will be included each day but lunch will not be provided. Hartlebury Castle serves delicious meals and cakes, as well as takeaway hot drinks, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Course duration: 30 weeks of teaching between September – June. Breaks in half terms, Easter and Christmas with time for final study before the exams.

Exams (Optional): Exams are sat at two points of the course; usually February & June. Dates are set by RHS. Exams are optional, but required if you wish to receive your official qualification.

Cost: £700 + Exam Fees
Payment can be taken in installments if requested*

The Tutor

Judy Knight trained in Garden Design at Pershore College and has spent over 10 years designing and creating approximately 100 gardens across Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.

She was the local coordinator for the Society of Garden Designers for 7 years and delivers talks and courses on all aspects of designing, creating and maintaining gardens.

Covid-19 Response

We are closely following governmental guidelines ensuring that measures are in place to safely run the course.  The training room is set up to allow for social distancing.  Full details of the measures in place and recommendations for students are provided nearer the course start date.

In the event that classes can not take place on site, they will be run online through Zoom.

Booking & Further Information

If you would like to book or require futher information, please contact Chantel – activities@hartleburycastle.com

*Upon commencement of the course you commit to paying the full amount. If you choose to leave the course, we will require the full outstanding amount.