Gardening is a great hobby.
- It is good for our mental and physical health.
- It provides us with home grown, fresh fruit and vegetable.
- It provides us with hobbies and interest.
- It is a great way to spend time in the fresh air and get close to nature.
But horticulture does not just have to be a hobby. Working in horticulture can also be a rewarding and beneficial career.
Why Work in Horticulture?
Good for our Mental and Physical Health
As we said above, spending time outdoors in the garden can be good for our mental and physical health. Gardening is great exercise burning around 300 calories in 30 minutes. Spending time with nature is also good for our mental health. It helps us to focus and releases those feel good hormones to reduce anxiety and depression and improve our mood.
Due to misconceptions about horticulture and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are currently experiencing skills shortages in horticulture. We need horticulturalists. To survive, our planet needs plants and trees. Animals and humans need food and air. Horticulturalists are essential for the world!
This means that there are many job opportunities and business opportunities in horticulture.
It is predicted that the gardening industry will grow 5 – 10% in the next few years.
Opportunities in Horticulture
The horticulture industry has many, many opportunities –
- Commercial and domestic gardeners – Working in the gardens and green areas of people’s homes or businesses
- Landscapers – creating gardens and green for customers
- Garden designers – designing gardens
- Botanists – studying plant life in the wild and in the laboratory
- Pomologist - studying and cultivating fruit
- Permaculture Systems experts – maintain and create biodiversity
- Growing and selling fruit, veg, nuts and other crops
- Biophilic experts – designing green areas to include nature around built up areas
- Horticulture tutors and trainers
- Social media writers
- Bloggers/vloggers and article writers
- TV presenters
- Retail staff – work in shops, garden centres, nurseries, online etc.
- Garden equipment designers and developers
- Selling garden equipment
- Nursery staff – growing, maintaining and selling plants
- Botanical illustrators – drawing images of plants and flowers
- Scientists – carrying out research and applying that research to the real world
- Growing, producing and selling herbs and herbals products or manufacturing herbal products
- Horticultural marketing
- Horticultural therapy – working with people helping them to improve their physical and mental health through the joy of gardening and horticulture.
- Rewilding experts – bring nature back to cultivated areas
- And many more jobs.
We can’t possibly talk about every single job-type available in horticulture, there are just so many, so let’s look at the steps to deciding which career is for you.
Are you considering a career in horticulture?
Think about your existing knowledge, experience, skills and qualifications.
Do you already know quite a bit about gardening or do you need to take an introductory course? A simple 100 hour course in horticulture may be all you need or you may want to go ahead and do a Certificate in Horticulture which will give you a much more in-depth knowledge in general horticulture but also allow you to choose some specialised stream modules.
Once you have decided what level you need to start with, move onto –
What interests you?
- Designing gardens
- Landscaping gardens
- Growing fruit and veg or growing a particular crop ?
- Selling gardening products
- Marketing gardening products
- Writing about gardening and horticulture
- Other areas?
Decide on what areas of horticulture interest you. If you are not sure about everything that is available, why not have a look at our online horticultural courses here.
There may be more than one area that interests you.