Beginners Guide to Australian Native Plants

Australian native plants come from tropical areas to cold temperate snow covered mountains and as such we have developed specific varieties of plants that are suited to the changing Australian climate conditions.

The Beginners Guide to Australian Native Plants (I)  is a foundation study of the various species, their ultimate growing conditions, commercial applications and management for business purposes.

If you are looking to work in horticulture long term or love working in the garden and would like to learn more, this is the perfect course to start with.

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Course Outline
Course Code: 
BHT113
Duration: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Delivery: 
Online & Correspondence
Certificate: 
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction
  2. Cultural Techniques
  3. Eucalypts
  4. Native Trees: Casuarina, Brachychiton, Tristania, Angophora, Callitris, Araucaria, Palms
  5. Acacias
  6. Melaleuca, Callistemon and Leptospermum
  7. Grevilleas: concentrated study of 25 species
  8. Ground Cover and Small Shrubs
  9. Commercial Applications
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Classify the most significant cultivated native plants, to the family level.
  • Determine cultural practices to maintain healthy native plants.
  • Explain the identification and culture of eucalypts in your locality.
  • Explain the identification and culture of native trees.
  • Explain the identification and culture of acacias in your locality.
  • Explain the identification and culture of native shrubs, including species of Acacia, Melaleuca, Callistemon and Leptospermum
  • Explain the identification and culture of different Proteaceous native plants, with particular emphasis on the genus Grevillea.
  • Explain the identification and culture of a range of Australian Native ground covers and small shrubs.
  • Determine commercially viable applications for different native plants.