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Awards and Certificates Presented to Teagasc Horticulture Graduates

Awards and certificates were presented to 130 graduates of Teagasc Amenity Horticulture Courses by Mr. Bertie Ahern, TD, at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin this week.

The 66 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, who were conferred at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) on Friday, 5 November, received their awards from Mr. Ahern. They had completed a three-year horticulture course, based in the Botanic Gardens in collaboration with ITB. Some of these graduates completed their degree course on a work based entry system. Graduates will go into employment in a variety of sectors of horticulture, including landscape design, landscape contracting, parks management, garden centres and Greenkeeping with some pursuing further studies.

Certificates were presented to 60 students who completed one-year courses in Horticulture FETAC Levels 5 and 6. Thirty students were presented with Advanced Certificates in Greenkeeping FETAC Level 6 by Mr. Pat O’Dwyer, Convenor, Greenkeeper Training Committee, Golfing Union of Ireland.

Ms Siobhán O'Rourke, a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, received the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture medallion for the best performance on the horticultural course.

The presentation was followed by a reception in the Visitor Centre at the National Botanic Gardens and guests had an opportunity to visit the magnificently-restored Palm House resplendent with its plant collection.

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, in co-operation with the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, the National Botanic Gardens, the National Parks, Dublin and County Parks Authorities, FAS and commercial horticultural enterprises, provides courses in a wide range of horticultural areas. At any time, in the region of 350 students are on courses based in the Gardens, where they contribute to the work of the Gardens as part of their practical training. They also are allocated work placements in various enterprises and institutions in Ireland and abroad during their training. Courses are FETAC or HETAC accredited.

Harold Lawlor, Principal of the college of amenity horticulture, botanic gardens said; "These courses combine science, business and art. Graduates have a very successful rate of employment uptake because they cover such a wide range of activities. We have both mature students and school leavers together with students employed in the industry taking work based courses. The enthusiasm and interest in plants unites all students and they can use this wonderful Botanic Gardens as their textbook."