An open forum for chatting about anything you want to.

These classrooms don't contain notes or handouts for the syllabus; they are a space for students.

With the re-structuring of the RHS website the discussion forums in the My Garden area disappeared. These were helpful to some people studying through distance learning, as well as to RHS members with general plant identification queries, and other problems which could be solved by asking other experienced gardeners rather than 'Experts'.

BEST has its own Facebook page where you can talk to past and present students - you'll see the icon on your home page - but if you aren't a habitual Facebook user you may not want to get involved in some of the online alternatives to meet other RHS students. So we hope you will think about using this space to communicate with our other students - who are also trying to make sense of the handouts, work through past papers, and decide if it's worth planting out their potatoes yet!

One area has been set up for level 2 students, and another for level 3; your tutor can help if you have general queries you want to raise.

You will all be enrolled in the chat areas - did you know that if you go into your user profile settings you can get your 'internal' emails redirected to any other account of your choice, so you don't have to be logged in to see email (only to answer it)?
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Where's the exam codes?!
by Sally Andrews - Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:01 AM

Hi Everyone,

Can you help?

I found the web page with the box with the exam codes the other night and I have spent a valuable half hour trying to refind the information and can't find it!

I remember the information was in table form, it didn't state the exam dates just what code was allocated to each exam.

Thanks everso much,


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Saving Proforma
by Rachel Tumman - Sunday, 19 January 2020, 12:08 PM

Hi Can anyone assist me with where I save my proforma ready for marking? I don't think I have nailed the navigation of the site yet and am struggling to find it.


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Newbie Questions - Exams
by Emily Stevenson - Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 4:11 PM

Hi, all apologies if these questions are really obvious but I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the information on here. Wondered if anyone could help me with the following:

  • I am doing RHS Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning, Establishment and Planting, but currently, I have only paid for ...
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by Owen Pugh - Thursday, 12 September 2019, 10:52 PM

Hi all, 

this is my first time doing this sort of course and I'm just excited to reach out to fellow students who are also new to this and engaging with the material for the first time. Not sure that I really have a question for people as such but if anyone is also feeling new and unsure of themselves please feel free to respond and say hi. 


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Powerpoints - Photos covering information
by Emily Stevenson - Monday, 13 January 2020, 9:51 PM

Hi everyone, I've only just enrolled and just getting used to finding my way around.

Before I start the course and start revising I just thought I'd have a look at the course material and how it's presented.

I've noticed on a lot of the powerpoints the photos cover up the text which is going to be ...

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New Student
by Sally Andrews - Wednesday, 1 January 2020, 5:13 PM


At the age of 56 I recently handed in my notice to become a gardener and I have just enrolled on the RHS Level 2 Garden Planning course to get some qualifications and more knowledge on the subject.  I've been having a look at the website and course content today and am now horribly aware of...

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new to this
by Stevon Marsh - Friday, 13 December 2019, 4:38 PM

Hi all just touching base to say hi! looking forward to studying again after 36 years and now retired but looking at setting up a part time gardening business


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Help with 3.3 on the syllabus of RHS 2
by Emily Grayshaw - Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 8:46 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm struggling to come up with answers for 

State the benefits and limitations of nutrient sources (environmental, health and safety issues, timing of application, variability of the material).

Any ideas?

All the best Emily

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Level 2 Production of Outdoor Veg and Fruit
by Delia Bochaton - Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 11:07 AM


I'm new to this forum and have been working through the veg and fruit production unit in Level 2.  Just wondering how anyone else is or has found this.  I only have a small garden so don't have much experience of this and there seems a lot to learn about regarding planting times, etc.


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Where to sit exams in June
by Mary Ballantine - Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 3:47 PM

Hello All,

I live in Plymouth and would be very grateful if anyone could tell me where I could sit exams in June (Bicton College have told me it's no longer possible with them).  Are Duchy College and The Horticultural Correspondence College the closest? Do I contact them directly?

Thank you for your help,