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RHS: Plant Propagation (4)

Taught by Dr Noel Kingsbury

‘The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies‘ ~ Gertrude Jekyll

Course Description

In this module candidates will come to terms with the main practices of propagation in horticulture. Distinctions will be made between sexual and non-sexual methods of reproduction, and candidates will become familiar with vegetative propagation - including its advantages and its disadvantages. The module will also inform candidates of the ideal conditions for sowing, both in containers and in open ground.

Course outline

  • Understanding Propagation

    This lesson will examine the distinctions between sexual and non-sexual reproduction. You will focus on growing from seed. This will include the advantages and disadvantages of growing from seed, as well as the correct methods for seed collection and storage.
  • Sowing Seeds in Containers

    In this lesson that focuses predominantly on sowing in containers (although you will also look at various methods for sowing in open ground) you will learn about the most successful approaches to container sowing. This includes: the correct growing media; sowing density; and the possible varied growing conditions (e.g. light and heat).
  • Vegetative Propagation

    This final lesson will teach you all about the advantages and disadvantages of vegetative propagation. You will also study the natural and artificial methods of vegetative propagation, including an in-depth study of the process of growing from cuttings.

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About Dr Noel Kingsbury

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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