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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 - Jennifer Brodie, owner, REMIN (Scotland)

- How did you get started in the industry? I did a zoology degree at the University of Aberdeen,...


Me & My Job - Claire Austin, owner, Claire Austin Hardy Plants

How did you get started in the industry? Having returned from Tanzania in 1983, my then husband wanted a change...


Me & My Job - Dan Curran, founding director, Ginkgo Gardens

How did you get started in the industry? I was studying to be a charted surveyor at Cirencester but found...


Me & My Job: Stephen Fry, hydroponics specialist, HydroGarden

How did you get started in the industry? Having studied at Harpers Adams University, specialising in dairy only to...


Me & My Job - Bob Brown, owner, Cotswold Garden Flowers

How did you get started in the industry? I launched my specialist retail/mail-order plant company in 1990 so it's 25...


Horticulture Career News

Alex Muller and Steve Ashworth

Pershore College student wins Wyevale Nurseries travel award

Alex Muller from Pershore College has been presented with Wyevale Nurseries' Peter Williamson Travel Award.

Homebase Garden Academy returns with places for 40 students

Homebase Garden Academy returns with places for 40 students

The Garden Retail award-winning Garden Academy set up in 2013 by Homebase and garden designer Adam Frost, is returning in...

Jessica Evans. Image: CIH

Young Horticulturist of the Year announced

Jessica Evans, head gardener at Tintinhull Gardens, has won the prestigious Chartered Institute of Horticulture's 2015 Young Horticulturist of the...

Writtle students, L-R: Hamish Porteous, Michelle Fisher, Ben Francis, Melissa Jade Griffiths, William Innes-Taylor

Writtle College students to man showcase Chelsea exhibit

A team of young people - including Writtle College students - will run the largest exhibit in the RHS Chelsea...

ESME's Peter Arnold, centre left, with SRUC students, from left: Kellie MacAndrew, Ben Ryan and Janet Woodburn

SRUC students in a spin over Gardening Scotland plans

Garden design students from Scotland's Rural College turned to a group of model engineers to help them build a show...


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