Subject Information

A career in horticulture has something to offer everyone, whatever their academic ability as the work can be technical and creative, using personal skills or the very latest technology.

Bridgwater College has courses to meet all your needs, whether full or part-time, and outstanding facilities such as The Walled Garden of Cannington or the latest environmentally controlled greenhouses. Did you know that there are over 18 million gardeners in the UK spending over £2 billion?

Our Cannington Centre has a renowned reputation for the training of horticulture students and much investment has been placed in the facilities for the subject. The Walled Gardens of Cannington are in the grounds of the former priory and are open to the public, having been officially launched by HRH Prince Edward in April 2009. With a botanical glasshouse, plant shop, tea rooms and extensive gardens, it makes an outstanding facility for horticulture students, as well as a great visitor attraction.

More about our Facilities

Follow the links below to find more information on our excellent facilities and what it is like to study a land-based subject at Bridgwater College.

What our students say

Horticulture, Gardening & Landscape Design Student Ryan Gibson

Ryan Gibson

One of my favourite parts of the course is learning about plant identification, every week we get 10 -15 different plants and we have to learn the Latin and common names for each one, this has been the area where I have improved the most. I have found that the Level 3 course has been a great follow on from my Level 2 Apprenticeship and has opened the door for me to go on to study at university.”

Former pupil of Berkshire School of Agriculture hopes to go Birmingham University to study Landscape Architecture on completion of his course.

Horticulture, Gardening & Landscape Design Student Ed Jefferies

Ed Jefferies

Since joining the College I have learnt a range of new skills both inside and outside of the classroom. I have benefited from the practical elements of the programme such as landscape construction and plant science, and the knowledge that I have gained through classroom activity has helped to underpin the practical skills that I have acquired.”

Former pupil of The King Alfred School in Highbridge, is going on to study the Arboriculture Level 2 programme and hopes to become a self-employed Landscaper and Tree Surgeon.