Horticulture Student Testimonials

Kathryn Crossfield - Home Vegetable Growing, Australia

Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots.

Jose – Horticulture
I am extremely satisfied with my experience of ACS. The educational materials were easy to read and understand. The assignments were very practical and the administrative staff at the office were just superb.

Patrick – Landscape Design
I thought the course was well designed with relevant course modules and information. My tutor’s comments were helpful and encouraging. I am considering what course to do next, so that is a good sign that I am very happy with all aspects of the school.

Lara – Nursery Sales Assistant 
I have enjoyed the content of the course, and find it very possible to cope with correspondence learning and having a young, demanding family.

Catherine – Certificate in Horticulture
I have learnt many aspects of Permaculture I didn’t even think of. I understand my land and the environment far better for doing this course. I feel very confident in planning and growing plants for the area.

Dennis Ting, Australia - Certificate in Garden Design
The main difference between my experience of studying at University and studying with ACS is that at University you're basically regurgitating text books. In contrast ACS assignments can be quite involved requiring hands-on application of principles, creative thinking and analysis.

Craig Ledbury, Australia - Turf Renovation & Repair 
In my role within a large Aged Care Facility a great deal of my employment is spent in the area of Turf management and garden care/refurbishment. With ACS I was able to study at my own pace allowing me to put into practise and thoroughly research the subject matter broadening my knowledge and study experience further. I enjoyed the way in which the subject matter was presented as it allowed you to study each subject further, allowing for greater depth, clarity and knowledge. 
Overall there are not many areas in which the course subject matter will not turn out to be invaluable, everything is covered to allow you to become successful within your own business or place of employment. A big thank you to Gavin Cole [tutor] and all at ACS. It was a pleasure to study with ACS, look forward to further study.

Tom Wood, Australia - Proficiency Award 3 in Horticultural Science
I have found the course to be interesting and challenging, with great learning materials that really make you research the industry and get involved. It has been a great way to study because it has allowed me to work in the industry and study at the same time. I have found the online resources to be fantastic, the tutors feedback constructive and the fact that assignments can be submitted online makes the process so easy. 

Katherine Parry, Australia - RHS Certificate II in Horticulture
I have found the course material to be comprehensive and informative and have learnt a lot and really enjoyed my year of study. The office staff at ACS have always been helpful and efficient and quick to respond to requests or queries. My tutor, was encouraging and supportive, as well as being really thorough in the way she marked my assignments. I had not studied for 20 years before I started my RHS Certificate 2 in Horticulture and the feedback and reassurance I received from my tutor made all the difference.

Melanie Sumpter, Australia, Cut Flower Production
I am enjoying my course and it has given me an understanding of what I need to do once I have completed my course.  I find the course to a valuable learning experience. I am able to do it in my own time (I have young children) and the learning is interesting.

Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History
The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future.

Pauline Ross, Australia - Cutting Propagation
[The course] is teaching me a lot about propagation that I did not know. Your courses are very good, easy to understand, full of lots of valuable information.  My tutor is very good, fair and always there if needed.

Lana Mitchell, Aust - Cut Flowers
I consider that my success in recent years is directly related to the training I have done with the ACS. The materials were spot on, and the tutors were superb.... (Lana's inspiring story that includes owning breeders rights to a specific Flannel Flower and running a successful export business is found in detail on our careersguide web site).

James McKelvey, Vineyard Manager, Aust - Viticulture 
[The course] gave me extra knowledge of the industry that I am currently working in. It covered all aspects of the industry. I liked the way you had to work through each lesson/category i received excellent feedback from my tutor. I enjoyed the viticulture course, it has given me extra knowledge that i will use.

David Painter, Landscaping 1, UK.
[The course] gave me an insight into a subject that I have been interested in for a long time. Plus it has helped me in my current job with a local landscape/nursery company. [The structure] was done in a way which was very easy to understand and this helped when you hit a subject which ws hard to get a grip with. All feedback from the tutors was very constructive and helpful.
 
Rowena Headlam, Horticulture 1, Australia
Yes, [the course has been a valuable learning experience] definitely.  I’m learning a lot of things that I find useful straight away, and there are lessons that I can practically apply to help me to learn.

Darrell Murdoch, Sport Turf Management, Australia
Yes [the course was valuable]. I have been out of the greenkeeping industry for some time and the course was a good way to refresh my knowledge and also improve it, with new information. There was no pressure time wise and I received good support and encouragement from my tutor.