Tor Garden Plants

Specialist nursery for pond, marginal and moisture loving plants

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Garden Courses

Emma Robertson

For those that don't know me, my name is Emma Robertson, I am a qualified horticulturalist and former National Trust head gardener, with 20 years practical experience working in a range of prestigious gardens across the country.  I am passionate about horticulture and the joy that gardening can bring and love to share that passion with others. I have been training students and delivering courses for many years and alongside the plant nursery I can also offer the following:


Online Garden Courses

These courses are designed for anyone wanting to learn more about specific areas of gardening and at any level. They are delivered via zoom and last around an hour. Each comes with additional information sheet to follow the lesson. These courses are mainly 1:1 and can also be tailored to your specific learning requirements.  Courses are £20 per person.

House plant Care

Everything you need to know to keep your house plants happy and healthy. This course covers watering, light, humidity and food requirements as well as winter dormancy, pest and disease identification and prevention. I will also look in detail at your own specific house plants and their individual requirements, or perhaps ones you would like to purchase to check firstly on the suitability for your home.

Designing a pond for the garden

If you have been wanting to add a pond in your garden for some time but didnt know where to start, this course will provide you with all the information you would need to plan and build your garden pond.  Including a specific look at your personal garden setting, placement, pond types and installation.

Wildlife Gardening

Want to attract more wildlife in to your garden? This course will advise on ways to create wildlife friendly spaces in your garden and how to also use plants to attract bees, birds and butterflies. We can look at your specific garden and discuss ways to improve it.

Designing a border with year round interest

If you are planning a new flower border in your garden and want it to look fantastic all year round then this is the course for you.  It includes how to choose your plants for seasonal interest with a mixture of bulbs, perrenials and shrubs.  Where to place them in the border to give height and structure.  Designing your border with colour in mind.  We will also look at your specific plant choices and discuss how to position them for your own garden border.

Coming Soon........

This year I will be delivering hands on courses at Tor Garden Plants nursery. These will be half day or day courses with a small group of people and will allow you to learn whilst getting your hands dirty. Watch this space for more details.


Garden Tutoring

I offer 1:1 tutoring in a range of gardening topics that can be tailored to you specifically. These currently take place via zoom.  The first hour is free so that we can chat about the areas in which you would like to learn more and create a lesson plan.  I am happy to do one off, hour lessons or regular tutoring sessions and charge £20 per hour.

RHS qualifications

If you are studying RHS qualifications via distance learning but feel you need some help or advice in certain areas, I can tailor lessons to help you with your study.  I am RHS level 3 qualified.
Please enquire to discuss further.



Testimonials and recommendations

If you wish to see a copy of my CV or qualifications please enquire. Here are a few recommendations from past students:


"Emma is extremely passionate about her work and takes the time and care to explain in detail. She is incredibly knowledgeable in many areas of Horticulture and has a real passion for plants."- Jasmine Hinchliffe (03/01/2021)

"Having been a former student gardener under Emma’s supervision at NT Knightshayes, I can highly recommend her as a trustworthy tutor. She certainly knows her plants and her knowledge of plant care and maintenance is very impressive. Emma made everyday a pleasure to be at work; she’s kind, patient, positive and enthusiastic. Every task was always well explained and demonstrated and as you can imagine with a NT garden, the tasks were very varied and were performed to a high standard. As well as all the practical training in the garden, Emma also helped me gain my NVQ in Horticulture and gave me guidance on my RHS qualification. I now run my own successful gardening business and can honestly say that, if it wasn’t for Emma’s tutoring, then I wouldn’t be where I am today.........to which I will be forever grateful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Emma as a tutor!" - Rachel Pearson (9/01/2021)

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