A horticulturist is a scientist who has knowledge of plants and soil and studies and cultivates plants. As a horticulturist, you might work in landscaping or focus on the management of crops. You might research soil and plants and then use your knowledge to enhance crop yields. Other career possibilities include advising farmers or agriculture companies, teaching others interested in horticulture, working as an environmental advocate, or consulting with private or government agencies regarding agriculture and the environment. If you would like a practical job working with plants, this could be for you. As a horticultural worker, you could be involved in plant production, selling plants in garden centres or tending to plants in parks and gardens. In this job you would need to be knowledgeable about plants. You would need to be able to work alone or in a team. If you worked in a garden centre you would also need customer service skills. There aren't any specific entry requirements to get into this job, but college courses in horticulture can teach you some of the skills you would need. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme. As a horticultural worker, you would be involved in growing plants for one of the following purposes: production horticulture - producing and selling plants for either food or decoration garden centres - producing plants for sale to the public
parks and gardens - looking after areas such as private or public historic or botanic parks, gardens and green spaces. Your day-to-day tasks vary vastly, depending on the season of the year and would include: sowing seeds and planting bulbs and ornamental plants
growing plants from cuttings and by grafting
taking care of plants - watering, weeding, pruning, feeding and spraying mowing grass, cutting dead growth and branches, and general tidying laying paths and looking after ornamental features.
Depending on the job, you could also pick, sort and package produce to...
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