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  • Horticulture is where art, science, design and commerce meet – with challenging and rewarding careers no matter what your background or interests. (Credit: National Trust Picture Library – Paul Harris)
  • Parks and urban green spaces help cool temperatures, reduce wind speeds and absorb pollution and flood water.
  • Horticulture is creative, changes by the seasons and makes places interesting, vibrant and healthier.
  • A top-quality football pitch contains 150 – 200,000 leaf blades in every square metre. Every one of them needs skilled care and attention.
  • Nurturing a seed as it turns into a flower is watching a small miracle every day. Horticulture is full of magic and mystery.
  • 37 million people enjoy visiting and sitting under the 135,000 trees in London’s Royal Parks each year. All those trees need expert care and pruning.

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Our world would be nothing without plants. They feed us, keep us warm and dry, clean our air and provide us with a beautiful, green environment to live in. Working with plants, from designing and building a new city park to developing new food crops can be incredibly rewarding and there is a wealth of career options to choose from. GROW Careers is your starting point to find out more.

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Chris' Story

Chris' Story

Garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw explains why he loves working in the horticultural industry and how he got into the profession. read on


Career Profiles

Me & My Job - Alex Hankey, third-year diploma student, Kew

How did you get started in the industry? I did work experience when I was 15 at my local nursery...


Me & My Job - Stuart Charles Towner, garden designer, Hambrooks

How did you get started in the industry? Before Hambrooks I was at a local garden centre - Keydell Nurseries...


Me & My Job - Tim Howell, managing director, landscaping, MITIE

How did you get started in the industry? I've always had an interest in the outdoor life so landscaping seemed...


Me & My Job - Mike Seaton, managing director, The Lawn Company

How did you get started in the industry? Back in 1981, I started as an assistant groundsman at Wellington College...


Me & My Job - Tom Mitchell, owner, Evolution Plants

How did you get started in the industry? I think of it more as an obsession than an industry, but...


Horticulture Career News

Eden Project to run degree courses with Cornwall College

Eden Project to run degree courses with Cornwall College

The Eden Project has announced it will run degree courses for the first time, in partnership with Cornwall College and...

Coslett: has written to colleges

Student workshop will offer help to dyslexic landscapers

Palmstead Nurseries is holding a soft-landscaping student workshop at Merrist Wood College in Kent on 3 March with former BALI...

Farrer: Landscape Institute president selected top three winners

Landscape Institute responds to student downturn

Landscape Institute members consulted on changes to voting, structure, chartership route and membership categories.

Sam Larke

Garden centre apprentice hailed as great example of how apprenticeships can develop careers

Sam Larke, 17, from Norwich is getting hands-on experience through his Level 2 EDGE Apprenticeship in Production Horticulture at Beeston...

Joe Clements

Learner profiles launched for high achieving land-based vocational students

Landex, the membership organisation that represents colleges and universities offering land-based programmes, has worked with the 157 Group to publish...


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Horticulture Jobs
Senior Foreman /Site Manager (25988), Anders Plus
Circa £30k, nr Leighton Buzzard
Horticulturalist Gardener, Borders, Grosvenor Estate
£20,450.00 per annum + pension, benefits, Eaton Estate, Chester
Plant Centre Manager - K009, Horticruitment
up to £22,000 - £24,000 , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experienced, qualified Gardener Required for Large, Private Estate, Private
Competitive, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Deputy Head Gardener (Maternity Cover), Trinity Hall
£21,391 p.a plus pension & benefits, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire