Horticultural Skills (City and Guilds Individual Units)


Horticultural Skills (City and Guilds individual units)

This course is run as stand alone days throughout the year, so that you learn skills naturally as the season progresses.  You can attend as many or few days as you wish, and book as you go.  If you wish to be assessed for the City and Guilds qualification you will need to attend a minimum of 1 day and 1 assessment session for an award, 3 days and 2 assessment sessions for a certificate and 5/6 days plus 3/4 assessment sessions for a diploma, dependent upon which skills you choose.

We pride ourselves in delivering horticultural courses that are unique.  You will have access to the full range of resources at our cut flower nursery, and have the chance to learn through lots of hands-on activities.

Course days will include all the principles of organic horticulture – from soil management, plant propagation, plant establishment, plant maintenance, pest and disease control, to plant characteristics, composting, companion planting, and much, much more!

Cost includes all materials and light refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake!) Please bring a packed lunch to enjoy in our gardens.

In order to gain the City and Guilds qualification students will need to attend  separate assessment mornings quarterly (dates are TBA) There will be an additional fee for assessment, registration and certification.  Attendance on the course does not guarantee success in the qualification. Candidates will have to meet the City and Guilds qualification standards.

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Horticultural skills: learn a broad range of practical horticultural skills through our series of one day courses, focusing on individual City & Guilds units and organic horticulture.

Organic Blooms is a Social Enterprise based just outside of Bristol. We grow beautiful seasonal British cut flowers and herbs – sustainably and without the use of artificial chemicals.

Growing cut flowers is therapeutic, at Organic Blooms we use all the wonders of working with nature to benefit local people with disabilities and support needs. We have adapted our working nursery and employ specialist staff to support people to gain valuable skills and the confidence to get into work.

If you love flowers, care about where they come from and how they are grown, then an Organic Blooms workshop could be just what you’ve been looking for!

Visit our courses and workshops page for the range of what we offer through the year.


Please tell us in the message box if you have any specific dietary requirements.

If you have support needs, please contact us before booking so that we can discuss support during the course, workshop or event. We are not able to accommodate accompanying people free of charge.

Babies and children are not permitted on site during courses, workshops and events (with the exception of open days).

Cancellations 12 weeks or more before the course, workshop or event start date receive a full refund.
Cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course, workshop or event start date receive a 75% refund.
Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course, workshop or event start date receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations within 2 weeks of the course, workshop or event start date are not entitled to a refund.

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Dates for Units

5th August 2019 – semi ripe cuttings, sowing biennials, garden maintenance, 9th September 2019 – shrub and perennials, bulb planting, 14th October 2019 – no dig gardening, composting, soils, 11th November 2019 – lifting and dividing, coppicing, hardwood cuttings, 9th December 2019 – winter planters, winter tree identification, 13th January 2020 – Garden Machinery Use and Maintenance, 10th February 2020 – Fruit Tree Pruning, Veg Propagation, Hardwood and Root Cuttings, 9th March 2020 – Tree Planting and Rose Pruning, 13th April 2020 – Soils and Ph Testing, Ground prep and Planting, 11th May 2020 – Propagation by Seed inside and outside, 8th June 2020 – Plant Maintenance and Veg Propagation, 13th July 2020 – Pest and Disease ID and Plant ID


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