Learn to create spectacular vertical gardens for residential, commercial and public landscapes. This course is ideal professional development for planners, landscapers, gardeners, developers, planners and architects.
The Certificate of Vertical Gardens will teach you how to create vertical gardens on walls and roofs to beautify unsightly spaces or to create space for urban farming.
In this online course, you will discover types of installations for roof and vertical gardens, engineering considerations, which plants are suitable for walls and roofs, as well as maintenance requirements and landscaping aesthetics and functionality.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation of how to create thriving vertical gardens for your home or commercial projects.
Unit - Green Walls and Roofs
Unit 1 – Scope and Nature of Roof and Vertical Gardens
Introduction to vertical gardens and roof gardens in horticulture today
Reasons for Green Walls and Roof Gardens
Accessibility and Safety
What Is A Roof Garden?
What Is A Vertical Garden?
Pruning Prevents Problems
Decorative Plant Supports
Types of Installations for Roof Gardens
Types of Vertical Gardens
Retrofitting a Building
Unit 2 – Construction of Functional and Appropriate Vertical and Roof Gardens
Engineering considerations involved with the building of vertical and roof gardens
Selecting appropriate materials and planning the way in which the non-living components of the garden are created
Building a Green Roof
Building a Green Wall
Dealing with Weight
Durability of Materials
Dealing with Water
Plants Which Cause Damage
Components of a Green Roof
Protection Material Components
Unit 3.- Climbing Plants and Structures for Climbing
Learn how to select appropriate climbing plants for creating vertical or roof gardens
Determine strategies to cultivate climbing plants in a variety of different situations
Climbing adaptations found in plants
Possible Climbers for Vertical Green Walls and Some Types of Green Roofs
What Structural Requirements Do Climbers Require?
Plants on Fences
Using Trellis in Roof Gardens and on Greenwalls
Unit 4 – Plants Suited to Roof and Vertical Gardens
Selecting appropriate plants which are tolerant of the adverse growing conditions and have natural adaptations to growing under conditions that are encountered in these gardens
Possible Plants Suitable for Roof Gardens and Some Types of Vertical Walls
Unit 5 – Adaptations for Other Plants in Roof and Vertical Gardens
Select and plan the cultivation of plants that lack natural adaptations to growing on roofs or vertical gardens
Trees and Shrubs
Low-Growing Australian Native Shrubs
Other Low-Growing Shrubs
Vegetables and Fruits
Unit 6 – Container Growing
Container Growing Techniques
Raised Beds for Flat Roofs
The Growing Media
Longevity of Container Plants
Unit 7 – Maintenance – watering, pest control
Out of Site/Out of Mind
Light And Shade
Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels
Unit 8 – Landscaping – Roof Gardens
The different types of roof gardens
Characteristics advantageous in roof garden plants
Tips for Functional Roof Gardens
How to Minimize Damage to Your Plants When You Move them
Thoughts on Balcony Gardens
Unit 9 – Landscaping – Vertical Gardens
Types of Green Walls
Types of Walls
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.