Learn online with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 

 Half price discount on our Beginners Botany and RHS Level 2 courses.

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Half Price Offer

RHS Level 2 online courses and Getting started with Botany

 While you are at home, why not consider taking an online course with us? We are offering a half price discount on our ‘Getting Started with Botany’ course as well as our RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. Learn along with others with support from your tutor, at a pace that suits you. Alongside online resources and activities, there will be interesting practical tasks to complete.

Offer open until 30th April 2020


Helping you to explore the World of Plants - wherever you are

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PropaGate Learning is a space for Learning Online with the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh

Late winter walkround. A robin sitting on a branch.

Enjoy some of the late winter planting highlights with this taster resource from our forthcoming ‘Getting started with...planting design’ course which will be available later in the year. Login to PropaGate Learning as a guest on the login page if you do not have an account.

Go to the taster walkround (log in as a guest)

Other free taster courses available:

How Plants Fight Back

Keep Edinburgh Buzzing!

RHS Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates


Applications open from 12th August 2019 until 31st May 2020 - start anytime during this period.


Approved RHS Distance Learning Provider

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a RHS distance learning approved provider.

 Getting started with...Botany

 Start anytime - click here for more information


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Our online courses

Take a look at our online/blended short courses, certificate and diploma programmes as well as some free options
available from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)

RHS Level 2
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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture at RBGE

Study for your Royal Horticultural Society Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture with RBGE.

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RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration

This 3 year part-time Diploma will take your Botanical Illustration skills to a professional level

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RBGE Getting started with...Botany

This fully online short course looks at the basic ‘toolkit’ that plants use to survive and how they have adapted in countless incredible ways. This beginners' course is an ideal grounding for many of our certificated courses.

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RBGE Diploma in Garden History

This unique 2 year online course will take you deep into the varied and fascinating world of the History of Gardens

RHS Hyde Hall
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RHS Level 3 Certificates

This certificate covers garden planning, construction and planting and builds on the current RHS Level 2 certificate

Painting a Pear
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RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration

The RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration is a great way to learn the fundamental techniques of paint and pencil.Starts October and March (5 month course)

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How Plants Fight Back

Learning about how plants defend themsleves is a great introduction to the amazing world of plants (free taster course)

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Keep Edinburgh Buzzing!

This is a free short course on the importance of our pollinators and how you can help

mortar and pestle
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RBGE Diploma in Herbology

This is a 2 year blended course