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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 - 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...

 

Me & My Job - Phil Seedhouse, area sales manager, DLF Trifolium

How did you get started in the industry? With the surname "Seedhouse", I fell into the industry by chance, being...

 

Me & My Job - Dylan Freeburn, gardener, Quarry Bank Mill

- How did you get started in the industry? I spent three years studying from the age of 17...

 

Me & My Job - Andy Ward, regional manager, Headland Amenity

How did you get started in the industry? I studied for my BTEC first diploma in horticulture at Moulton College,...

 
 

Horticulture Career News

Love your Garden and Britain's Best Gardens

Rosie Kippen and Janet Atkinson, both students at Writtle College, are working as runners on Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden...

 
Chris Parsons, Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014, representing the Northern Branch - image: www.gingerhorticulture.co.uk/JonathanWard

Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 winner named

Kew-trained self-employed gardener Chris Parsons has been named Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 after beating seven...

 

Design scholarship offered

Nemetschek Vectorworks and UK distributor Computers Unlimited have launched an architecture and landscape design scholarship. To enter, submit a design...

 
Young Horticulturists of the Year grand final draws near

Young Horticulturists of the Year grand final draws near

The grand final of the Institute of Horticulture's Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHoY) competition will take place on 10...

 

Landscapers get qualified

Bridgewater College has helped 11 landscapers at Tony Benger Landscaping to achieve level 2 horticulture qualifications.

 
 

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