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Job Description

A Garden Centre Manager would be responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of the garden centre. They would oversee the care and maintenance of plants, shrubs and trees, make sure the centre is displayed correctly with tools, garden furniture and other products. Manage, recruit and train staff, handle budgets and accounts and manage and implement safety procedures.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:

College

You could work towards this role by doing a college course in a relevant subject Horticulture.

You can also complete Royal Horticultural Society qualifications.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.

The following local colleges offer courses in Horticulture:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.

Apprenticeship

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

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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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

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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Work

You could work your way up to management by starting out as a horticultural worker and gaining experience and qualifications. Knowledge of related areas like farming, forestry, retailing or marketing could be valuable, and you can also gain experience through:

Management Development Services Ltd (MDS Ltd) offer graduate traineeships in the fresh food, produce and arable industries.

Other Routes

Some larger companies have graduate management trainee schemes for the fresh food, produce and arable industries.

Further information

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

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Agricultural contractor
  • Farmer
  • Florist
  • Gardener
  • Horticultural therapist

Required Skills

  • A thorough knowledge of horticulture
  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • customer service skills

Salary Range

£18,000 to £40,000

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