2017 RHS Courses

Winterbourne Centre for Horticulture will be offering RHS qualifications from September 2017.

RHS Level 2

With no entry requirements, other than a passion for gardening, the Level 2 qualification is perfect for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge, or even get started on their dream career.

RHS Level 3

The Level 3 course allows you to build on your existing knowledge, either from the Level 2 course or from your time in horticulture, it’s great for taking your career to the next level, or even just indulging your interests.  Level 3 will be available from September 2018.

RHS Courses at Winterbourne

Our Tutors

Darren Rudge BSc (Hons) Hort, Cert Ed

Darren has spent his career delivering and managing horticultural and other land based qualifications as well as running a successful garden design consultancy.  He was one of the first recipients of the City and Guilds medal of excellence, awarded for his teaching and training.  He works as a quality assurance coordinator for a number of organisations, ensuring standards are maintained.  Darren regularly has articles published in the gardening press and is the permanent gardening expert for BBC WM 95.6 in the West Midlands, and was nominated for a garden media guild award in 2016.  Darren’s enthusiastic approaches to teaching and garden design aim to inspire and motivate, and are developed to make learning both enjoyable and progressive.

Helen Wood BSc (Hons) Hort, PGCE, MCIoH

Helen has over 18 years of experience of maintaining and designing gardens, alongside a dual career teaching horticulture and garden design.  Helen is an experienced and enthusiastic horticulturalist and teacher, always ready to share her interest, expertise and knowledge about plants and gardens.  She has run a successful garden design consultancy for 9 years, working on private and commercial gardens to the highest standards.  Helen also works with Royal Horticultural Society Qualifications as an examiner and has an in-depth knowledge of RHS courses and qualifications.

Helen and Darren have worked in partnership for many years.  They have designed and built domestic and commercial gardens and exhibited show gardens winning 5 medals at BBC Gardeners World Live; 1 bronze medal, 3 silver medals and in June 2011 won Gold and Best in Show for their natural playground, Naturally Playful.  They have also worked together to design innovative and inspiring teaching programmes, including RHS Certificates and even degree level study.  Both enjoy imparting their substantial knowledge using a range of teaching methods; for them there is no compromise when it comes to quality and enjoyment.

Enrolment for autumn 2017 will start in the spring, but in the meantime you can read about the course content on the RHS website.

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