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Horticultural manager

Alternative titles for this job include Garden centre manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

44 to 46 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become 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


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

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

Work experience during university

Employers value work experience so it's important to get as much as you can during your studies. 

You could choose a course that includes a placement or internship. Your university careers service can also help you find work experience. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
  • level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

You could also get a qualification from The Royal Horticulture Society.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You could do a horticulture supervisor advanced apprenticeship to work towards a management role.

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), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could start as a horticultural worker to get experience and work your way up to a management role.

Other Routes

Some larger companies have graduate schemes working with fresh food, produce and crops.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can find out more about careers in horticulture from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a horticultural careers from The Royal Horticultural Society and The Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture.

What it takes

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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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you might:

  • prepare and update business plans
  • manage staff and budgets, analyse costs and make sure health and safety procedures are followed
  • develop new products and negotiate with suppliers
  • design layouts and develop planting programmes
  • decide when to plant and harvest crops
  • manage pests, disease and weed control

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

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Level 3 Diploma Horticulture

  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Dorchester

Horticulture Level 3

  • Start date: 10 September 2024
  • Location: Shipley

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