Careers


Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme provides practical and theoretical training in the skills needed to work in a historic or botanic garden. The programme provides specialist training through written projects, plant idents, a daily journal, tools training and work experience as part of the garden team.


Professional Gardeners’ Guild

The PGG Traineeship is an opportunity to gain practical skills in the workplace at three world class historic or botanic gardens for those seeking a career as a professional gardener/ horticulturist.

Deadline for applications: 10th May 2019


Work-based training with the Royal Horticultural Society

RHS training courses have been a way of providing students with the means of converting theoretical studies from the classroom into practice in a real garden setting for over 100 years. Apprenticeships, Specialist Horticultural Placements and Level 3 or 4 Diplomas in Horticultural Practice are available across four RHS gardens.

Deadline for studentships/placements: 1st February 2019
Deadline for apprenticeships: 11th March 2019


Kew Diploma

The three-year Kew Diploma offers broad-based training in amenity and botanical horticulture. The curriculum provides a unique combination of practical and theoretical study, providing the opportunity to study scientific and technical subjects, whilst gaining practical experience and responsibility working with one of the most comprehensive botanic collections in the world.

Deadline for applications: 31st January 2019


The Elizabeth Hess Scholarship at Tresco Abbey Gardens

A year’s practical training for up to three students who plan a career in Botanic Gardens. It is very valuable for those who already have a basic training and qualification in practical horticulture and are ready for the next step which will enhance their personal skills.

Deadline for applications: 1st March


The Professional Gardeners’ Trust

The Professional Gardeners’ Trust was established in 2004 to fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK and Ireland.

The PGT provides gardeners with the opportunity to acquire skills and gain qualifications through part-time courses and work placements. This enhances their careers and benefits the horticulture profession as a whole.


The School of Heritage Gardening

The National Trust for Scotland’s School of Heritage Gardening at Threave Garden has been training generations of gardeners since 1961. Students learn the art, craft and science of horticulture – from pruning, grafting and glasshouse cultivation, to plant identification and the use of gardening machinery and tools. Applications open in the New Year.


Grow Careers

Grow your own career in horticulture: the website provides a source of information for entering into, or progressing within, the horticultural industry. It exists to support new entrants into the sector, and inform progression and diversification of careers within the industry.

Grow Careers is here to help, by providing profiles of those already working within the industry, responding to careers questions via email, or sharing the advice collected from experienced horticultural professionals.


Chartered Institute of Horticulture

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is open to any professional within the horticultural industry, from those at the beginning of their education or career, to those already well established within the field. Its membership comprises, and represents, those that are involved in amenity horticulture, parks, landscaping, botanic/heritage gardens, and the full range of horticulture within leisure industries as well as those producing, managing, growing and marketing all edible and decorative horticultural crops, allied research, education and consultancy. It also includes those working in associated supply industries and students taking their first steps into horticulture.

The Institute runs an annual Young Horticulturist of the Year competition and is involved with Grow Careers, a non profit initiative set up with a group of influential organisations to inform people about horticultural careers and the range of fantastic opportunities on offer.