A professional Gardener is responsible for growing and cultivating all types of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns. Professional Gardeners are employed in places such as public parks, gardens, sports grounds, schools, private residences and private estates. The gardeners we represent are passionate about nature and the environment.
A gardener will enjoy a practical, outdoors lifestyle. Being able to take instruction from the principals and bring creativity often to a set project budget designing and planting schemes so the garden has something to offer all year round.. Using training, knowledge experience and gardening skills as well as a passion- often suing resources such as the internet gardening books and working with garden centres and other suppliers.
Making sure the grass and lawns are kept in immaculate condition. seeds or cuttings
digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders pruning shrubs
health of plants identifying pests or diseases and controlling them
Cleaning and maintaining tools and using equipment and machinery such as lawn mowers, rotavators and hedge trimmers
Being able to work with the public and to a seasonal calendar especially in gardens, private estates and houses of historical importance If the work is in a garden that is open to the public , the gardener might also be required to answer questions from visitors or supervise and lead garden walks.
Gardening is a very physical job and involves a lot of lifting, digging and carrying heavy loads. We always advise candidates to wear safety equipment such as gloves, eye protectors and a hard hat as and when required. Being strong and fit to do manual labour and can involve carrying out building such as putting up sheds and building walls, fences and patios.
Working hours and conditions- hours could vary depending on the time of year with more in the light of spring and summer and less in the dark of winter or when disrupted by the weather,
A Head Gardener, could earn £25,000pa to £50,000 if they have made a name and reputation for themselves.
Also the better qualified you are with
- Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture
- Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
- Level 2/3 Certificate/Diploma in Work-based Horticulture
- Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Horticulture.
- Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting.
- Master of Horticulture (RHS) ,a qualification aimed at those working professionally and you can also study towards higher education qualifications like HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees and degrees in subjects like horticulture and garden management.