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.
Offered Entirely Online
Science of Gardening is offered entirely online as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living. You can complete the entire Certificate online, from anywhere in the world!
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.
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.
"I have studied science in the past and I found both the Science of Gardening units to be really engaging as they allow you to apply scientific principles to your garden. I now have a much better understanding of soil and how plants grow which will help me in my quest to revegetate parts of my land. My lemon tree was also happy I did the course as I was able to identify and fix its nutrient deficiencies! I would recommend these units to anyone who wishes to gain a good overview of the science going on in their garden. The online format was convenient and you finish the second unit with a draft plan for your garden which I am now implementing."
– David from Tasmania.