Horticulture is a part of the agrifood industry and covers plants, parks and gardens - that is, everything related to plants, grass and other greenlife. This sector employs around 80,000 people in production (such as turf farming, floriculture and nurseries), landscape gardening, parks and gardens maintenance (like greenkeeping, turf management and arboriculture) and retail (nurseries, florists).

We offer trade and non-trade training for the horticulture and floristry industries from Certificate II or III (including apprenticeships and traineeships) up to management level Diploma qualifications. We also offer a range of specialist short courses for community and home gardens.

Ryde is one of the largest horticulture training centres in the world, set in 25 acres of beautifully landscapes gardens with facilities including computerised glasshouses, landscape design studios, a full size cricket pitch, golf green and a bowling green.

A look at the facts...

  • The 'greening' of inner city buildings will provide scope for supplying niche landscaping services for the establishment of rooftop gardens, vertical gardens and accompanying infrastructure.
  • With a Gross Value of Production of over $9 billion, horticulture is one of the fastest growing industries under agriculture.
  • The floristry industry is predicted to grow over the next five years with revenue reaching $1 billion. Employment opportunities for florists will also grow.

(Source: IBIS World; Hortstats)

A career in horticulture

Possible job roles include:

  • arborist
  • floriculturist
  • florist
  • greenkeeper
  • horticulturist
  • landscape architect
  • landscape gardener
  • nursery attendant
  • nursery tradeperson
  • groundsperson
  • landscape designer
  • sports turf manager
  • irrigation installer
  • irrigation tradesperson
  • parks and gardens tradesperson

Study and career pathways

There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.

Our Counselling and Career Services will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.