Horticultural managers manage facilities for the large-scale cultivation of plants.
They work in the following areas:
Depending on the type of facility their tasks may include:
Working hours may vary according to the season; early starts and late finishes are common, as is work at weekends and on public holidays.
Depending on the job, the work may be office-based or outdoors in all weathers. Travel between sites and to visit suppliers and customers may be required. A driving licence is useful for this job.
To be a horticultural manager you will need:
Though there aren't set requirements when it comes to entering the industry, a specialist qualification in a related area will be useful.
In commercial horticulture, nurseries and garden centres can be found nationwide, but production horticulture is concentrated in certain areas depending on local condition such as climate, soil and other factors.
In amenity horticulture, jobs are mainly in larger towns and cities, often with a local authority in the maintenance of public parks, gardens and sports grounds. Councils increasingly use private contractors to do the work, so opportunities exist with these.
Progress from junior to senior management positions is possible for those with experience and advanced qualifications. Specialisation into areas such as marketing or research and development may lead to promotion.
Many set up their own businesses offering garden design services or interior landscaping, or start small nurseries or garden centres. Others move into training or lecturing, journalism, landscape or urban design, horticultural therapy or quality inspection for supermarkets as a food technologist. Work abroad is possible.
If you would like to know more about becoming a garden centre manager that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Institute of Horticulture
14-15 Belgrave Square
Royal Horticultural Society
Horticultural Training Officer
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Tel: 0131 552 7171
The National Trust
Tel: 0845 707 8007
Management Development Services Ltd
The Research Station
Great North Road
Tel: 01780 781 450
BASIS Registration Ltd
34 St John Street
Tel: 01335 343 945