Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3743834

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

Gardening and learning for the more able who want to work independently or with a lower level of support. Learning basic horticulture and plant care skills alongside an awareness of the natural world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Gardeners planning to attend without own support may want to talk with the Tutor via the WEA before enrolling.

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

  • Plant a variety of vegetable and flower seeds
  • Monitor their growth in order to create healthy plants.
  • Identify a range of spring plants
  • Undertake a range of general garden maintenance tasks.
  • Use a range of suitable garden tools, returning clean to store end of session.

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
  • Learners will be encouraged to work un aided on some tasks when ready. Assessments are informal when the individual is ready. All achievements and tasks are recorded verbally in the group diary at end of session

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
  • Opportunity to discuss and record tasks in the group diary end of session

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • Personal clothing suitable for gardening and working outside especially footwear and well fitting gloves. Support staff should be suitably dressed in order to support. Packet lunch for staff and learner.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Gardening programmes on TV, gardening magazines and garden visits would be beneficial.

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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