Make Your Own Plants

Ref: C3840590

You will learn to identify a number of wild and cultivated plants. Basic plant theory will help you understand the relationships between them and how this knowledge can be useful in gardening and ecology. We will go through the theory and practice of several propagation techniques that can help you save money and produce healthy and productive plants. The course will be taught very hands-on, with walks in the local area, visits to projects and practical propagation activities. Students will be able to share plants with each other and take them home to their own gardens.

Course aim

Introduce the basic principles of plant identification and techniques for growing plants from seeds, cuttings and other methods Develop skills and knowledge to identify and propagate plants

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify common local plants using characteristics of different plant parts
  • Explain the basic life cycle of plants and some of its variations
  • Grow vegetables, herbs and trees from seed
  • Carry out basic propagation – simple cuttings and layering, root division, seed saving and starting
  • Explain how to graft and bud plants, and find resources to develop those skills

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Much of the work will be practical.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Books, Compost, pots and some plants and seeds will be provided. Bring plants and seeds you want to share or learn more about. Gardening gloves and books or online resources for plant identification may be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • There are a number of local volunteer projects for people interested in horticulture. Local colleges also offer horticulture courses. The WEA offers follow-on courses on Forest Gardening and Permaculture for Sustainable Living.

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Make Your Own Plants


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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