Introduction to horticulture for beginners

Your tutor, Esther Wolff


Do you love gardening and want to understand more? Perhaps you've got the gardening bug but find yourself baffled by terms like 'hardy annual' and 'herbaceous perennial', feel bamboozled by all those Latin names, or simply want to understand why some plants thrive in your clay soil while others turn their toes up... then this course is for you!

This five-week course is designed as a 'crash course' in horticulture for gardeners. It is aimed those with some practical experience, who would like to understand more about why or when we do certain jobs in the garden. It aims to equip you with the confidence and knowledge to look after your plants and undertake a range of garden tasks. It will cover the following topics:

- Basic botany: understanding how plants work and turning it to the gardener’s advantage
- Soil: why soil is fundamental to a good garden, and how to improve your soil
- Propagation: how to get new plants cheaply – or free!
- Looking after your plants: feeding, watering and protecting from pests and diseases
- Tools and techniques for the hobby gardener

Your tutor, Esther Wolff, is an experienced gardener based in North Yorkshire. Esther has qualifications in horticulture and garden design and works part-time as a horticultural advisor with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This is an informal, friendly course which aims to give participants plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Information will be presented using a slide pack and photographs. The course includes PDF handouts on all the topics covered.

What you will need

This course is delivered over Zoom so you will need a computer and fast internet connection, and an understanding of how to use Zoom.


Esther Wolff at The Gardener's Friend

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


5 weeks (7:00pm to 8:30pm)

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