Careers in Horticulture

Careers information on the many areas of Irish Horticulture

Careers in Horticulture

Careers information on the many areas of Irish Horticulture

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Introduction to Garden Design

Garden design is the art and process of designing and creating plans for layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Garden design may be done by the garden owner themselves, or by professionals of varying levels of experience and expertise. Most professional garden designers have some training in horticulture and the principles of design. Some are also landscape architects, a more formal level of training that usually requires an advanced degree and often a state license.

Value to the economy

This market has two elements, domestic services and commercial services. It is estimated that the domestic services market will be worth a total of €136m in the year ending December 2018, which would represent an increase of almost 10% on the estimated value of €124m for 2016. There are four main service type categories in this market and their estimated values for 2018 are Garden Design €17m, Garden Maintenance €52m, Garden Makeover €38 and Tree Surgeon €30m. The commercial landscaping services market had attained a recorded level of about €800m before the recession. It is now estimated to have recovered to about €500m and is growing annually. (Bord Bia)


Garden Design Academy of Ireland

Our courses have been carefully designed to provide an up-to-date and practical educational experience to ensure that you are primed to succeed upon graduation.

The GLDA is Ireland’s association of professional garden designers, horticulturists and landscape architects. Individual members provide garden and landscape design services nationwide. Every Full Member is assessed by an external panel of professionals, made up of experts from the design, horticultural and academic sides of the profession.

Teagasc training

Level 5: Garden Design

Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture and Kildalton College provides a module in Garden Design as part of their QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture. Garden design module will equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to devise basic garden designs using the principles of design.

Yasmin Bonner – Teagasc Horticulture Student –


Level 6: Landscape design & Construction Stream

The level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture provides students with the opportunity to specialise in landscape stream including design & construction modules. Video Level 6 design site visits 2019/2020…


Level 7: Landscape design

This is a three-year, full-time BSc in horticulture which consists of lectures, integrated practical skills, projects and an industry placement. The course is run in partnership with the Waterford Institute of Technology. All components of the course are delivered and examined in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and Teagasc Ashtown or in Kildalton College. Students will have an opportunity to specialise in a particular area and perfect new skills with a practical learning period either in Ireland or abroad. In the second year of the course students can undertake a module specialising in Landscape Design. Watch this video our student Holly speaks about the course

Study horticulture with WIT

More information on Education for the Horticulture Industry here …