Most useful courses

I am a relatively new startup, still finding my way in the wonderful world of garden maintenance and I was wondering what you, the Illuminati of the professional gardening world, thought the most useful, relevant and value for money course you have ever done was.

Anything from pruning to pest control, composting to seed collection.



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    RHS levels 1-3 think it was Practical Horticulture 

    really cant remember if it was 1 and 2 combined or 2 and 3 -- but one year part time 2 short days a week 

    rhs practical courses are in my opinion really good -- covers all topics relevant in and outside class -- plant ids -- design - hard landscaping - pruning - care - propergation -- lawn care etc etc 

    i distinctly remember cheating on my indoor plant ids and ignoring all lawn care / grounds keeping ;lectures 

    how hot headed we are young -- i then spent 5 years in an indoor plant nursery and now have a fair amount of grass care in my maintenance work 

    Personally i think if you can dedicate some time the RHS courses are the best to do - generally a really mixed bunch of students from 17 years old to the majority that are more mature 

    Works well with working along side and its nice to meet people and network in your local area -- prices i believe are still affordable and grants etc are i believe still available 

    And you may get lucky and get an 'inspirational' lecturer that makes jokes you are really sure arent allowed any more ;) 

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    The RHS is a good start. I'd go for the PA1 Pa6aw aswell. Where are you based I can recommend a good place to do it if your not to far and the cost of it is alot cheaper than elsewhere and the training is excellent.
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