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How do I become a horticulturist in Australia

Working in the great outdoors can have endless benefits, both for us and our planet.

Being out amongst nature has been proven to boost mood, productivity and overall mental and physical health. 

But what about the individuals who take care of our beautiful green spaces? Those who work alongside mother nature to create the most beautiful gardens and parks, giving us places in which we can relax and recharge?

Like any profession, perfection takes practice, and while full training is not always required, what better way to hone and enhance your skills as a horticulturist than with our courses in Gardening and Horticulture? 

There is MUCH more to land care than just watering flowers and planting seeds. A professional horticulturist will have expert knowledge of all garden plant life, how the seasons, animals and insects can affect the health and state of a garden, as well as practical skills in plant shaping, growing and structuring. 

Horticulturists will also work with a wide array of tools and natural materials to make the most out of a green space, each part of the garden acting as part of an orchestra, with certain plants blooming at different times and handmade structures offering balance and dynamics to the space.

We are going to take you through some of the jobs that courses in horticulture and garden design can lead you to, and how studying your craft with online horticulture courses can help you become the best you can be.

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Jobs in Horticulture

Described by Oxford Languages as ‘the art or practice of garden cultivation and management’, horticulture courses can cover a whole range of jobs.

Spending time in nature has proved to be extremely beneficial for mental health, with walking and outdoor therapies becoming more popular in recent years as research progresses. 

Some popular jobs in the horticulture industry include:

  • Gardener – many of us love getting out into the garden, tending to our beloved flowers and perhaps even nurturing a little vegetable patch. And what if you could do this as a full time gig? Gardeners are often in high demand, with many being unable to keep up with regular garden maintenance in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and so efficient and talented gardeners will always be wanted. Why prune plants? Why plant flowers and shrubs? Gardeners understand the rhyme and reason of nature and how to maintain its beauty and health.
  • Horticulturist – becoming a horticulturist is the perfect job for someone with green fingers! Avid gardeners and planet lovers will take to this career like a duck to water, as it will introduce you to topics such as soil types, plant science, plant identification, as well as the management of weeds, pests and disease that may threaten your garden.
  • Landscaper – a job perfect for a budding green-fingered artist with big vision. Landscaping involves the aesthetic maintenance of gardens and natural spaces, keeping things neat and blooming brightly. If you have a wild imagination, this could just be the job for you – a career that allows you to innovate and push the boundaries of natural beauty. This job requires a high level of skill and technique, so you’re best get started!
  • Nature Park Manager – where preservation reigns supreme. Nature parks strive to preserve nature in its purest form, keeping it safe from outside influence and maintaining it as the wild oasis that it should be. Whilst training as a nature park manager you will learn how to maintain and preserve natural spaces such as national parks, reserves and zoos, equipping you with the skills and ability to work alongside nature, building paths and rockeries, pools, nature trails and supporting an overall balanced ecosystem.

How can plant courses help you reach your dreams?

Plant classes are an excellent way to ensure that you are professionally trained in all aspects of land care and maintenance, equipping you with all the necessary and vital tools you will need to create beautiful outdoor spaces for your clients. 

And don’t worry, we know you are raring to get going with your work – training doesn’t have to take forever! With short online horticulture courses you’ll become a pro before you can say ‘why do you prune plants?

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How do I become a horticulturist in Australia?

Enrolling in any one of our online horticulture courses will give you a flying start in your plant-based career. 

Why? Because studying one of our online gardening and landscaping courses gives you the freedom and flexibility to learn in a familiar environment, working to suit the demands of your schedule and lifestyle.

Our courses include:


Comprised of two subjects, Horticulture I and Horticulture and Plant Data, this course will run you through the foundations of horticulture, plant science, soils, weeds, pest control as well as teaching you to identify plants such as shrubs, trees, plants and how to grow the different species.

This course is perfect for those looking for employment in already established businesses, hobbyist gardeners or even beginners who are passionate about nature and want to become a master green thumb.

Advanced Horticulture 

A more advanced take on our original horticulture course, you will first learn about plant identification, how to distinguish plants by their family, genus and species and what plants will work well together based on their nutrient requirements.

Garden maintenance comes next, giving you all the know-how on water management and proper plant nutrition, fertilising, and how to notice nutrient deficiencies. Following on from this you will learn all about common root, leaf and stem issues and diseases, as well as how to prevent these issues with natural and non-natural methods.

Horticulture Business 

Not only will this course teach you about different kinds of plants, soils, lawns, flowers and more. What sets this course apart is that it has a strong business component, making sure you are not only a skilled and knowledgeable gardener but also have a firm understanding of the business side of horticulture.

All of our courses come with a downloadable brochure, providing more information on course content and modules, assessments, online learning and tutor support. If you have any questions about studying online with us, our course consultants are on hand to guide and advise you, getting you to where you need to be.

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