Dr Noel Kingsbury

RHS Level 2: Plant Science I

Course Description

RHS Level 2: Principles of Horticulture Plant Science I online course will develop your knowledge of plant structure and functions, along with teaching you about plant naming.

This course is the new syllabus and will be available to start subject to RHS accreditation in September 2022. Some lessons and tutors may change slightly depending on the course and filming structure.

You’ll learn how to identify and describe plants, how to select the best plants for each garden project and how to ensure those plants survive and thrive.

You’ll learn how to use technical language to describe and classify plants.

You’ll look at how a plant is structured, understand plant tissues and grow your knowledge on plant and tissue functions and characteristics.

This module also includes an exploration of plant growth processes and how the environment can impact on plant function. You’ll also look at the impact of climate change on plants and their functions.

Course outline

  • Scientific and common plant names

    In this lesson we’ll look at horticultural terminology and plant names, you’ll learn how to identify plant groups and plant families and the impact of a plant’s growth stage.

  • Lifecycle adaptations

    This lesson includes how the plant lifecycle can have horticultural impact, including plant lifecycle adaptations and how to use these in garden and planting plans.

  • External parts of the plant

    We’ll look at the professional horticultural terminology for the external characteristics of a plant including roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

  • Internal plant structures

    We’ll look at the horticultural importance, characteristics and functions of a plant’s roots, stems and leaves.

  • Pollination and fertilisation

    You’ll learn why pollination and plant fertilisation are important, and how the processes work. Plus develop your understanding of your role as a horticulturalist in pollination.

  • Photosynthesis and respiration

    In this lesson we’ll look at the process, concept and importance of photosynthesis and respiration for plant growth.

  • Movement of water through the plant

    We’ll learn the process of water uptake by a plant and how water moves through the plant.

Gardening classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

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    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
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    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Dr Noel Kingsbury

Dr Noel Kingsbury - Gardening

Kingsbury's garden writing is among the best you will find in the English language.

From the blog View from Federal Twist, James R. Golden
Dr Noel Kingsbury is an acclaimed garden designer, best-selling author of numerous books and long-time collaborator of the renowned designer Piet Oudolf. With a doctorate from the University of Sheffield he is a leading figure in naturalistic planting design and the New Perennial Movement.

Noel Kingsbury is an international garden designer and writer on gardening, plant sciences and related topics. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes (e.g. the 1996 publication of 'The New Perennial Garden', pub. Frances Lincoln, London), and his 25 year collaboration with Dutch garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf on books on planting design. He writes sometimes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated magazine and The Garden - the membership magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies. In collaboration with Tim Richardson Kingsbury has edited Vista, the Culture and Politics of Gardens and co-chairs events at the Garden Museum in London under the title 'Vista'. He has worked with several notable garden photographers, such as Marianne Majerus and Andrea Jones.

Kingsbury earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2009, for a thesis on the Long term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation. He continues to research in this area.

Kingsbury has also written a history of plant breeding, Hybrid, The History and Science of Plant Breeding (2009).

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  • Royal Horticultural Society
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