Landscape Horticulturist

Job Description:

A Landscape Horticulturist specialises in the cultivation, care, and maintenance of plants, trees, and shrubs in outdoor spaces, ensuring their health and aesthetic integration within landscapes.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

What you will do:

As a landscape horticulturist, you will be:

  • Choosing appropriate plants, trees, and shrubs based on the local climate, soil conditions, and aesthetic goals
  • Properly planting and transplanting trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants to ensure their healthy growth
  • Assessing and amending soil conditions as needed to optimise plant health and growth
  • Regularly pruning and trimming plants to maintain their shape, size, and appearance
  • Applying fertilisers and nutrients to plants to promote healthy growth
  • Identifying and managing pest infestations and diseases that may affect plants
  • Designing and managing irrigation systems to ensure plants receive adequate water
  • Maintaining lawns by mowing, seeding, aerating, and applying fertilisers
  • Planning and executing seasonal plantings for gardens and landscapes
  • Implementing weed control strategies to prevent weed growth and competition with desirable plants
  • Applying mulch to gardens and landscapes to retain moisture and suppress weeds
  • Considerations: Implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in landscape maintenance
  • Meeting with clients to understand their landscaping preferences and providing advice on plant selection and care
  • Maintaining and operating landscaping equipment and tools safely and effectively
  • Keeping records of plant care activities, pest control measures, and fertilisation schedules
  • Staying updated with horticultural advancements and best practices for plant care


You will need:

  • knowledge in plant biology and soil science
  • knowledge of different plant species, their characteristics, and suitability for various environmental conditions
  • knowledge in pruning, irrigation, mulching, planting and fertilisation
  • knowledge in pest control and weed management
  • knowledge of lawn care practices
  • knowledge of sustainable practices and safety protocols
  • proficiency in operating and maintaining landscaping equipment and tools
  • awareness of local regulations and guidelines related to landscaping and plant care

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While there are no specific GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) subjects required to become a Landscape Horticulturist, focusing on certain subjects can provide a strong foundation in relevant skills and knowledge. Consider taking GCSE courses in the following areas:

  1. Biology: Understanding the biology of plants and ecosystems is essential for horticulture.
  2. Chemistry: Knowledge of basic chemistry can help with understanding soil composition and plant nutrition.
  3. Mathematics: Math skills are important for measurements and calculations in horticultural tasks.
  4. Environmental Science: Learning about environmental systems and sustainability practices can be beneficial.
  5. Art and Design: Courses in art and design can foster creativity, which is valuable in garden and landscape design.
  6. Geography: Geography can provide insights into climate, topography, and geographical factors affecting horticulture.

While these subjects can provide a solid foundation, becoming a Landscape Horticulturist typically involves further education, hands-on experience, and practical training in horticulture or related fields. Consider A-levels or vocational qualifications in horticulture for more specialised education in this area.

To become a Landscape Horticulturist, you typically need the following qualifications and requirements:


Many Landscape Horticulturists start with a relevant education, such as a Diploma or Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Management, or a related field. Some positions may accept vocational qualifications or apprenticeships.

Hands-on Experience

Practical experience through internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level horticultural positions is crucial for developing skills.

Certifications (Optional)

Consider obtaining certifications related to horticulture or specific areas of expertise like arboriculture, pesticide application, or sustainable landscaping. Certifications can enhance your qualifications.

Licensing (if applicable)

In some regions, you may need specific licenses or permits for certain horticultural tasks or pesticide application. Check local regulations.

Working Hours and Environment:

Landscape Horticulturists typically work regular business hours with seasonal variations, spending their time outdoors tending to plants, gardens, and landscapes, often involving physical labor and collaboration with clients and teams.

Career Path & Progression:

The typical career path of a Landscape Horticulturist includes starting in entry-level positions, advancing to roles with more responsibility in plant care and landscaping, potentially specialising, taking on supervisory and management roles, and continuing education to stay updated in the field.