Intro to Landscaping and Garden Maintenance 2017-06-05T08:47:00+00:00

Intro to Landscaping & Garden Maintenance

intro-to-landscaping-and-garden-mainAre you interested in learning the basics of how to create and maintain a garden from exploring design options through to caring for chosen plants?  Would you like to find out more about possible horticulture training, volunteering and career pathways?   Join CERES Trainer, Belinda Kennedy, as she introduces you to the stages of designing, building, planting and maintaining a garden.

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* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $85 – ACFE Information and Eligibility.

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or for more information and to book an interview.


Belinda Kennedy has been studying and working within the horticulture industry for over 10 years, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management utilisiing permaculture principles. She has worked in numerous fields within the horticulture industry from training courses to garden maintenance and revegetation work. Belinda is currently employed as the Site Horticulturalist and Volunteer Coordinator at CERES Environment Park and runs a sustainable garden design and maintenance company. Through her work as volunteer coordinator at CERES she is responsible for the management, education and work place safety of large groups of community and corporate volunteers. Along with her hands on experience she is currently working on several literary productions based on permaculture and sustainable gardening along with producing a plant data base for the inner Melbourne region. Belinda has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture at Melbourne University, a Permaculture design certificate and has attended several short courses on sustainable gardening, native revegetation, organic gardening, and composting.

What to expect

  • Plenty of hands on activities
  • Opportunities to learn from a real working farm
  • Ability to engage and interact with CERES horticulture expertise

What to bring

  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’

2017 Dates:

  1. Friday Mar 24 – June 2

Session Outline

  1. Introduction to garden design and maintenance
  2. Soils, Compost and Mulch
  3. Sustainable pest and weed identification and control
  4. Fertilisers and plant food
  5. Plant selection and identification/Planting methods and settlement
  6. Pruning, trellising, training and plant support
  7. Site analysis and design elements
  8. Watering systems & Design work
  9. Constructing a garden – site preparation, building, planting and mulching
  10. Where to now? Exploration of further training, volunteering and employment opportunities.
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2017 Dates:

  1. Friday September 8th – November 17th
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Course length:
10 sessions > Fridays > 10am—3pm


Full $530
CERES member or concession $450
ACFE subsidy eligible participants: $85, ACFE Information and Eligibility

Payment info:
Payment in full is required upon enrolment to secure a place on the course.

  • Pay via the book now link above online with your credit card
  • Pay in person at reception by cash, eftpos or cheque
  • ACFE Enrollments will be sent a link to pay online after they have confirmed eligibility with our Careers Pathways Officer via interview – Contact, 03 9389 0127

Class size:
Up to 15 students.

Give Luisa Cardamone a call
9389 0124

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