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Our world would be nothing without plants...

Grow Careers

Plants feed us, keep us warm and dry, provide medicine, 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.

What is Horticulture?

A gardener is a person who tends to a garden and is therefore a horticulturist, but not all horticulturists are gardeners.

Horticulture is the Art, Science, Technology and Business of intensive plant cultivation for human use. It is practised from the individual level in a garden up to the activities of a multinational corporation. It is very diverse in its activities, incorporating plants for food (fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, culinary herbs) and non-food crops (flowers, trees & shrubs, turf-grass, hops, grapes, medicinal herbs).

It also includes related services in plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape & garden design/construction/maintenance, horticultural therapy, and much more. This wide range of food, medicinal, environmental, and social products & services are all fundamental to developing and maintaining human health and well-being.


Visit the Grow Careers pages of the Chartered Institue of Horticulture's website to find out more about the range of fantastic opportunities horticulture has to offer.