The Nursery grows a wide range of native and ornamental trees and hedging, conifers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, alpines, bulbs and seasonal bedding plants.  There is a busy propagation and potting schedule throughout the year, with all production eventually being sold from Camelia Botnar Garden Centre.

The trainees acquire a thorough knowledge of the various methods of propagation and plant cultivation.  They learn how to grow and care for plants both under cover and outside.  This includes the use of different compost mixes, fertilisers, irrigation and heating systems.  Integrated Pest Management is practised in the Nursery and as a result, the trainees study cultural, biological and chemical methods of pest and disease control.

The garden centre has a number of ornamental gardens on site which are all maintained by the trainees and Nursery staff. Retail experience can also be gained in the shop if the trainee is so inclined. All of these areas provide widespread experience in the garden centre sector.

All trainees attend Brinsbury College, the programme consists of an NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture, PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates, First Aid and Manual Handling training. There is an option for candidates to achieve further awards if they wish.


Participation in vocational qualifications is encouraged in this department to complement practical skills,  and our tutor is available to provide any necessary support with written work and with general communication.

Explore our showrooms at  Camelia Botnar Garden Centre we have a great selection of goods.

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