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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 - 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...


Me & My Job - Amanda McGreavy, accounts manager, Catering Projects

- What is your typical day? It can be mixed. I may meet clients for the first time, discuss their...


Horticulture Career News

Bursary recipient James Ashworth

Bursary scheme criteria broadened to attract non-horticulture students into sector

Access to a horticulture bursary scheme worth £4,500 from the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) has been widened this year enabling...

Pershore's "milestone" redevelopment starts

Demolition starts to make way for Pershore College transformation

Demolition machines moved into Pershore College today to clear the site ready for £5.8m redevelopment.

Leigh Morris (left) and Raoul Curtis-Machin at yesterday's conference

Raoul Curtis-Machin takes over as chair of Grow Careers

The HTA's head of horticulture Raoul Curtis-Machin has taken over the chairmanship of the Grow Careers initiative.

The Landscape Group staff recieve their award

Apprenticeships scheme leads to two regional awards for The Landscape Group

The Landscape Group has won two regional awards in this year's National Apprenticeship Awards.

Adele Brooks and Ed Wall in the wetland roof garden

Roof gardens to be used for teaching and research at new £76m Greenwich University building

The new £76m University of Greenwich's Department of Architecture and Landscape building is due to open on Monday (15 September),...


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Horticulture Jobs
Soft Landscaper 25131, Anders Plus
£18K depending on experience, Hendon, London (Greater)
Head Gardener, National Trust
c.£25,000 per annum, Drewsteignton, Exeter
Plantarea Manager - B042, Horticruitment
£18,000, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Plantarea Manager - J066, Horticruitment
£25K DOE, Cambridgeshire
Arboricultural Surveyor, Gavin Jones Ltd
Competitive salary, Addlestone, Surrey