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Horticulture Courses in Guildford, Surrey

The world would be nothing without plants... they feed us, clean our air and provide us with a beautiful, green environment to live in. Horticulture offers a very rewarding career and the industry lies at the very heart of the nation’s passion for plants and gardens, both domestic and commercial. 

With a long-standing heritage and an expanding retail sector, it is one of the largest employers in the UK. A career in horticulture could mean anything from a hands-on gardener working for a private household, to a research scientist studying new species for a large international company.

Merrist Wood College has an established tradition of excellence with over 50 medals won at RHS Flower Shows, and a nursery housing a diverse range of plant and tree species. Our courses will provide you with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of a wide range of plants.

We have developed a considerable reputation for horticulture amongst industry specialists and you’ll be working under experienced and qualified tutors who bring a unique insight into the industry.

Horticulture Level 2 Diploma - 2020:21
amenity,landscaping,gardening,horticulture,level 2
 Adult  16-18 

Horticulture Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2020:21
gardening,level 3,horticulture
 Adult  16-18 


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RhsWebsiteLogoRHS courses at Merrist Wood College

Qualifications accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society provide a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices, and support career developments for those already working in the profession. 

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Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

  • College nurseries housing a diverse range of plant and tree species.

  • Established department with an excellent reputation in the horticulture industry.

  • Specialist staff with industry related experience.

  • Specialist hand tools, machinery and equipment.

  • Opportunity to showcase your talents at shows such as RHS Hampton Court and Chelsea, where Merrist Wood College has a strong tradition of excellence shown through multi-award winning gardens.

  • Opportunity to undertake professional qualifications validated by the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Trips to places of interest and visits from specialist guest speakers.



Horiculture - Jasmine 2018

Jobs in Horticulture

  • Gardener

  • Garden Centre Manager

  • Plant Breeder

  • Soil Scientist

  • Horticulturist

  • Vegetable Grower

  • Facility Manager

  • Plant Landscaper

  • Private Garden or Estates Manager



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Alex Sparks 2018

“My course has helped me a lot, and I have been offered a work placement at RHS Wisley next year.”

Alex, Horticulture Level 2

01483 88 40 00

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