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Science of Gardening

Science of Gardening is for everyone, from avid green-thumbs with a lifetime of experience to those planting their first seedling.

Sustainable living starts at home, so in this unit you’ll learn the science behind traditional and modern gardening techniques, and this will change the way you see your plants, and change the way you garden.

Important and interesting questions for gardeners include: Why are plants arranged into families, and what features do they share? What are plants made of, and how do they grow? Why does soil type and nutrient availability affect plant health? How do seeds know when to germinate, and how does the environment shape the way plants grow? What determines when plants flower and set seed?

Answers to all these questions and more when you study Science of Gardening.


Support sustainable development
This unit is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goals, helping to build literacy of sustainability at a global level that we are dedicated to supporting through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.


Offered Entirely Online
Science of Gardening is offered entirely online as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living. You can complete the entire Diploma online, from anywhere in the world!


Apply for the Diploma of Sustainable Living
Science of Gardening is a unit offered within the Diploma of Sustainable Living. This Diploma covers a variety of sustainability topics to apply in your home, community, business or social enterprise.


What you will learn

On successful completion of this unit you will:


  • Be able to describe features of plants, pronounce scientific names with confidence, and identify important plant families
  • Understand the relationship between the internal structure of plants and their use of water and light to grow
  • Understand soil properties (pH, texture, structure) and soil chemistry that contribute to healthy growth of plants
  • Understand the controls of plant development: the signals for seed germination, flowering, and even senescence
  • Be able to manipulate plant growth to produce more flowers and fruit in your garden
  • Understand how vegetative propagation is possible and desirable in many garden plants
  • Understand that sexual reproduction can lead to diversity, and why an understanding of self-incompatibility and ploidy levels is essential in many cultivated plants
  • View gardening through a scientific lens.

Location: Online

Next unit start: Exact date TBC. Enrolments for 2021 will open in October 2020

General Enquiries:
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
1300 363 864

What students say...

“I am not really a ‘sciencey’ person, so to try a science course and feel like I was ‘getting it’ has been great!

I especially like that I can look back on the course material to deepen my understanding as I put my new gardening knowledge into practice. Thank you!”


– Claire from Victoria.