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.
You'll usually need a higher education qualification and practical experience. Relevant qualifications include foundation degrees, HNDs and bachelor degrees in subjects like professional horticulture and horticultural management. You could also take a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification.
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:
- work placements
- RHS voluntary internships
- community gardening schemes and projects
Management Development Services Ltd (MDS Ltd) offer graduate traineeships in the fresh food, produce and arable industries.
Career Path and Progression
In large organisations you may be offered graduate training.
If you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience you could complete the RHS Master of Horticulture qualification.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Agricultural contractor
- Horticultural therapist
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- A thorough knowledge of horticulture
- Good business management skills
- A very good communicator
£16,000 to £40,000