WHAT IS AMENITY HORTICULTURE?
Horticulture can be divided into two sectors:
- Crop Production
- Amenity Horticulture, which is involved with growing plants for recreational or ornamental purposes. However, these should not be seen as clear-cut divisions.
Boundaries defining the two sectors tend to vary from country to country and between horticultural institutions and employers. For example, some horticulturists might view floriculture enterprises or wholesale nurseries as being in the production sector, while others would classify them as amenity industries. Major sectors within the amenity horticulture industry typically include the following:
- Landscape industry
- Parks and gardens
- Turf management
- Nurseries – retail and wholesale
- Interior landscaping
Learn to manage gardens, parks and other forms of amenity horticulture with a Distance Learning Course
There are 7 lessons in this course:
- Nature and Scope of the Amenity Horticulture Industry
- What is amenity horticulture
- Landscape industries
- Parks and gardens
- Turf management
- Interior plantscaping
- Global Variations: Nature and Scope of the Amenity Horticulture Industry in Different Countries
- The changing nature of amenity horticulture
- PBL project to create and present a plan that identifies and compares global variations in the amenity horticulture industry.
- Benefits of Amenity Horticulture
- Amenity horticulture and society
- Aesthetic value
- Health benefits
- Benefits of gardening
- Horticultural therapy
- Kitchen garden programs
- Community gardens
- Recreational benefits of public open space
- Economic benefits
- Nature based tourism
- Private land use for recreation
- Environmental benefits
- Amenity Horticulture Management Options
- Management of amenity sites
- Management processes: planning, organising controlling, leading, etc
- The organisational structure
- Managing natural environments
- Good and bad management decisions
- Legal concerns for amenity horticulture
- Legal and illegal plants
- Law and money
- Land ownership
- Land planning and planning processes
- Central place theory
- Psycho social considerations
- Environmental concerns
- Determining Best Practice
- Best practice management
- How is best practice determined
- Quality systems
- Managing finance
- User pays pricing
- Managing physical resources
- Staff management
- Teams based management
- Managing workplace safety
- Risk control
- Preparing for the Future
- Future of Amenity horticulture
- Ecologically sustainable development
- PBL project to identify the current impacts on the environment of amenity horticulture operations in your area and suggest ways that ESD will impact on those operations and on the community in the short and long term.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
What You Will Do
- Describe the complexity of the amenity horticulture industry.
- Compare the changing complexity of the amenity industry in the UK, your own country (if different to the UK), and at least one other country.
- Discuss the diverse benefits that amenity horticulture offers to society.
- Explain processes underlying the natural and manmade environments used to manipulate and control amenity sites effectively within economic and environmental parameters.
- Identify legal, social, economic and environmental conditions that impact on amenity industry.
- Demonstrate prudent use of financial and physical resources to manage amenity landscapes.
- Identify and review the changing complexity of the amenity industry
Amenity horticulture has a vital role to play in the future management of the environment. As custodians of both natural and developed landscapes, amenity horticulturists will be increasingly responsible for ensuring the Earth’s resources are used in a responsible and sustainable manner.
This is a module from the RHS M.Hort (based on curriculum developed by the Royal Horticultural Society); this can be taken either as part of the M.Hort Program, as a module in one of our other qualifications or as a stand alone course (Ideal for use as a Professional Development program for persons working in the horticulture industry anywhere in the world).
THE CHANGING NATURE OF AMENITY HORTICULTURE
Amenity horticulture was once a labour intensive industry, requiring relatively large numbers of people carrying out a multitude of physical tasks ranging from skilled work, such as tree surgery and pruning, to heavy labouring work such as digging or moving heavy loads of soil and rocks.
Engineering and scientific innovations, particularly since the mid 20th century, have changed the nature and scope of work in amenity horticulture. Innovations have not been the only factors in bringing about change though. Changing fashions, different lifestyles, economic pressures, and environmental changes have greatly impacted on the types of facilities and services used by the amenity horticulture industry, and also influenced what people want and expect from amenity horticulture.
Consider the following examples:
- Concern about water shortages is causing many gardener owners to choose different plants, or to manage their plants differently, for example, using more mulch and implementing other water conservation techniques.
- When the cost of maintaining gardens (private or public) increases too much, we seek garden designs that are low or no management.
- Machinery is allowing us to handle heavy jobs faster and with less manpower (eg. using machinery to reach the tops of tall trees, mow large areas, and remove dead trees), but only if the scale of operation is large enough to make the purchase and maintenance of expensive equipment viable.
- Services are being carried out more and more by specialist contractors (outsourcing).
- The world’s population is increasing. This increases the market for amenity horticulture, along with everything else. There may well be potentially increased demand in line with population growth (but this is a potential, and not necessarily a reality).
- The amount of time that people work, sleep, rest, and participate in leisure activities will affect the need for amenity horticulture facilities such as sports grounds, public parks and golf courses.
- The way people live and use their time in developed societies is in a constant state of change. People now spend more time using electronic devices (computers, i-pods, TVs etc), and on a pro rata basis, may spend less time using public parks or in other leisure pursuits. On the other hand, the more health and exercising programs are promoted or supported institutionally, the more people need outdoor areas to exercise, relax and find contact with nature.
- As cities grow and land prices increase, the available land (both public and private land) for horticulture is likely to diminish. The amount of horticulture does not necessarily decrease as a result – but the nature and scope changes.
- As people become more affluent, they have surplus money to pay people to landscape and maintain their gardens, and even care for their indoor plants.
- Legislative changes can (and have) also affected the nature and scope of amenity horticulture. Planning laws in some places require certain landscaping to be carried out and approved as part of property developments. Other laws require planting to be undertaken or maintained in a certain way; for example, ensuring branches or roots do not damage neighbouring properties, and controlling the spread of noxious weeds. Water safety concerns result in legislation to fence pools and ponds.
- Knowledge and awareness of health and safety factors increases and impacts on amenity horticulture. Certain plants that cause allergy problems are being avoided; fire resistant plants are being planted in preference to highly inflammable plants. Property security is another concern in garden design.
- As the physical and psychological importance of plants is understood and acknowledged, the nature and degree of attention given to amenity horticulture changes.
WHY CHOOSE US?
• Reputation: well-known and respected in horticulture
• Industry focus: courses designed to suit industry needs and expectations
• Different focus: develop problem solving skills that make you stand out from others
• Hands on: develop practical as well as theoretical skills
• Lots of help: dedicated and knowledgeable tutors (Faculty of internationally renowned horticulturists)
• Efficient: prompt responses to your questions
• Reliable: established in 1979, independent school with a solid history
• Up to date: courses under constant review
• Resources: huge wealth of constantly developing intellectual property
• Value: courses compare very favourably on a cost per study hour basis
• Student amenities: online student room, bookshop, ebooks, acs garden online resources.
MEET OUR EXPERTS
|John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
Mr Mason has worked in horticulture since 1971 when he graduated from Australia's leading Horticultural College -Burnley. He has worked extensively around the world, in both Victoria and Queensland (Australia) and the UK. Former nurseryman, landscaper, parks director and horticultural consultant. Editor of 5 gardening magazines, author of more than 70 books, including several best sellers (eg. "Nursery Management", "Commercial Hydroponics", "Sustainable Agriculture")
started teaching and practicing hydroponics in the early 1970's.
Dr Lynette Morgan B.Hort.Tech(Hons), PhD in hydroponic greenhouse production
Partner in SUNTEC International Hydroponic Consultants, Lynette is involved in many aspects of production horticulture production, including remote and on site consultancy services for new and existing commercial greenhouse growers worldwide as well as research trials and product development for manufacturers of hydroponic products. Lynette is also the author of 6 hydroponic technical books
Bob James QDAH. B. Applied Sc(Hort Tech),Grad Dip. Mgt, M;Sc (Enviro Sc.), PDC.
Bob has over 50 years experience in Government and Private Horticulture and Environmental Management Consulting.
His work is diverse across most branches of horticulture including nurseries, landscaping, horticultural education, environmental assessment, land rehabilitation; and more.
Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V W'place Assess & Training, Adv.Dip.Hort. Adriana has written regularly for a range of publications (including Australia's national Grass Roots Magazine) since the early 1980's. She operated a herb garden in her previous home, hosting visits regularly from groups of students for plant identification and propagation lessons. She has worked in TAFE as a teacher and in community education as well as project management for the establishment of public parks and gardens. She continues to be actively involved in writing, horticultural consultancy and organic and practical gardening; in addition to her work for ACS.
Over 25 years of experience in horticulture, business and writing.
Maggi is regarded as an expert in Organic Growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more them three decades. She has exhibited at Chelsea Flower show and worked widely as a consultant for decades.
Gavin Cole B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design, MACA
Gavin has three decades of industry experience in Landscaping, Publishing and both the UK and Australia, across landscaping and the amenity plant sector. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own firm. He spent the best part of three years working in our Gold Coast office
|Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Higher Dip. (Garden Design), RHS Advanced Cert. Horticulture, Cert Admin.Mgt., Dip. Inst. Personnel Management
In addition to her RHS horticulture, garden design, City & Guild construction, NPTC pesticide/legislation and business/management qualifications, Diana has a variety of skills drawn from setting up Arbella Gardens, a landscape gardening business. She also has administrative, management and training delivery experience drawn from her employment in other organisations such as the NHS and other educational institutions such as schools & universities. She has augmented her training expertise having gained the Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector qualification. She also has experience gained through working as a volunteer in a number of different roles including amenity style gardening in parks and practical conservation work.
Rosemary Davies Dip Hort Sc. Originally from Melbourne, Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Burnley, a campus of Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others.
“This is the place to start for anyone with an interest in amenity horticulture or who wishes to understand the industry. Graduates will develop knowledge of the industry at both a global and local level of the different sectors of the industry and become familiar with responsible environmental management strategies of natural and created landscapes.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.