Short course

Discovering Horticulture

Discovering Horticulture will allow you to explore your passion for plants and get advice from expert horticulturalists.


Please note: This course is not running in 2020 due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria. For information on future intakes please register your interest.

If you're a budding gardener, this is the short course for you. Affectionately known as ‘Disco Hort’, this course is based at our Burnley Campus and has been running at the University of Melbourne for over two decades.

Situated in the historic Burnley Gardens, the Burnley campus is host to a remarkable plant collection and has provided international leadership in horticultural education and training for 125 years.

Over a series of 10 sessions, you’ll cover topics ranging from soil health, plant propagation, tree and shrub care, through to garden history and landscaping.

Discovering Horticulture runs twice a year on Tuesday evenings, from 6.15pm - 9.15pm.

Each session covers one topic:

  1. Attaining a healthy soil
  2. Plant identification
  3. Plant propagation
  4. Mulch, pots, water and nutrition
  5. Plant form and function
  6. Tree and shrub care
  7. Garden history
  8. Landscaping
  9. Annuals, bulbs and perennials
  10. Plants for a dry garden.

Research activity at Burnley is expanding via new green infrastructure projects and academics are continuously developing education in horticultural processes to meet industry demands.

You will cultivate your love for gardening and learn from expert horticulturists in this unique environment. There are no entry requirements for this course.


The Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne has provided international leadership in horticultural education and training for 125 years. As part of the Faculty of Science, Burnley offers innovative courses and curricula to meet the changing and contemporary needs of the horticultural profession and the community, and provides a remarkable plant collection to support a unique learning experience.

Other information

  • All short course attendees are provided with a certificate of attendance at the last session.
  • If you are unable to attend a class, it is possible to make it up in the next course offered. However:
    • This is limited to a maximum of 3 classes per participant
    • The Propagation class is strictly capped at 40 students which means it may not be possible to offer a place to every student that misses out on this class
    • If more than 3 classes are missed, $76.45 will be charged for each additional session attended.

Who should apply

If you are a budding horticulturist and garden lover, Discovering Horticulture is a must for you.

Academic and teaching team

Teaching staff are recognised experts in horticulture and plants and garden management.

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming sessions

Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.

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