Category Archives: RHS Course

Passed my RHS Level 2 exams!

In September 2014 I started my RHS Level 2 Course with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and today, a year later, I’ve received my grades. I passed all eight exams and was lucky enough – to my amazement – to have been given commendations in seven of them 😀 I’m a bit in shock as it’s sinking in. It was a year of hard study and I loved every second of it. I can’t recall ever working so hard for any other subject at school or University.

Thank you to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, RHS and everyone on my course who helped me and encouraged me 🙂

To celebrate, above is a photo of one of my fave bits in the garden right now, a very healthy looking Brunnera macrophylla ‘Mr Morse’ surrounded by the purple leaves of Heuchera ‘Licorice’. All of which were divisions from other plants I took last winter.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in early summer

My fourth trip to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the first time at the start of summer when everything is bursting into life. I was visiting for another RHS Level 2 study weekend about veg and fruit production and protection in an enclosed environment. You won’t find any of that here, only plant eye candy. Continue reading Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in early summer

Studying RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

At one point during my emo self-obsessing teenage years I was convinced I was stupid. Then one day I realised I wasn’t stupid, I was just plain ignorant! Ignorance was indeed bliss because you can change ignorance, you can’t change stupidity. So I changed my ignorance.

Fast forward a bit and below is a photo of my view right at this minute. Twelve years since I last had to study for an exam, recreating the exact same multi-coloured highlighter pen mess of papers on the living room floor…

The last time I was doing this was over ten years ago and I was staring dumbstruck at the TV as the second plane hit the Twin Towers
The last time I was doing this was over ten years ago and I was staring dumbstruck at the TV as the second plane hit the Twin Towers

Continue reading Studying RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

Tip toeing in the footsteps of Darwin at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Snuck in…

This weekend I spent two fun and informative days at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with a bunch of fellow gardeners studying the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. I have so many thoughts buzzing around my head now that I’m going to chuck a few things down here in a bit of a garbled blog post to record it. Continue reading Tip toeing in the footsteps of Darwin at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh