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Careers & Training

The Grow InitiativeInformation 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.

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Careers - Landscape skills

Careers - Landscape skills

30 May 2014

Skills in community engagement, sustainability and IT are among the new essentials for amenity horticulture and landscaping, Rachel Anderson hears.

 
 
Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

30 May 2014

Coming up through the ranks, the YoungHorts tell Sarah Cosgrove why they want to work in the industry.

 
 
Careers - Growing and selling

Careers - Growing and selling

30 May 2014

Business and marketing knowhow is just as important as plant knowledge for those producing and selling plants, Rachel Anderson finds.

 
 
Modern turf skills

Modern turf skills

21 February 2014

Good communication and budget management are key components of the modern groundsman's skill set, Rachel Anderson discovers.

 
 
Recruitment shift

Recruitment shift

22 November 2013

Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.

 
 
Education and training - Future growers

Education and training - Future growers

11 July 2013

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.

 
 
Careers in professional gardening

Careers in professional gardening

10 May 2013

Want to be a professional gardener? Then you will need plenty of passion, practical experience and a formal qualification, writes Rachel Anderson.

 
 
Careers in parks, grounds care and arboriculture - From the ground up

Careers in parks, grounds care and arboriculture - From the ground up

10 May 2013

A skills shortage in the parks, grounds care and trees sector means there are opportunities for keen applicants, Jack Shamash reports.

 
 
Careers in production horticulture and garden retail - Food for thought

Careers in production horticulture and garden retail - Food for thought

10 May 2013

Job opportunities in the production horticulture and garden retail sector are as varied as the plants grown in it, says Rachel Anderson.

 
 
Investing in online learning

Investing in online learning

16 May 2013

As the industry begins to realise the benefits of educating the workforce with e-learning methods, Magda Ibrahim examines the pros and cons

 
 

Events

Groen-Direkt Fair

  • Groen-Direkt
  • Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014 - Tue 29 Jul 2014

Plant Pests and Disease Identification Training Day

  • PlantNetwork
  • Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014 - Thu 31 Jul 2014
  • Venue: Woking, UK

National Cut Flower Centre Open Day

  • HDC
  • 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

Career profiles

Me & My Job - Ian Drummond, owner, Indoor Garden Design

Me & My Job - Ian Drummond, owner, Indoor Garden Design

17 July 2014

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...

 
 
Me & My Job - Tim Howell, managing director, landscaping, MITIE

Me & My Job - Tim Howell, managing director, landscaping, MITIE

11 July 2014

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...

 
 
Me & My Job - Imme Davis, Wyevale Nurseries assistant manager

Me & My Job - Imme Davis, Wyevale Nurseries assistant manager

19 June 2014

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...

 
 
Me & My Job - Andy Dunn, owner, Codsall Garden Services

Me & My Job - Andy Dunn, owner, Codsall Garden Services

13 June 2014

- 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...

 
 
Me & My Job - Gerry O'Donnell, general manager Scotland, Glendale

Me & My Job - Gerry O'Donnell, general manager Scotland, Glendale

30 May 2014

- 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 ...

 
 
Me & My Job - Will Michieli, plant adviser, Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre

Me & My Job - Will Michieli, plant adviser, Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre

16 May 2014

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...

 
 

Horticultural Qualifications & Courses

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia

PEST & DISEASE FACTSHEET: Spider mites

UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open