Published: 24 April 2015
Growing on Learning
The Gardening Times is delighted to announce that it will be working in association with The Horticultural Correspondence College to promote two of their popular gardening courses.
Founded in the 1930’s it was one of the first specialist horticultural distance-learning colleges. Since then many thousands of people have enrolled on their pioneering courses in order to gain additional knowledge and experience for use with their gardening hobby at home or to further their horticultural careers. 
HCC learners are of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience but all share in their desire to learn more about the fascinating world of gardens and gardening. No previous experience is required to enrol on the two courses described below.
The HCC is well recognised as a leading training provider and works with other professional associations, including The Royal Horticultural Society, The Royal Forestry Society, ABC Awards and Prisoners Education Trust. 

“We at The HCC are delighted to be working with Chris Allen and The Gardening Times. It is an exciting and interesting publication bringing gardening news and issues to the forefront of discussion. We look forward to working together and to welcoming The Gardening Times readers as students.”
The two courses being offered in association with The Gardening Times are ‘Start Gardening- the basics and beyond’ and ‘Leisure Gardening’


Start Gardening – the basics and beyond

This is the ideal course to gain a comprehensive introduction to key gardening principles and techniques. There will be plenty of information and support to understand the selection of topics that are highly transferable to learners own gardens.   These include; soils, composting, plant selection & maintenance plus the control of pests & diseases in garden settings,
Also knowing more about lawns and growing ornamental and edible crops is included in the course syllabus. Added skills will be gained with the sessions on garden planning and design principles, both will be enormously helpful to those wishing to create a beautiful and productive garden. 

Leisure Gardening

Everyone who enrols on this course will find it very informative without being too overpowering either with the content or their time. The aim is to give a gentle introduction to key gardening principles and practical ideas for day to day gardening at home.
Main topics will include; improving the soil, lawn care, flower borders and grow your own produce.
The aim of this course is to give learners the confidence and inspiration to try new things in their own gardens or share with family and friends.

What’s on offer when you enrol on one of these courses?

Both courses offer flexible home study with up to two years to complete if required. Throughout the period of learning learners will be supplied with quality course study material and tutor support.  On successful completion each learner will receive a Horticultural Correspondence College certificate. There are no formal exams with these two courses.

What next?

For further information on these courses and to enrol please using this link –  or call a student advisor on 0800 083 9191. 
Please quote ‘GARTIMES’ in your communication with the HCC.
There will be regular updates relating to the exciting developments with the HCC, keep an eye on the home page for news.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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