The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, 5km north west of the city centre and is accessible by the 4, 9 and 83 buses. Having our college located in the National Botanic Gardens provides students with a unique training opportunity. There is a strong tradition of training at the National Botanic Gardens dating back to 1812.
Our aim is to train students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and a large selection of Horticultural Businesses. Currently we are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students. The College of Amenity Horticulture is non-residential with students finding accommodation in the locality.
While on courses students are trained in the theory and practice of horticulture and get an opportunity to work in a practical way alongside skilled horticulturalists as part of their training. Graduates of our courses contribute in many sectors of the horticulture industry, such as, landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping.
All aspects of Horticulture are being studied on our programmes from Level 5 to Level 7 and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.
John Mulhern, College Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
The current pandemic will have a huge impact on all service delivery in Ireland. Everyone is aware of the impact that social distancing will have on the provision of all services in the country and education delivery is no exception. In the event that the Government and the HSE issues further guidelines in relation to social distancing and consequent classroom usage we will be following these appropriately. Our current plan for horticulture course delivery in September 2020 will include a combination of online theory classes which may be taken by the student in real time or at a time that suits them, and for the purposes of practical instruction and assessment, small practical groups will be held in the National Botanic Gardens or Teagasc Ashtown that consist of socially distanced groups wearing appropriate PPE. Students will have the capacity for learning online remotely and taking appropriate exams in a similar way. Students will need a suitable device to access the internet for this purpose. Practical schedules and class programmes will be outlined at the start of the academic programme in order that students can plan around this.
Peter Kelleher is studying Horticulture QQI level 5 at the College of Amenity and Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens. Watch this video to hear why he decided to study horticulture and about a skill he has learned on the course
See below some video clips on our college and its extensive facilities that exist in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and in Teagasc Ashtown where students conduct their studies in Landscaping, Nursery Stock, Turfgrass and Sustainable Food Production.