Careers & Training
Information and resources to help you start or develop your career in horticulture, including qualifications and courses for work in plant production, professional gardening, landscape design & construction, arboriculture, greenkeeping, groundsmanship and garden retailing. Information on this page is compiled in association with Grow.
Grow Your Career In Horticulture
Skills in community engagement, sustainability and IT are among the new essentials for amenity horticulture and landscaping, Rachel Anderson hears.
Coming up through the ranks, the YoungHorts tell Sarah Cosgrove why they want to work in the industry.
Business and marketing knowhow is just as important as plant knowledge for those producing and selling plants, Rachel Anderson finds.
Good communication and budget management are key components of the modern groundsman's skill set, Rachel Anderson discovers.
Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.
A Monday in the middle of June and the office phone at Warwickshire College has been ringing all morning as people respond to an advertisement in Worcester News.
Want to be a professional gardener? Then you will need plenty of passion, practical experience and a formal qualification, writes Rachel Anderson.
A skills shortage in the parks, grounds care and trees sector means there are opportunities for keen applicants, Jack Shamash reports.
Job opportunities in the production horticulture and garden retail sector are as varied as the plants grown in it, says Rachel Anderson.
As the industry begins to realise the benefits of educating the workforce with e-learning methods, Magda Ibrahim examines the pros and cons
- Andy Roe, Kelkay
- Guy Fancourt, treasurer, Professional Gardeners Trust
- Mary Berry, RHS ambassador
- Sandra Loton-Jones, head of commercial services, BASC
- Lolly Lee, national accounts manager, Gardman
- Clever marketing helps retailers win Brammy Awards
- Jason Whetton, business development manager, Shed Grounds Maintenance
- Tom Grafen, young board of directors, Institute of Groundsmanship
- Jenny Abramsky, Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund
- David Domoney, gardening ambassador, Thrive charity
- Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014 - Tue 29 Jul 2014
- Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014 - Thu 31 Jul 2014
- Venue: Woking, UK
- Date: Wed 06 Aug 2014 - Wed 06 Aug 2014
- Venue: E M Cole Farms Ltd, Small Drove Lane, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3NL - then National Cut Flower Centre, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG
Careers and workplace news
- Farrer: let's speak up for profession
- Sue Ireland warns of crisis in recruitment and retention of women in horticulture
- Heritage training events scheduled
- Landscape Show set to host YoungHort conference
- Former head of horticulture department at Hadlow College David Steed dies aged 81
- Student landscapers to go head to head at Tatton Park
How did you get started in the industry? I joined Indoor Garden Design in 1993 after four years with Ken Hayford floristry, where I started as an apprentice. I recently celebrated 25 years in the industry and took over from Ed Wolf running Indoor Ga...
How did you get started in the industry? I've always had an interest in the outdoor life so landscaping seemed like a good thing to do. I joined a Kent company as a landscape technician straight from school and after that worked for Hillier for seve...
How did you get into the horticulture industry? Following an apprenticeship at a tree nursery in the north of Germany, I worked in a retail nursery near Frankfurt. After this I worked for two years at Baumschule Lappen. What does your typical d...
- How did you get started in the industry? I was a weekend lad at Hambrooks garden centre then went to Pershore and to Boningales before going back to Hambrooks to run the production unit, then back to Boningales in sales until I left to set up my...
- How did you get started in the industry? As a child it was always my ambition to be seen as responsible enough by my father to use the mower and be able to cut our garden lawn. I knew that if I could do ours I would be able to offer my services ...
How did you get started in the industry? Horticulture has always been in the family. My parents owned a nursery in North Petherton in Somerset and Monkton Elm is the local garden centre to that. I started there, then I went to New Zealand and studie...
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