Learn about social and economic management in amenity horticulture

This course can be taken after Amenity Horticulture I, or as a stand alone course for those with some experience in the industry. 


Amenity horticulture is horticulture focused on the growing of plants in primarily ornamental and recreational environments

This can include natural parks, as they need some degree of plant and vegetation management and nurseries, where plants are grown to be used in landscaping. Amenity horticulturalists may also work with city parks, green belts and road landscaping.

Some sites are managed intensively, like nurseries, historical gardens and recycling sites; others require less input, for example, road landscaping and natural park management.

In this course, you'll focus on amenity horticulture management. You'll study resource types and allocation, neighborhood planning, and complete a problem-based learning project on developing a management plan for an amenity horticulture site.



This course is broken down into six lessons as follows:

  1. Defining a mission, vision, goals and activities planning
    • What is an amenity horticulture site?
    • Challenges of amenity horticulture: political, social, economic, environmental
    • Management of Amenity horticulture sites
    • Defining a mission, vision, goals and activities planning
    • Ensuring that the above are reached or planned within a specified timeframe
    • Managing budgets
    • Managing human resources
    • Managing material resources
    • Managing natural resources
    • Management options
    • Amenity sites; horticultural displays
    • Management framework
    • Types of organisational structures
    • Chains of command
  2. Ensuring that the above are reached or planned within a specified time frame
    • Macro planning introduction
    • What to plan for
    • Principles of neighborhood planning
    • What is a community?
    • Principles of leisure facility planning, including sports grounds
  3. Managing budgets
    • Information sources
    • PBL project to create and present a report that identifies, describes and uses up-to-date information sources relating to changing influences on the amenity industry
  4. Managing human resources
    • Introduction
    • Comparing positive and negative aspects of different factors
    • Examples of environmentally driven management decisions
    • Cultural, social and environmental issues
  5. Managing material resources
    • Financing amenity horticulture sites
    • What are we funding
    • Funding sources
    • Funding amounts
    • Human resource management
    • Volunteer management
    • Material resources management
  6. Managing natural resources
    • Amenity horticulture and the community
    • Where might you find community participation
    • Community needs or wants: not always the same
    • What motivates community involvement
    • Community participation to develop parks and playgrounds
  7. Developing a Management Plan
    • PBL project to create and present a management plan for an amenity horticulture site
    • Components of a management plan
    • What to do to make those plans come true
    • Staff morale and enthusiasm
    • Involving the community so that they take responsibility
    • Solving the budget problem without cutting on services


Duration: 100 hours




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