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Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that encompasses the commercial production of:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Ornamental plants

It also includes the design, establishment, and maintenance of:

  • Parks and gardens
  • Leisure and sports grounds
  • Open spaces
  • Managed landscapes

It is a profession which offers a diversity of jobs to suit a wide range of talents. The profession also needs researchers, technologists, marketing experts and managers to shape the industry for the future.

SRUC offers both Horticulture and Horticulture with Plantsmanship courses. Horticulture programmes are delivered from our teaching campuses at SRUC Edinburgh, SRUC Elmwood and SRUC Oatridge.

The courses are also taught at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, while Horticulture with Plantsmanship programmes are delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We are very proud of our links with these prestigious locations, which allow you to benefit from the considerable resources and expertise of both organisations.

At SRUC we have several courses that look into the landscape, how it can be managed through the application of hard and soft landscaping techniques, and the technical landscaping skills required to ensure it is managed correctly.

The landscape that surrounds us can be modified in many ways, often by design, sometimes via anthropogenic pressures.

Landscaping can relate to the modification of a park to make it more amenable to the local population, but it can also relate to the conservation of an area to reduce the impact caused through path erosion or other factors.

Virtual Experience

Take a look around the SRUC Virtual Experience for lots of great student videos and examples of what it’s like to study our courses, along with campus and facility tours.

Tour of the Horticulture Facilities at SRUC Edinburgh Campus

Student focus: Tyler Tovey, HNC Horticulture

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Funding is available to help you complete your studies, including bursaries to pay your tuition fees and loans to help with maintenance and travel costs.

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