Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3743833

Suitable for men and women wanting to learn at Supported Learning beginner level all types of plant care and propagation while having opportunities to work with a range of tools on garden maintenance projects suitable to the individual's ability. Learning with support to become a good all round gardener. Occasionally when ready, expected to work alone. The 4 hour session will gently encourage increased stamina and concentration and provide opportunity for more in depth learning if required.

Course aim

Our aim is to promote health and well-being for supported learning students through a closeness to nature, plant knowledge and horticulture, friendships and gardening.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • For learners with more challenging behaviour or conditions a pre-visit to the garden to meet the tutor may be advisable.

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

  • Plant a variety of vegetable and flower seeds
  • Monitor their growth and care to enable healthy useful plants.
  • Identify( 5 minimum) a range of spring plants.
  • Undertake a range of suitable gardening maintenance projects
  • Use a variety of gardening tools, returning to store clean after use.

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
  • The end of session group diary will record each learners tasks that session for evidence of their progress.

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
  • Each learner (sometimes with help from Support staff) will verbally record their tasks each session in the group diary.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Encouragement to work in the gardens at home is encouraged and supported if requested. Gardening TV programmes and magazines are useful and garden visits encouraged. Internet searches encouraged if available.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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