Professional Development – Discovering Horticulture

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Horticulture Non-Award Professional Development
Course Discovering Horticulture
Partner Faculty Faculty of Science (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences)
Background The Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne has provided international leadership in horticultural education and training for 120 years. As part of the Faculty of Science, Burnley offers innovative courses and curricula to meet the changing and contemporary needs of the horticultural profession and the community, and provides a remarkable plant collection to support a unique learning experience.
Description Discovering Horticulture is an excellent introductory course for those wishing to learn more about horticulture. A perennial favourite, Discovering Horticulture has been running at the University of Melbourne's Burnley Campus for over two decades and is fondly known in-house as "Disco Hort." The course comprises ten sessions:
  • Attaining a healthy soil
  • Plant identification
  • Plant propagation
  • Mulch, pots, water and nutrition
  • Plant form and function
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Garden history
  • Landscaping
  • Annuals, bulbs and perennials
  • Plants for a dry garden
Who Should Apply If you are a budding horticulturist and garden lover, Discovering Horticulture is a must for you.
Entry Requirements There are no entry requirements for this introductory course.
Teaching Team Teaching staff are recognised experts in horticulture and plants and garden management.
  • Sue Murphy
  • Greg Moore
  • Simon Rickard
  • John Patrick
  • Kirsten Raynor
  • Peter May
Delivery Mode Course includes lectures and practical classes, including a nursery session.
Venue Burnley Campus, The University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, VIC 3121 Melways reference - Page 45, A12 Burnley Campus Map By road - The main entrance is on Yarra Boulevard - south from the Swan Street bridge. There is limited parking on the campus. Parking is also available on Yarra Boulevard. By tram - From Flinders Street along the Exhibition Street extension into Swan Street, tram number 70 to stop number 18 By train - Nearest stations are Burnley, Hawthorn or Heyington
Delivery Dates and Times This course is offered twice a year and comprises of 10 sessions each which run from 6.15pm to 9.15pm on Tuesday evenings Course 1: 7 March - 23 May 2017
Session Date Topic / Activity Presenter
1 7-Mar Plants Form and Function Greg Moore
2 14-Mar Landscaping John Patrick
3 21-Mar Plant Identification Sue Murphy
4 28-Mar Attaining a Healthy Soil Peter May
5 4- Apr Propagation Sue Murphy
6 11-Apr Garden History John Patrick
Term Holidays: 14 April - 23 April (including Easter break) ANZAC DAY 25 April  
7 2-May Plants for a Dry Garden Simon Rickard
8 9-May Mulch, Pots, Water and Nutrition Kirsten Raynor
9 16-May Annuals, Bulbs and Perennials Simon Rickard
10 23-May Tree and Shrub Care Greg Moore
Course 2: 9 August - 25 October 2017
SessionDateTopic/Activity Presenter
1 15-Aug Plants Form and Function Greg Moore
2 22-Aug Landscaping John Patrick
3 29- Aug Plant Identification Sue Murphy
4 5- Sept Attaining a Healthy Soil Peter May
5 12-Sept Propagation Sue Murphy
6 19-Sept Garden History John Patrick
Term Holidays: 25 Sept - 1 Oct  
7 3-Oct Plants for a Dry Garden Simon Rickard
8 10-Oct Mulch, Pots, Water and Nutrition Kirsten Raynor
9 17-Oct Annuals, Bulbs and Perennials Simon Rickard
10 24- Oct Tree and Shrub Care Greg Moore
Other Information All short course attendees are provided with a certificate of attendance at the last session. Missed classes: If you are unable to attend a class, it is possible to make it up in the next course offered However:
  • This is limited to a maximum of 3 classes per participant
  • The Propagation class is strictly capped at 40 students which means it may not be possible to offer a place to every student that misses out on this class.
  • If more than 3 classes are missed, $76.45 will be charged for each additional session attended.
Fees Course fees in 2017 are $890.00 (including GST).
Fee Inclusions The course fees include all tuition and course materials. Light refreshments (coffee/tea biscuits) are provided during the evening break.
Related Award Courses and Subjects Graduate Certificate in Garden Design
Contact Jessamine Johnston
E: disco-hort@unimelb.edu.au
T: 03 8344 3244

Photo Credit: John Raynor