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College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens



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 the college located in The 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 the Golfing Union of Ireland.

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 at all levels and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.

John Mulhern, College Principal, john.mulhern@teagasc.ie

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Advanced Certificate in Greenkeeping FETAC Level 6

The Advanced Certificate in Greenkeeping Level 6 in the original course format is no longer being run in the college. Students wishing to pursue a career in greenkeeping are advised to follow either the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture and then do a Level 6 stream in Turfgrass or the WIT Level 7 degree course which contains an elective in greenkeeping and turfgrass and a placement in turfgrass in year 2. For further details contact the college directly.

Graduation class of 2011 of the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Graduation class of 2011 of the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7) conducted between Teagasc and Waterford Institute of Technology

Four QQI Level 6 component awards are being offered in Sports turf Science and Maintenance, Market Gardening, Nursery Stock Production, Garden centre management Landscape Design and Construction. These courses are intended for prospective students who are currently employed in the horticulture industry and who wish to further their career development in their chosen sector. These courses will enable the student to develop a greater understanding of the sciences underpinning their sector and will also help them improve their skills and competence at a practical level. Ecology and the environment level 6 is also offered and no industry experience is required.

During regular academic term, part time courses are offered at Level 5 alongside our full time programme. These courses are intended for those who have a keen interest in horticulture and who wish to improve their skills and competence in these very important areas.

These courses include:


Application L5 Component Awards 2016 (Word Doc)

More information is available here: Horticulture Courses


The Green Cert refers to a list of land based courses which qualifies a person as a ‘trained farmer’. These could be in horticulture, agriculture, forestry or equine studies.

Having a ‘Green Cert’ is also one of the conditions of stamp duty exemption on the transfer of a farm to a son or daughter. It also meets the criteria for schemes or grants that may be available from time to time e.g. Young Farm Scheme and some horticulture grants.

In Teagasc College of Amenity horticulture, Glasnevin, it is possible obtain either a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture or the Degree in Horticulture with WIT to achieve a ‘Green Cert’. No other documentation is provided as evidence of meeting this standard.

Teagasc also offer “The distance education green cert” course to those who have completed non-agricultural studies at level 6 or higher.

The college will have information session in the coming months.

Spring 2017 - ‘Careers day in Horticulture’ will take place on Thursday March 9th 2017, from 2pm to 4pm – more details to follow.

If you would like to be kept up to date about our open days please contact botanic.college@teagasc.ie.

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The College of Amenity horticulture is a non-residential college. Students acquire accommodation in the vicinity of the Botanic Gardens. An accommodation list is available from the college. Good opportunities for accommodation are available on many web sites and in the daily newspapers. It is best to seek such accommodation well in advance of the start of the college year.

The facilities at the college include student and staff canteen, library, computer laboratory, study facilities, fully equipped lecture rooms and drawing studio. Wi-Fi is available in the main college buildings. In addition to the full facility of the Botanic gardens itself the college has particular facilities for training in horticultural practice and skills.

When students attend courses at the Gardens they become part of all the activities of the National Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens visitor centre has an all year round programme of horticultural lectures and exhibitions at which all students are welcome. Various botanical and horticultural societies hold events in the National Botanic Gardens.

Students take part in Macra na Feirme and inter college competitions and there is a horticultural education society and a student social society. They get involved in fund raising activities, carol singing and organise an annual educational tour.

An award is made to the student with the best result at Level 5, Level 6 and Bachelor of Science in Horticulture.

The Botanic Gardens were established in 1795 under the auspices of the Dublin Society, later the Royal Dublin Society, at the behest of the Irish Parliament to 'promote a scientific knowledge in the various branches of agriculture'. The garden is Ireland's premier botanical and horticultural establishment. It occupies a beautiful 19 hectares site with the river Tolka forming the northern boundary. It contains over 20,000 plant species and cultivars including many exceptional specimens.

There are plants for scientific research, conservation, education and display as well as dried plant specimens (herbarium) and an extensive horticultural library.There are some magnificant trees, many outstanding displays of shrubs and perennials and the famous Victorian glasshouses including Turner's magnificent curvilinear range.

Over the past two centuries the gardens have played a central role in botanical and horticultural advancement in Ireland. Plants and seeds have been imported and new cultivars and species distributed to gardeners and nurseries.

Visit the website of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland.

John Mulhern, College Principal  
Emer Kearney, Administration Office 
Colm Dockrell, Assistant Principal 
Paul Fitters, Lecturer 
Chris Heavey, Lecturer 
Louise Jones, Lecturer 
Linda Murphy, Lecturer 
Yvonne Sheridan, Lecturer 
Eileen Woodbyrne, Lecturer 
Michael Black, Technician 
Ciaran Clarke, Technician 
John Meehan, Technician
Christine Murray, Technician 
Denis Murtagh, Technician 
Margie Phillips, Technician 
Paddy Smith, Lecturer

College staff

College staff