Horticulture and gardening

Learn about local plants and trees, gain practical gardening skills, and explore the beauty of Waltham Forest.

Two adults in a garden; one is mature and looking straight at the camera, the other is in the background looking down at the plants

Learn about plants, gardening and sustainability

In a dense, busy city like London it is wonderful to take time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Our courses are for anyone with an interest in gardening or who wants to learn about plants and their cultivation.

Our experienced lecturers will help you gain new skills on our beginner workshops and accredited courses. You can learn tree and plant identification on a plant walk, or attend gardening workshops and courses.

Practical skills: You can take a short course or attend a one-off workshop. Want to learn how to maintain your garden? Our gardening courses focus on fundamental skills; they combine theory and practice in garden planning, caring for planted areas, pruning and maintaining lawns.

Outdoor spaces: You can study in local parks (Lloyd Park and Leyton Jubilee Park) for most courses. Some short courses will be at Coronation Gardens and Vestry House Museum’s garden.

Sustainability: In the current climate emergency, the role of gardeners as advocates for nature and green spaces is more precious than ever. We will help you improve your knowledge and skills so you can make a difference and encourage sustainable gardening.

We have a great partnership with the borough’s Green Flag parks. Our courses are interlinked with several community and volunteering projects. They are an excellent introduction to Waltham Forest’s vibrant gardening community.

Free sessions: Not sure which course is for you? You can try one of our free taster workshops.

Learning with us: Our courses are in-person at a learning location, online or a blend of both online and in-person learning.

[Up to top of page]

What our learners say

‘I found the gardening course exciting: learning all about different trees and plants and how to help the environment. You can take things for granted; I now look at trees and nature and appreciate them more.’

Learner, Horticulture course

[Up to top of page]

Careers and opportunities

After completing our gardening courses, some learners move on to higher level horticulture courses, start working in the gardening industry, or set up their own business.

Example learner journey

You could begin by attending a one-off workshop like a plant identification walk. To build on this experience, you could attend another course or volunteer at a local park. To gain a deeper understanding, you could enrol on our City & Guilds Gardening Skills Level 1 course. You can then study a higher level course with us, or explore volunteering opportunities or paid employment.

[Up to top of page]

About us

Our horticulture tutors are expert gardeners and educators. Their experience spans amenity horticulture, organic gardening, food growing, bio-diversity and sustainability. Our main partner is the Waltham Forest Parks Development Team.

[Up to top of page]

Start a course

Find your course today: explore our prospectus and course listings

[Up to top of page]