Dr Noel Kingsbury
RHS Level 2: Plant Science I
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.
Scientific and common plant names
External parts of the plant
Internal plant structures
Pollination and fertilisation
Photosynthesis and respiration
Movement of water through the plant
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Meet Dr Noel Kingsbury
Kingsbury's garden writing is among the best you will find in the English language.
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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