Our roundup of the best RHS courses

Get some green-fingered expertise with a botanical masterclass

From botanical photography and creating a scented garden to redesigning your outdoor space, these expert-led RHS courses will give you the best grounding.

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Photography masterclass

A must for budding photographers (pun intended!), this beginners’ workshop gives students a chance to get expert advice and develop their skills in botanical photography. A question and answer session is followed by a practical session in the garden photographing plants and flowers under professional guidance.

Photography Masterclass, 5 September, RHS Garden Harlow Carr

The invisible world of plants

If you’re utterly mesmerised by the timelapse photography used in nature documentaries, you’ll love this course. We can’t promise a job on the next David Attenborough series at the end of it, but the demonstrations on high-speed, time-lapse ultraviolet and infrared photography from Adrian Davies promise to inspire, while the practical element of the course shows how similar results an be achieved with minimum outlay.

The Invisible World of Plants, 4 September, RHS Garden Wisley 

Scented plants

Stop to smell the roses, and a whole host of other beautifully scented flowers and plants, in this guided tour around Garden Rosemoor where you can breathe in the heady cocktail of nature’s own perfumes while listening to practical advice on how and where to grow the plants featured. Take away a comprehensive plant list for inspiration, and create your own scented green space at home.

Scented plants, 13 September, RHS Garden Rosemoor

An introduction to garden design

Brimming with creative ideas about re-designing your outdoor space but wouldn’t know where to begin? Tap into your inner creativity and learn practical skills through active participation, discussion and demonstration under the guidance of landscape architect and garden designer Cheri LaMay.

An introduction to garden design, 24 September – 29 October, RHS Garden Harlow Carr  

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