Introduction to Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

Introduction to Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

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**Our next course commences on 2nd August 2019

Course Summary

Are you interested in learning the basics of how to create and maintain a garden from exploring design options through to caring for chosen plants?  Would you like to find out more about possible horticulture training, volunteering and career pathways?   Join CERES Trainer, Belinda Kennedy, as she introduces you to the stages of designing, building, planting and maintaining a garden.


Belinda Kennedy has been studying and working within the horticulture industry for over 10 years, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management utilisiing permaculture principles. She has worked in numerous fields within the horticulture industry from training courses to garden maintenance and revegetation work. Belinda is currently employed as the Site Horticultralist and Volunteer Coordinator at CERES Environment Park and runs a sustainable garden design and maintenance company. Through her work as volunteer coordinator at CERES she is responsible for the management, eduction and work place safety of large groups of community and corporate volunteers. Along with her hands on experience she is currently working on several literary productions based on permaculture and sustainable gardening along with producing a plant data base for the inner Melbourne region. Belinda has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture at Melbourne University, a Permaculture design certificate and has attended several short courses on sustainable gardening, native revegetation, organic gardening, and composting.

Course length: 10 sessions > 10am – 3pm


  1. Introduction to garden design and maintenance
  2. Soils, Compost and Mulch
  3. Sustainable pest and weed identification and control
  4. Fertilisers and plant food
  5. Plant selection and identification/Planting methods and settlement
  6. Pruning, trellising, training and plant support
  7. Site analysis and design elements
  8. Watering systems & Design work
  9. Constructing a garden – site preparation, building, planting and mulching
  10. Where to now? Exploration of further training, volunteering and employment opportunities                                                                         ** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $85 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or karen.mengell@ceres.org.au for more information and to book an interview. 

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What you will learn
  • How to create and maintain a garden
  • Career and volunteer opportunities in horticulture
  • Garden design and how to care for chosen plants
What you will get
  • Plenty of hands on activities
  • Opportunities to learn from a real working farm
  • Ability to engage and interact with CERES horticulture expertise

What to bring
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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06 June 2017 • Introduction to Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

Nothing you can't read yourself on Google. 98% theory 2% practical

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