Horticultural manager

Alternative titles for this job include Garden centre manager

A horticultural manager grows plants commercially for use in parks, gardens and public spaces.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

44 to 46 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

How to become a horticultural manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • horticulture and management
  • commercial horticulture
  • horticulture and plant science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could work towards this role by doing a college course in a relevant subject like:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
  • Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

You can also complete Royal Horticultural Society qualifications.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with a horticulture supervisor advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could work your way into this role by starting out as a horticultural worker and applying for promotion when you've got more experience and qualifications.

Other routes

Some large companies have management graduate training schemes.

You can go on a graduate traineeship for the fresh food, produce and arable industries through Management Development Services Ltd.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a horticultural manager from The Royal Horticultural Society and Grow Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing and updating operational and business plans
  • keeping records and managing budgets and accounts
  • analysing costs
  • developing new products and markets, and negotiating with suppliers
  • designing layouts and developing planting programmes
  • scheduling the planting and harvesting of crops
  • managing pest, disease and weed control programmes
  • making sure health and safety regulations and procedures are followed
  • recruiting and managing a skilled and trained workforce

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a garden centre.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

You could move to a senior management position or set up your own nursery or garden centre.

You could complete The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Master of Horticulture qualification, if you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Landscape Gardener Apprentice

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Staines TW18 1DG

Courses In England

NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture

  • Provider: OAKLANDS COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: St. Albans

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture

  • Provider: Writtle University College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Chelmsford

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