Course Summary

Are you interested in learning the basics of how to create and maintain a garden from exploring design options through to caring for chosen plants?  Would you like to find out more about possible horticulture training, volunteering and career pathways?   Join CERES Trainer, Belinda Kennedy, as she introduces you to the stages of designing, building, planting and maintaining a garden.


Belinda Kennedy has been studying and working within the horticulture industry for over 10 years, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management utilisiing permaculture principles. She has worked in numerous fields within the horticulture industry from training courses to garden maintenance and revegetation work. Belinda is currently employed as the Site Horticultralist and Volunteer Coordinator at CERES Environment Park and runs a sustainable garden design and maintenance company. Through her work as volunteer coordinator at CERES she is responsible for the management, eduction and work place safety of large groups of community and corporate volunteers. Along with her hands on experience she is currently working on several literary productions based on permaculture and sustainable gardening along with producing a plant data base for the inner Melbourne region. Belinda has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture at Melbourne University, a Permaculture design certificate and has attended several short courses on sustainable gardening, native revegetation, organic gardening, and composting.

Course length: 10 sessions > 10am – 3pm


  1. Introduction to garden design and maintenance
  2. Soils, Compost and Mulch
  3. Sustainable pest and weed identification and control
  4. Fertilisers and plant food
  5. Plant selection and identification/Planting methods and settlement
  6. Pruning, trellising, training and plant support
  7. Site analysis and design elements
  8. Watering systems
  9. Design work
  10. Constructing a garden – site preparation, building, planting and mulching
  11. Where to now?  Exploration of further training, volunteering and employment opportunities.

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $85 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or for more information and to book an interview. 

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Class Schedule

Duration: Class runs from 10AM to 3PM

What you will learn
  • How to create and maintain a garden
  • Career and volunteer opportunities in horticulture
  • Garden design and how to care for chosen plants
What you will get
  • Plenty of hands on activities
  • Opportunities to learn from a real working farm
  • Ability to engage and interact with CERES horticulture expertise

What to bring
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)


CERES Education

Vendor since 2016

CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.

CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.

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06 June 2017 • Introduction to Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

Nothing you can't read yourself on Google. 98% theory 2% practical