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
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.
Landscape sector professionals transform outdoor spaces into spectacular locations for people to enjoy. Rachel Anderson looks at what you need to know to get started in the sector.
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
- Steve Millington, president, Garden Industry Manufacturers Association
- Professor Nicola Spence, chief plant health officer, Defra
- Professor Guy Poppy, chief scientific adviser, Food Standards Agency
- Alfie Jackson, product development manager, Suttons Seeds
- Graham Stewart, sales manager, John Deere
- Raoul Curtis-Machin, chairman, Grow
- Pippa Bowker, marketing coordinator, Bosmere Products
- David Slawson, Imperial College London
- Jason Pike, national sales manager, Bord na Mona
- Danny Adamson, William Sinclair
- David Raitt, sales manager, Lely UK
- Iqtidar Hassan, financial controller, Bernhard & Co
- Mark Golder, industry development director, IGD
- Keith Walters, pest-management professor, Harper Adams University
- Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014 - Tue 22 Apr 2014
- Date: Thu 24 Apr 2014 - Thu 24 Apr 2014
- Venue: EAST MALLING RESEARCH CONFERENCE CENTRE, NEW ROAD, EAST MALLING, KENT, ME19 6BJ
- Royal Horticultural Society
- Date: Sun 27 Apr 2014 - Sun 27 Apr 2014
- Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall
Careers and workplace news
- Landscapers get qualified
- Skills Theatre to go on tour
- BALI holds masterclass for suppliers targeting designers
- Landscape students chosen for WorldSkills heats at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show
- New chief executive for landscaping and green space charity Groundwork
- Conference rebuts criticism of attention on youngsters
How did you get started in the industry? I began working at a garden centre during the weekends while I was at school. I then studied for a BSc in horticulture and business management at university. What does your typical day involve? There is n...
- How did you get started in the industry? Royal Hospital Chelsea for one year, after which self-employed with a maintenance round in Wimbledon. The business has grown from there. - What advice would you give to others starting out? Have a g...
What does your typical day involve? Mostly, a lot of talking. Conversations with colleagues on day-to-day issues, staff on site, suppliers, clients, designers. Then plenty of emails to follow up. What takes up most of your time? My responsibili...
We hear from the organiser of next week's first YoungHort conference at RHS Wisley
How did you get started in the industry? Towards the end of my decade living in Italy I was approached by the owner of a 100ha nursery who needed help with export sales to England, Turkey and Russia. I enjoyed the challenge so much that I decided to...
How did you get into the industry? I started working at my father's garden centres - Clows Garden Centres - as a schoolboy. Before I had left school, I was hooked! What advice would you give to others starting out? Work in all areas of the busin...
Latest jobs Jobs web feed
- HEAD GARDENER Private Estate in Vale of Evesham Dependent on experience, Worcestershire
- Horticulturalist Gardener, Borders Grosvenor Estate Competitive salary plus benefits , Chester, Cheshire / Eccleston, Cheshire
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- Sweeper Driver The Landscape Group Paying London Living Wage (£8.80 per hour) and upwards dependent on experience), London (Greater)
- Tractor Driver The Landscape Group Paying London Living Wage (£8.80 per hour) and upwards dependent on experience, London (Greater)
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