Professional Commercial Greenhouse and Hydroponic Growing Training Course

A rare opportunity has presented itself for either October or November 2012 to gain specialist training in commercial greenhouse and hydroponic growing from two highly regarded industry specialists.  This kind of training is rarely offered within the UK and this is a unique chance to take advantage of this one off course to be held in a central UK location.

The course is specifically designed to develop technical and management skills of owners, staff and managers of  greenhouse and hydroponic growing environments to meet the challenges of climate change, as well as to bring best practice knowledge of the latest in hydroponic and commercial greenhouse growing techniques and management.  The course will be suitable for all levels of expertise and experience and also for those considering setting up a hydroponic greenhouse operation.  The course will cover all aspects of commercial greenhouse-based hydroponic growing and attendees will gain a unique insight into the latest developments and best practice currently being employed throughout the world.  It will also be highly useful for staff of companies who operate in the commercial horticultural market and wish to gain an insight into the rapidly expanding market of commercial hydroponics.

The course includes practical training, discussions, demonstrations and lectures supported by written notes and other practical tools. The course will be conducted by two highly experienced Australian industry presenters Graeme Smith and Rick Donnan.

Graeme is the proprietor of Graeme Smith Consulting, who consults throughout the world, runs regular study tours to Holland/EU and North America/Canada, and is the Chairman of the Protected Cropping Association of Australia.

Rick works for Growool Horticultural Systems and is the Q&A columnist in the world’s leading hydroponic industry publication – Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses magazine.

The course can be customised to suit the additional requirements of local growers. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea will be provided throughout the course.  Full payment will be required in advance to secure your place on this unique training opportunity.

The course assists participants to improve their ability to adapt to seasonal and climatic change and improve existing practice by:

• understanding the principles of controlled production systems

• using new strategies and technologies to manage greenhouse climates and irrigation

• understanding plant growing requirements and plant production techniques

• developing new strategies for plant protection and integrated pest-management

• understanding plant nutrition and fertigation programs

• identifying the risks and opportunities of climate change

 Topics Include:

• media types & characteristics

• nutrition & nutrient management

• EC & pH

• environmental management

• climate change risks and opportunities

• greenhouse design and layout

• plant structure

• water quality and treatment

• plant physiology

• irrigation – media management

• plant health

• pest and disease control


Location: Coventry, UK

Duration: 4 ½ days

Course cost: £900 plus VAT

Dates: 22-26 October  or  5-9 November 2012

 To register your interest or for further information contact the course Coordinator, Kim Faulkes:

Ph: 02476 65150   Email: