September saw a big influx of students attending first-year programmes here in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens. In total, we have over 130 students attending the first year made up of Certificate in Horticulture full time, part-time and Degree level students. This year on our certificate programme there is great interest in part-time modules like Plant Identification, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Landscape Construction, and Biodiversity and the Natural environment, which we start after Christmas.
The part-time learning mode is ideal for students to take time off work and pursue one or more modules at a time in order to achieve the full award over a few years. It’s a busy time in the college and in November we will welcome our Advanced certificate students who will be following either Nursery, landscape, turfgrass or food production streams.