Join our award winning Horticulture students and watch your career plans ‘grow’

Just as we’re starting to get our gardens ‘summer ready’, we’ll soon have a daily dose of Chelsea Flower Show on our screens each night, inspiring us with all sorts of rare species of plant and complicated water features – if only we could get to the bottom of those weeds first!

Horticulture at Shuttleworth College

Chelsea Flower Show is not only a national treasure, but one of the biggest highlights in the horticultural calendar. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competitors come from all over the world in a bid to secure a prestigious gold medal for their garden, built from scratch on site.

Here at Shuttleworth College, we start our budding gardeners young and for several years our full-time Horticulture students have been successful in the ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ at the Ideal Home Show, this year winning a silver medal. Organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, the competition celebrates young ‘green’ talent.

Horticulture award winning students at Shuttleworth College

This year’s focus was front gardens, which were judged by an expert panel, including horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers. All the gardens have been featured in David Domoney’s blog giving inspirational ideas for front gardens. Read the full story here.

RHS courses at Shuttleworth College

All of our students are encouraged to enter competitions and win awards to ensure they stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or university. As a Horticulture student, your classroom is the beautiful estate and land that Shuttleworth College is surrounded by, including the large, traditional walled garden with workshop and poly tunnels, and vast woodland.

We offer RHS accredited courses taught by tutors who are experts in their fields, such as Paul Labous: “I’ve worked in the horticultural sector for some forty years, both as a senior lecturer and in research.  I specialise in nursery stock production. I am a passionate advocate of new developments in horticulture and the leader of the Warden Pear Project (now Lottery Funded), looking at the origins of heritage pears through DNA testing.”

We have great relationships with our partners in industry and you will have chance to gain valuable work experience with some of them. Past students have been involved with the Woodland Trust, Frosts Garden Centres, Wimpole Hall & Gardens, the Environment Agency, Domoney Designs and Woburn Estates.

Shuttleworth College Horticulture courses

We expect you to work hard, but you will also have time to make new friends and have fun. While our Level 2 students have been enjoying a 'paint your bird box' competition, Level 3 students have visited Stevenage Town Football Club to gain a more practical view of the work done by the groundsmen there. We’ve also been to: Cambridge for a tour of the cricket and tennis facilities at Fenners, along with the Sainsbury Laboratories at Cambridge University Botanical Gardens; Kew Gardens; the Royal Forestry Society; Covent Garden Flower Market; and study tours to Cornwall and Devon!

To find out more about our full-time study programmes or part-time courses visit or come to our Open Day on Thursday 25 May 5.00pm-8.00pm