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20 Weeks
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Exclusive to Coolings! Plants and Plantsmanship

Course Length: 20 Weeks Tutor: Tessa Allen

Course dates, time and price

Starts Wednesday 18th September 2024 for 20 weeks (split into two 10 week sessions)

Every Wednesday from 10am to 12.30pm



About the course

For ‘plantaholics’ everywhere.

Each session includes a detailed look at 10 plants, themed by season and used within the garden, followed by demonstrations and discussions of key garden practices.

Relax and have fun, learning in the company of fellow gardeners. No exams, no pressure, no requirement for any prior course attendance.

Suitable for anyone with a love of gardening who would like to increase their plant knowledge and learn how to get the best from the plants in their garden.

What you will learn

Topics to include:

  • Weekly plant identification of up to 10 plants, with lots of information on where they grow best, the top cultivars to choose, with really useful growing and maintenance tips.
  • Understanding your garden soil.
  • Seed sowing, pruning and pest & disease problems.

This course will feature tours of the garden centre to view and discuss the best products on offer for growing and displaying plants, and how to keep your plants healthy, reducing the use of chemicals.

Your tutor will also demonstrate planting and maintenance techniques.

Botanical names of plants will be used alongside the common names.

About the tutor

Tessa Allen has taught horticulture for over 35 years and the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture for the last 23 years. Throughout, Tessa has had a high achievement and retention rate, which she puts down to the friendly but organised classroom atmosphere.

How to apply

To apply for this course please complete the Booking Enquiry form by clicking the ‘Booking Form’ button on the top right hand-side of this page.

Should you have any further queries relating to this course, please complete the Booking Enquiry form or telephone the team at Coolings on 01959 532269 or email

If you are interested in any of our courses that are currently full please contact us to join the waiting list.  If there is sufficient interest then we will always consider running another course.

Please note, courses will only be cancelled if not viable to run.

Where the course is held

All courses are held in the education centre at Coolings The Gardener’s Garden Centre, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt, Kent, TN14 7NN

The benefits of learning at Coolings

We provide a fantastic learning atmosphere in our purpose-built education centre, just a stone’s throw from our production nursery, display gardens and garden centre that holds the biggest selection of plants in the South East.

Other benefits include:

  • 15% discount for students at all Coolings Garden Centres for the duration of your course (exclusions apply).
  • Celebratory evening for students and tutors upon completion of your course where drinks and canapes or a light buffet will be provided (excluding Planting Design for Beginners course).
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Tea and coffee provided.