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Practical Training for Domestic Gardeners

Day Courses


The School of Garden Design Studio, Hillcrest

On-site Training : Corporates


Random Harvest Nursery, Muldersdrift


Hout Bay


If it is more convenient to have your staff trained on site, we will be happy to accommodate you, provided that we have access to a venue, catering and, to complete the practical, we will need compost, fertilisers and a suitable area in which to work.


Morning - Afternoon: 08h30 – 15h45


Course Dates for 2024


2 Feb; 1 March; 5 April; 30 May; 28 June; 26 July; 23 August; 27 Sept; 25 October; 22 November


16 Feb; 15 March; 7 June; 13 Sept; 1 Nov




A set of notes is given to each student, either in Zulu or English, at their request.

Who Benefits From This Course

Any gardener who works in the domestic, commercial or landscaping environment.


(We also offer an advanced design course for domestic gardeners, usually held on demand once a year. Please enquire about this course with our office)


Students are energised and inspired by this course. Employers always comment on the marked difference of their gardener’s behaviour once he/she returns to work after attending this course. The students also interact with other like-minded gardeners and they get to share their frustrations and problems with their work in a regulated environment.


Theory :

  • Soils - soil analysis, composition, repair and maintenance

  • Making and using compost and mulch;

  • Understanding and using fertilisers (organic and inorganic);

  • Tools and their care;

  • Planting techniques;

  • Pruning;

  • Lawn establishment and care;


Practical :

At each course we strip, prepare, design and plant a different section of garden, utilising every aspect of the theory they have learnt so that the trainers can assess the skill of the student.


Some design is also touched upon as we redo a section of garden for each practical session.


We also have a nursery at our disposal where the students learn more about plants, their form and texture, their use in the decorative sense as well as their medicinal uses.


Each participant in this course is presented with a beautiful Certificate of Attendance.


We will shortly announce our second practical gardening course for Kwazulu-Natal. We also offer a garden design course over two days for domestic gardeners who show interest in this skill. Kindly enquire directly with our office in this regard.

Onsite Training:

In 2014 we carried out two days of training for Msinsi Holdings at Nagle Dam.


In 2015, we trained the entire staff complement of several landscaping firms in Gauteng at our venue at Random Harvest Nursery.

In 2016, we trained the gardening staff for Executive Rentals in Kwazulu-Natal and went on to establish a success team that is now permanently employed to care for the gardens.


In 2018, we trained the gardening staff of several primary and secondary schools in both Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng

Is Previous Experience Required?

No previous experience is required.

Course Enquiries

You can submit your form in two ways:

1) Download the form, complete it upload it to an online hosting service such as Google Docs, then submit the document sharing URL along with your details to the form on this page.

2) Download the application form, complete it and email it to

We will be in contact with you shortly after the forms are submitted, but should you not hear from us within 48 hours please send a follow up email to the address above.

On application, you will be requested to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit.

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