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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

Horticulture students offered careers advice at GroSouth

Following 2014's Grow Careers event, a fresh batch of students attended GroSouth on 12 November. Hadlow and Sparsholt Colleges were...

Geoff Stanley, Jonathan Finch, Charlotte Rowley and Fran Sconce preparing for All About Insects

Entomologists offered £4,000 by Harper Adams

More postgraduate entomology students will be able to take advantage of a scholarship worth £4,000, thanks to an increase in...

Writtle College entrants

Colleges prepare for Ideal Home Show garden design competition

Six colleges are drawing up designs for the Young Gardeners of the Year competition as the Ideal Home Show moves...


Evolution Plants offers YoungHort planthunter trip

Nursery owner Tom Mitchell wants to take a YoungHort member on a planthunting trip to Bosnia and Montenegro.

Huck: chair of second sub-group

Apprentice scheme gathers pace

First meeting due to be held as horticulture gains full representation in apprenticeship framework.


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