The Agri-Horticulture Society of Western India has announced a certificate course in gardening at the Empress Botanical Garden to help gardeners and hobbyists. The honorary secretaries of the society announced on Thursday that the three-and-a-half month course will be held on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
The honorary secretary, Suresh Pingale, was present alongwith Anupama Barve, assistant honorary secretary of the society and Nandan Kalbag, a gardening expert, who will be heading the course.
“The course is open to all. There is no age, gender or profession bar. There will be 23 topics which will be included in the training. All of these lessons will be from my experience and experiments. The course will be a series of lectures and practicals,” said Kalbag, who has taught courses in various universities including University of Mumbai.
The course will beheld between 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday and between 10 am and 1 pm on Sunday. Even though the certificate course will cost Rs 5,000, Pingale said that low-income gardeners will be given a concession. The course fee will include cost of equipment, other required material, certification and travel for field visits.
Among the 23 topics, the course will provide training for lawn maintenance, terrace gardens, shadow-loving/indoor plants, bottle gardening, hanging basket, bonsai, rose gardening, tray landscaping among others. Experts from a few fields will also share their expertise.
“Depending on the response to the course, we will be thinking about starting a diploma course on the subject in the near future in association with a local university,” said Pingale.
The course will not only help gardeners and hobbyists, but also help landscaping enthusiasts and professionals.