Professional Development – Discovering Horticulture

Course type Study level Entry requirements
Non-Accredited Professional Development None

Discovering Horticulture is an excellent introductory course for those wishing to learn more about horticulture.

A perennial favourite, Discovering Horticulture has been running at the University of Melbourne's Burnley Campus for over two decades and is fondly known in-house as "Disco Hort." The course comprises ten sessions:

  • Attaining a healthy soil
  • Plant identification
  • Plant propagation
  • Mulch, pots, water and nutrition
  • Plant form and function
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Garden history
  • Landscaping
  • Annuals, bulbs and perennials
  • Plants for a dry garden.

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Course fees

Course fee$890
  • Prices are GST inclusive
  • Fees cover all tuition and course materials.

Dates & Times*

Course One
26 February to 21 May 2019
No classes on 9, 16, and 23 April 2019
Course Two
6 August to 22 October 2019
Tuesday evenings: 6.15pm to 9.15pm.
No classes on 21 September and 6 October 2019.

Study mode

Face to face via lectures and practical classes, including a nursery session.


Burnley Campus, The University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, VIC 3121

*This course is offered twice a year and comprises of 10 sessions. Please note that classes do not run throughout the school holiday period and these dates can be subject to change.


The Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne has provided international leadership in horticultural education and training for 120 years. As part of the Faculty of Science, Burnley offers innovative courses and curricula to meet the changing and contemporary needs of the horticultural profession and the community, and provides a remarkable plant collection to support a unique learning experience.

Other information

  • All short course attendees are provided with a certificate of attendance at the last session.
  • If you are unable to attend a class, it is possible to make it up in the next course offered. However:
    • This is limited to a maximum of 3 classes per participant
    • The Propagation class is strictly capped at 40 students which means it may not be possible to offer a place to every student that misses out on this class
    • If more than 3 classes are missed, $76.45 will be charged for each additional session attended.

Who should apply

If you are a budding horticulturist and garden lover, Discovering Horticulture is a must for you.

Academic and Teaching Team

Teaching staff are recognised experts in horticulture and plants and garden management.

Find out more

Phone: +61 3 8344 0149

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This course is presented in partnership with the Faculty of Science (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences).