B.E.S.T. in Horticulture Ltd

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gardenorganic-logoB.E.S.T. in Horticulture delivers RHS theory and practical courses at Ryton Organic Gardens & North Moreton in Oxfordshire.

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Distance Learning Courses

There are two study options for RHS courses, an online course and a correspondence course; you choose the method of study that suits you best.

Online study through a “virtual classroom”

Distance Learning

  • Log on to your dedicated online classroom for each unit
  • download all your notes, presentations and your revision workbook to read on or offline
  • View interactive materials and ‘self-test’ quizzes online
  • Contact your course tutor using the internal messaging system for feedback and support
  • Upload practice exam papers and questions,
  • Keep in touch with other students on your course through the online forum

Correspondence course with printed course book


  • Full-colour printed course materials for each unit
  • You can work whenever and wherever you like
  • a revision workbook  and unit exercises to complete, to help you consolidate your knowledge
  • Contact your course tutor via email, phone or post  for support in your studies
  • Your tutor will mark your revision workbook and send you questions and a mock examination paper for each unit, give you feedback and help you to prepare for examinations.

Blended Learning Courses

Blended Learning is a combination of distance learning, practical teaching and assessment. The practical aspects are taught online, with formal assessments at our Ryton Centre in line with the awarding body requirements.

It is an excellent way of gaining a valuable qualification, studying when it suits you.

It is most suitable for experienced home gardeners, or anyone in the industry looking to validate their knowledge with a qualification.

It is not suitable for complete beginners or for anyone who does not have access to a garden or allotment, because it does require a high level of preparation and practice at home or work, using the videos, powerpoints and step-by-step notes provided for the tasks which make up the RHS qualifications.

Study: You can start online study at any time during the year, and begin to practise the tasks.

Assessment: Then sign up for assessment days when you are ready.

For level 2 there are six Saturdays, spaced through the year to cover all the seasonal elements (for dates and prices, see the leaflet below)

For level 3 there are three full weekends in February, July and October.

Bespoke & Specialist Training

We offer a range of courses that are designed to cover specific areas of horticultural interest at different levels, from masterclasses in horticultural techniques such as propagation or lawncare to City and Guilds machinery certifications.

We can also deliver supervision and management training, and design bespoke courses specifically to cater to your needs...

Short courses

Propagation Masterclasses

(Ryton Gardens Centre)

Starting April 17 2015:

a series of linked practical workshops on Friday afternoons at Ryton, showing you the most effective techniques to propagate your plants.

Three courses cover seasonal propagation:

Spring/Summer (10 weeks,April - July) £225

Autumn/Winter ( 9 weeks, Sept- Dec) £225

and Winter/Spring ( 9 weeks,Jan - March) £225

All three courses: £625

 Details and prices of courses to follow 

An Introduction to Garden Design

Three Wednesday classes 9.30 am – 15.30 pm

22 April, 20 May and 3 June 2015

(practical homework to be completed between sessions)

An introduction to: surveying, plans and marking out;  colour, texture and form in planting; garden history  


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Pruning Apple Trees

A hands-on workshop session

Wednesday 10 December 2014 and again on Wednesday 21 January 2015                                            £75



Amenity and Garden Machinery

(Ryton Gardens Centre)

strimmer, rotary mower, hand-held hedgecutter

2015 dates not yet set




Bespoke Courses

  • Individually designed to meet your needs

Supervision and Management Courses

Certificates of Competence


RHS Practical courseS: Level 2, Jan 2016 for Thurs (North Moreton), Friday or Sat ( Ryton) now full, taking waiting list for Sept 2016.  Level 3, still  places to start Jan 2016 at   Ryton Sat am or (NEW) Friday pm,  North Moreton Thurs pm.

 For information or to book a place, use the CONTACT US  link above or call 07544 512501.