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Careers in Horticulture

The Irish horticultural industry is an important economic sector in Ireland; the sector encompasses vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, flower bulbs, trees, mushrooms and protected crops. Within these sub-sectors, Teagasc research and development support this modern, progressive and dynamic sector in meeting the challenges ahead and capitalising on the opportunities of the future. This has culminated in a sector output valued at 350m farm gate. We work directly with all the sectors to advance their research agendas and meet the development needs as outlined in Food Wise 2025 and the Teagasc Statement of Strategy.

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Introduction

Overview of the Horticulture Industry

Horticulture is the art and science of the cultivation of plants.

In 2017 the farmgate value of Horticultural output was €433m. The key crops in the Food Horticulture sector include Mushrooms, Potatoes, Field Vegetables, Outdoor Fruit and Protected Crops which have a combined value of €379m. The key crops in the Amenity Horticulture sector include Nursery Stock Production, Protected Flowers/Ornamentals, Christmas Trees, Cut Foliage and Bulbs which have a total value of €63m.

The key market for the Horticultural Industry is the domestic market. The main outlet for fresh produce is the domestic retail market which is valued at €1.54bn. The other notable outlet for fresh produce is the foodservice sector which is valued at €396m at wholesale prices.

The top 10 vegetable crops (including salad lines) purchased in the retail market in value terms are Tomato (€112m); Carrots (€63m); Peppers (€58m); Mushrooms (€56m); Broccoli (€33m); Onions (€33m);  Lettuce (€30m); Cucumbers (€17m); Cabbage (€16m);  Spring Onion (€10m) – 75% value of the vegetable sector of the market (source: Kantar Worldpanel).

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Horticulture

Education for Horticulture Industry

The Horticulture Industry employs people with a wide range of skills and qualifications. People with anything from IT to Accountancy find employment in the sector. However this page will concentrate on the education paths for those looking to get into the core areas of the business.

Courses in Horticulture

Level 8 Degrees
Horticulture is the art, science, technology and business of plant cultivation for human use. If you like biology or other science subjects, or you’re interested in business studies, home economics or languages, then this course may be for you.
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Level 7 Degrees
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Apprenticeships
At the moment there is no apprenticeship option but work is being done in this area and it is hoped that an announcement may be made in 2020.
Internship in Organic
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Other Websites and Materials

Professional Organisation
We are the professional voice for horticulture, 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.
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Publications
Stepping Stones to a Career in Horticulture
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Trade Website
Growtrade is published online by Mediateam Ltd the team that organises Ireland’s leading horticulture trade show GLAS and the publishers of The Irish Garden magazine.
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Colleges of Horticulture

College of Amenity Horticulture

The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, 5km north west of the city centre and is accessible by the 4, 9 and 83 buses.

Having our college located in the National Botanic Gardens provides students with a unique training opportunity. There is a strong tradition of training at the National Botanic Gardens dating back to 1812.

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Kildalton
Kildalton is the largest Teagasc college. It is a leading provider of training in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine Studies. Close links have been developed with the local Institute of Technology in Waterford (WIT) making the college a progressive learning facility in the South East. There are over 500 students currently registered on courses at Kildalton College.
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The Organic College
We are a small college of about 60 students situated in the town of Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick, Ireland. We are dedicated to providing quality courses in organic growing and sustainability.
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Students Stories of Horticulture Education

Professional Organisation
There are several videos available here. Take a look at some of the student accounts of their experience of Horticulture Education.
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Publications
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Career Avenues in Horticulture

Floriculture – This area of horticulture focuses on the cultivation of flowers (cut and potted) and foliage. Flower arrangement also fall under this header.

Pomology – If you love to eat delicious fruit, then pomology may interest you. This branch of horticulture revolves around production and cultivation of fruit crops.

Nursery/Plant Propagation – The development and dissemination of plant seeds, shrubs, trees, ornamental plants, and ground covering is the focus of this area of horticulture. Typically these plants are used in landscaping or interior plantscaping projects.

Landscape Horticulture – Ever wonder who develops those beautiful parks and indoor garden environments? Landscape horticulturists design, construct, and take care of landscapes in homes, businesses, and public areas. They choose plants for their aesthetic appeal and practicality and arrange them in ways that are pleasing and conform to the needs of their clients.

Commercial horticulture involves the growing and selling of food crops and ornamental plants. In the area of food production it is the horticulturist who faces the challenge of growing the fruit and the vegetables that we eat. The Department of Agriculture reports that growing potatoes and mushrooms are currently the two biggest areas of employment in this sector. Producing these crops is a very technical business, involving automated systems, controlled using state of the art computer technology, alongside traditional skills. Commercial horticulture includes floristry and retail horticulture too.

Amenity Horticulture includes gardening, landscaping, designing and a whole lot more. It starts with the design and construction of recreational areas. These can be parks, nature reserves, wildlife gardens, and roadside plantings, amongst other designed landscapes. Amenity areas can be public, as with local authority parks, and roadside plantings, so important to wildlife. They can also be private, as in stately homes, apartment complexes and so on.

See other sections for more information on each area and many examples of the sector.

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Horticulture Videos

There are lots horticulture related videos on YouTube. We have collected a few on this page but you can see many more here

Teagasc
Kildalton College
Botanic Gardens and WIT
Teagasc Horticulture Student
Teagasc Horticulture Student
Botanic Gardens Student
Landscape Enterprise
Propogation and Trees Enterprise
Grass Turf Enterprise
Fruit & Vegetable Enterprise

Horticulture Websites

Bulbs

Introduction to Bulb Growing Sector

The average bulb grower in Holland sells almost $200,000 worth of bulbs every year, most to cut flower growers who use the bulbs for growing flowers, then toss them out and buy new ones the next year. The Dutch bulb growers have found flower bulbs are one of the most profitable plants.

Flower bulbs are one of the best crops for the speciality flower grower who is growing for market. Besides being easy to grow, most bulbs multiply rapidly with proper care. “Bulb” is a general term used to describe both true bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, and other underground food storehouses called corms (crocus), rhizomes (iris) and tubers.
 

Examples of Bulb Growing Sector

With 15 years experience in the flower and bulb industry, growing and supplying both flowers and bulbs to the Irish, European and International Markets, Beechill Bulbs is home to all your bulb requirements. Established in 2008, we currently provide Ireland’s largest range of Daffodils, Tulips, and other Autumn and Spring planting bulbs, most of which are Irish grown and 100% disease free.
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We are a Waterford-based business specialising in growing Daffodil and Tulip bulbs of the highest quality. We grow and pack all our own Daffodils and Tulips, and also carry a full range of other Autumn bulbs to ensure we can offer our customers a wide range of choice.
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Christmas Trees

Introduction to Christmas Tree Sector

The Christmas tree industry contributes €25m to the Irish economy, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

With 7-10 years of work going into producing a good quality Christmas tree,  the quality of Christmas trees produced in Ireland has increased significantly in recent years. This improvement is due to increased expertise being employed to manage and prepare trees for more discerning customers.

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Thinking of getting into the Christmas tree business?

Christmas trees—unlike most crops—take much longer than a single season to reach maturity. “Christmas trees can take eight to 10 years from planting until harvest,” says Tom Harbinson, facilities & hospitality manager of the Jones Family Farms and Winery in Shelton, Conn. “That is a long-term commitment to the crop that a farmer should be aware of going into it.”

Historically, farmers often chose imperfect fields for growing Christmas trees, but if you want to give your trees the best start in life, choose a field with well-drained soil. Christmas trees won’t grow well in wet conditions. And though it’s easy to think that the trees will simply grow themselves without any maintenance, that isn’t the case.

“It is a crop that does still need care, such as pruning and shaping—making sure a single leader points upward to eventually hold a star or angel for a family’s tradition—as well as being aware of diseases that can attack and diminish a tree,” Harbinson says. Each tree must be sheared every summer once they have reached 3 years of age and roughly 5 feet in height to ensure that the branches grow thickly and form a beautiful Christmas tree shape.

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Examples of Christmas Tree Sector

Our plantation, set up in 2003 is a family owned business. Every year we plant thousands of non shed trees mainly of Noble fir and Nordmann fir where it can take up to 12 years to achieve just 6 ft. We are also involved in Forestry with over 25 years of experience. As a grower in Ireland our team will try to maximize in producing a high quality crop. This involves hard work all year round from winter pruning, planting to harvesting. From winter to summer months our team will take care of pruning, shearing, bud picking and fertilizer to meet our clients needs.
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We have been growing Christmas trees in Kerry for the past 25 years and pride ourselves on quality. All our trees are non-shedding. Most of our current customers have been with us since we started out and much new business is referrals. This has given us a good understanding of the demands of both the wholesale and retail markets. Out goal is to build up a long term relationship with our customers and provide a consistent and quality service.
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Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association

Ireland’s maritime climate provides idea conditions for the growing of top quality Christmas trees. The Irish Christmas Tree Growers represents those growers who are committed to producing trees to the highest standards and in an environmentally sustainable and professional manner.
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Environment

Introduction to Environment and Horticulture

The environment is an important part of everyday life. There are many things that can improve the world we live in.  One way that people can contribute to improving our habitat is with gardening. Gardening has numerous benefits to the economy. Planting seeds to produce food allows for an increase in productivity in local communities. Large gardens that grow food will increase the supply of produce in grocery store chains. It allows individuals to shop and purchase products that are fresh and healthy for their families. Here are a few ways that the process of gardening can increase the health of the environment.

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Examples of Environment and Horticulture

Our plantation, set up in 2003 is a family owned business. Every year we plant thousands of non shed trees mainly of Noble fir and Nordmann fir where it can take up to 12 years to achieve just 6 ft. We are also involved in Forestry with over 25 years of experience. As a grower in Ireland our team will try to maximize in producing a high quality crop. This involves hard work all year round from winter pruning, planting to harvesting. From winter to summer months our team will take care of pruning, shearing, bud picking and fertilizer to meet our clients needs.
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We have been growing Christmas trees in Kerry for the past 25 years and pride ourselves on quality. All our trees are non-shedding. Most of our current customers have been with us since we started out and much new business is referrals. This has given us a good understanding of the demands of both the wholesale and retail markets. Out goal is to build up a long term relationship with our customers and provide a consistent and quality service.
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Ireland’s maritime climate provides idea conditions for the growing of top quality Christmas trees. The Irish Christmas Tree Growers represents those growers who are committed to producing trees to the highest standards and in an environmentally sustainable and professional manner.
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Forestry

Introduction to Forestry Sector

Coillte are privileged to be custodians of 7% of Ireland’s land. Our forests and land now extend to over 440,000 hectares. Over the last 30 years, we have cared for and developed our estate and businesses while being firmly focused on maximising the financial and social potential of these natural resources in a sustainable way.

Ireland was left with very few native tree species following the Ice Age and a changing climate. Over the centuries, Ireland experienced a near-total destruction of its forests mainly because of human activity and a deterioration of the climate: from an initial forest cover of around 80% to less than 1%. Ireland is the only country in Europe where such complete forest destruction took place.

The forests of Ireland are very diverse, ranging from commercial plantations to native woodlands, to trees and woods in and around our towns and cities. The range of benefits from Ireland’s forest cover is also diverse, extending beyond basic timber production to encompass employment, bio-diversity, wildlife conservation, environmental protection, rural development, carbon sequestration, amenity and recreation, and tourism. Although considerable overlap does occur, the forests of Ireland can be roughly divided into five basic types: upland and peatland forests; farm forests; native woodlands; amenity forests; and urban forests.

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Examples of the Forestry Sector

ForestryFocus.ie gives an introduction to Ireland’s trees, forests and woodlands. Covering all aspects of forestry it gives the reader an easy to understand overview of the Irish forestry sector, while at the same time, providing access to more detailed information on topics such as trees species, growing forests, wood processing and the public goods and services that our forests provide.
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FII brings together companies from across the forestry and timber supply chain, from forest owners and forestry companies, to timber processors, wood product manufacturers, and renewable energy producers. With a combined turnover of over €800 million, the industry is a major player in the rural and national economies. Our companies take pride in the high-quality employment we provide and the sustainable products we deliver.
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The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) was formed in 1977 to support the development and expansion of private sector forestry in Ireland and to represent and inform woodland owners. The mandate of the Association is to promote forestry and sustainable forest management practices to ensure that private forest plantations achieve their maximum potential.
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Land cover plays a key role in providing living space, food, water, energy and recreational opportunities. In terms of land use there has been a significant net removal of carbon, in recent years, primarily due to an increase in forest area.
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The Tree Council of Ireland is a non-governmental voluntary organisation that was set up in 1985 as an umbrella body for organisations involved in planting, management and conservation of trees. Our mission statement is to foster a tree culture in Ireland through action and awareness.
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None So Hardy [Forestry] Ltd is a privately owned Irish company specialising in the growing and supplying of first class forestry plants to the Irish forestry market. Our nurseries are based on 530 acres of land situated at Donishall and Ballymurn in Co. Wexford. Sales, administration and distribution for both nurseries is from the company base in Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow.
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Floristry

Introduction to Floristry and Interior Landscaping Sector

Over recent decades cut flower growing has experienced rapid expansion in increasingly affluent countries. This has resulted in an increased demand for training in the skills and knowledge required by the industry. The online course provides a thorough basic training for the commercial cut flower grower.
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The purpose of this website is to inform readers about STH in Ireland, increase recognition of the profession in Ireland, and provide a space for networking and sharing of practice among members of the organisation.
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The Teagasc College in the National Botanic Gardens, in conjunction with WIT, offers a BSc in Horticulture and in year 3 our students can opt for an elective in interior landscaping and floristry.
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Teagasc training at the National Botanic Gardens and KildaltonInterior landscaping is a relative new concept of indoor gardening in the form of interior gardens; potted plants and green walls (house plants, growing in specially designed irrigated vertical structures). Research has proven that there are many benefits to using plants in a commercial setting, ranging from health benefits (they clean the air), psychological benefits (calming effect on people) and financial benefits for the company (reduced sick leave, so better output).Students learn about the different house plants, their care and what location indoors suits those best. This is achieved through IDs, lectures, site visits and assignments.For the Floristry-element of this subject, students get hands on experience of preparing and conditioning flowers and foliage and putting together many different arrangements, such as wedding bouquets, hand ties and funeral sheaf’s.

Links in the Floristry Sector

Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board

Customers around the globe recognise that Irish food and drink is world-class; that it is high quality, distinctive, and made by a diverse range of creative producers from a unique and fortuitous island location. Our purpose is to bring Ireland’s outstanding food, drink and horticulture to the world, thus enabling growth and sustainability of producers.
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Landtech Soils

In keeping with modern trends and technological development in this sector, Landtech Soils has continued to evolve and is now focused on the provision of Urban Greening Solutions. We now produce, supply and install a wide range of high technology based green roof and green wall systems which provide urban areas with new habits for improved biodiversity.
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Flowers by Moira

Our experienced team of designers will create a gorgeous floral arrangement that is sure to express your true feelings through your beautifully presented bouquet or arrangement to create an atmosphere through scent,visual pleasure & artistic creation.
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Richard Haslam

Here you will find information on Richard, his style of work, his weddings, workshops, demonstrations and training programmes.
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Fruit

Introduction to Fruit Sector

Ireland’s growers produce about 8000 tonnes of fresh strawberries per year worth an estimated 43 million Euro. The English cultivar ‘Malling Centenary’ is the most popular cultivar grown. The Dutch cultivar ‘Elsanta’ had been the most popular cultivar grown for the 40 years. Protected strawberry production is now the mainstay of the soft fruit industry in Ireland. Protective cropping has a number of distinct advantages for the grower including;

  • allowing for the supply of fruit outside the traditional short season of June and July.
  • Fruit quality is much higher, which is demanded by the consumer today.

Strawberries can now be supplied, and are in demand from March right through to November. To meet this demand many growers use a combination of growing systems

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Examples of the Fruit Sector

The Burren Flower Farm is owned and run by Sarah Wall. It consists of a small field, nestled within an 18 acre property, in the heart of the Burren, Co. Clare. We grow and supply exquisite cut flowers locally. Whether it’s for weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, business events or simply to say “thank you,” our flowers can help transform your space and let that special someone know you truly care.
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Training and Education for Fruit Business

Teagasc training

QQI Level 5 students are introduced to fruit production by covering the following crops (soft fruit, canned fruit, bush fruit and top fruit to name but a few). Both indoor and outdoor fruit crops are being covered at this level.

Within the orchard in Kildalton and in the fruit & veg garden in Ashtown which have all the fruits listed above, students’ get hands on experience a half day per week on practical skills like pruning, planting, erecting supports. The theory of growing each crop is covered and the outline of the industry as a whole. Students also visit growers to enhance their knowledge on crops and machinery.

Students get exposed to all elements of crop production, from soil preparation, crop spacing, supports, weed, and pest and disease controls by cultural & in the use of IPM.
QQI Advanced level 6 students specialise in mainly two subject areas:

• Market Gardening where all students get the chance to build on their knowledge from QQI level 5. This is a very extensive module both fruit and vegetables are covered with all growing procedures from soils, ploughing, tilling, planting, and fertilizing. Students are also encouraged to set up a maintenance programme for each crop covered.

• Horticultural Production Mechanisation is delivered to all students that take this module this will broaden their knowledge in machinery use and maintenance. Covering the use of a plough and tilling equipment.

At degree level 7

• Year 1 Horticultural skills, Plant protection, and Horticulture Mechanisation & Safety.
• Year 2 Sustainable food Production.
• Year 3 students can do a project on an area of their choice, so if they have specialised in food production and Mechanisation stream they can develop their knowledge more by completing a research project in this area.

Practical/PLP

All students undertake placement throughout the programs we offers for example:
QQI Level 5 Students they could have the choice to go to an OPW walled garden in the Phoenix park or Fruit and veg walled garden in National Botanic gardens or they can go on a 4 week placement with a registered grower.

Garden Centres

Introduction to Garden Centres

Garden centres are very traditional businesses. The combination of a wide product range and expert advice is appealing to customers, particularly those looking to undertake a significant project such as garden renovation.

Starting a garden centre will require a mix of skills. Firstly you’ll need strong business skills such as accounting, knowledge of profit and loss, awareness of cash flow and marketing and PR. As well as these general business skills, you’ll need a strong horticultural and industry background/knowledge, including:

  • Knowledge of plants, their characteristics and care requirements
  • Understanding of garden design including what flowers and plants go together
  • DIY knowledge to help customers with project requirements such as decking.
  • Knowledge of water features and components e.g. pumps, filters, chemicals
  • Plant Diseases frequently bring customers in for some expert advice.
  • Treating bug infestations, both on flowers and plants and in buildings
  • How to grow fruits and vegetables successfully, including ‘alternative’ methods such as organic farming

Modern Garden centres are not confined to just selling plants but may have a wide range of business areas.

  • Food
  • Advice
  • Expertise
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • Non Plant retail lines

Examples of Garden Centres

Each of our four Garden Centres offers a wide selection of quality gardening and lifestyle products backed up by knowledgeable, helpful staff. Our customers trust us to help them make important gardening choices and we repay them with dependable, jargon-free advice and excellent product guarantees.
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A guaranteed gardening and lifestyle experience, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, is a family run business. With dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the business we have established ourselves as one of Ireland’s leading garden centres.
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Griffins is a destination garden centre started over 32 years ago from a green field site in scenic Dripsey, Co. Cork (15 mins from Ballincollig & Blarney). It is now one of the most awarded and successful garden centres in the country, winning Garden Centre of the Year three times as well as Retail Excellence Ireland and Gael-Taca awards.
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The current Orchard Home & Garden site was once part of the vast St. Wolstan’s estate. Originally, the site housed a five acre walled Victorian orchard which provided fresh fruit and vegetables for the larger houses on the estate. Surrounded by tall, brick-built wall incorporating an ingenious system for protecting delicate plants from the frost damage, there are still hearths to be seen in the remaining original walls where fires where lit, from which hot air flowed through special air cavities, warming the bricks and radiating heat out over the orchard.
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Established in 1987, we are a family owned and operated Tree and shrub Nursery managed by Laura Shaw. Here at Longford Nurseries and Garden Centre we pride ourselves on offering a personalised service to all our customers.
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We are a well established, well known, family run business, having been on our present site since 1990, with a reputation for value, convenience and quality. Set in an attractive rural setting we are easily accessible just off the N30 south of Enniscorthy.
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John and Elsie Clarke founded Johnstown Garden Centre in August 1974, on a greenfield site in the quaint Norman village of Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare in Ireland. The Centre has continued to expand, most recently in 2013 and 2014 and now comprises Ireland’s largest plant selection and Garden Store in a bright airy modern shopping environment, a 200 seat café and Café Gardens and very extensive car and coach parking.
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Fernhill Garden Centre is a family run business that was established in 1978 by the Reid Family. It has developed and grown rapidly in the past 10 years to become recognised as one of Ireland’s leading Garden Centre and Landscape Contractors. Fernhill Prides itself on quality and value of its services and product range with exceptional attention to detail in delivery of these services.
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Garden Design

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.
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A guaranteed gardening and lifestyle experience, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, is a family run business. With dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the business we have established ourselves as one of Ireland’s leading garden centres.
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Examples of Garden Centres

Each of our four Garden Centres offers a wide selection of quality gardening and lifestyle products backed up by knowledgeable, helpful staff. Our customers trust us to help them make important gardening choices and we repay them with dependable, jargon-free advice and excellent product guarantees.
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A guaranteed gardening and lifestyle experience, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, is a family run business. With dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the business we have established ourselves as one of Ireland’s leading garden centres.
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Griffins is a destination garden centre started over 32 years ago from a green field site in scenic Dripsey, Co. Cork (15 mins from Ballincollig & Blarney). It is now one of the most awarded and successful garden centres in the country, winning Garden Centre of the Year three times as well as Retail Excellence Ireland and Gael-Taca awards.
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The current Orchard Home & Garden site was once part of the vast St. Wolstan’s estate. Originally, the site housed a five acre walled Victorian orchard which provided fresh fruit and vegetables for the larger houses on the estate. Surrounded by tall, brick-built wall incorporating an ingenious system for protecting delicate plants from the frost damage, there are still hearths to be seen in the remaining original walls where fires where lit, from which hot air flowed through special air cavities, warming the bricks and radiating heat out over the orchard.
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Established in 1987, we are a family owned and operated Tree and shrub Nursery managed by Laura Shaw. Here at Longford Nurseries and Garden Centre we pride ourselves on offering a personalised service to all our customers.
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We are a well established, well known, family run business, having been on our present site since 1990, with a reputation for value, convenience and quality. Set in an attractive rural setting we are easily accessible just off the N30 south of Enniscorthy.
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John and Elsie Clarke founded Johnstown Garden Centre in August 1974, on a greenfield site in the quaint Norman village of Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare in Ireland. The Centre has continued to expand, most recently in 2013 and 2014 and now comprises Ireland’s largest plant selection and Garden Store in a bright airy modern shopping environment, a 200 seat café and Café Gardens and very extensive car and coach parking.
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Fernhill Garden Centre is a family run business that was established in 1978 by the Reid Family. It has developed and grown rapidly in the past 10 years to become recognised as one of Ireland’s leading Garden Centre and Landscape Contractors. Fernhill Prides itself on quality and value of its services and product range with exceptional attention to detail in delivery of these services.
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Horticultural Therapy

Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Sector

Horticultural therapy (or therapeutic horticulture) is the engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. The visual aesthetics of plants are known to elicit feelings of inner peace, which generates positive emotions toward a meaningful appreciation of life. Direct contact with plants guides the individual’s focus away from stress enhancing their overall quality of life.

Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills.

Course in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture – TU Dublin

Course in Therapeutic Horticulture – Organic Centre

Courses in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture – Thrive UK

Becoming a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner – Horticulture Connected

Horticulture Therapy Courses – learning cloud

Examples of Horticulture Therapy

We offer a variety of training and education opportunities, both online and offline, ranging from introductory workshops to our extended learning opportunity.
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The purpose of this website is to inform readers about STH in Ireland, increase recognition of the profession in Ireland, and provide a space for networking and sharing of practice among members of the organisation.
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Videos on Horticultural Therapy

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Interior Landscaping

Introduction to Floristry and Interior Landscaping Sector

Over recent decades cut flower growing has experienced rapid expansion in increasingly affluent countries. This has resulted in an increased demand for training in the skills and knowledge required by the industry. The online course provides a thorough basic training for the commercial cut flower grower.
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The purpose of this website is to inform readers about STH in Ireland, increase recognition of the profession in Ireland, and provide a space for networking and sharing of practice among members of the organisation.
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The Teagasc College in the National Botanic Gardens, in conjunction with WIT, offers a BSc in Horticulture and in year 3 our students can opt for an elective in interior landscaping and floristry.
Heathrow Airport
Danske Bank
Richard Haslam
Teagasc training at the National Botanic Gardens and KildaltonInterior landscaping is a relative new concept of indoor gardening in the form of interior gardens; potted plants and green walls (house plants, growing in specially designed irrigated vertical structures). Research has proven that there are many benefits to using plants in a commercial setting, ranging from health benefits (they clean the air), psychological benefits (calming effect on people) and financial benefits for the company (reduced sick leave, so better output).Students learn about the different house plants, their care and what location indoors suits those best. This is achieved through IDs, lectures, site visits and assignments.For the Floristry-element of this subject, students get hands on experience of preparing and conditioning flowers and foliage and putting together many different arrangements, such as wedding bouquets, hand ties and funeral sheaf’s.

Landscaping

Introduction to Landscape Sector

Landscape Contractors carry out a variety of landscaping works for private, commercial and public authority clients. These include the design and construction of gardens and public spaces, hard (driveways, walls, stone work, patios, paving, etc) and soft (lawn installation, planting) landscaping,  the maintenance of landscapes and grounds (grass & hedge cutting, weeding, etc), and more specialist services such as tree planting and care, water features, outdoor lighting.

The branch of horticulture which deals with the art and knowledge of development and plantation  of ornamental plants by arranging them in such manner with the existing plants and structures to beautify a place maintain natural scenery, maybe called landscape horticulture.

On the other hand, landscaping may be defined as the use of plants outdoors to fulfil aesthetic and functional purposes. The term is identified with the outdoors, even though plants can be used to accomplish similar objectives indoors.

Landscaping is an activity in which beauty as well as function, may be determined by the customer.

To one person, landscaping may mean a couple of fruit trees or just plants on the property. To another customer, plants in the landscape must not only be careful selected but also strategically arranged. A beautiful home or an institution with well  landscaped ground not only increase the value of the property but also increase the usefulness of the property.

The area of amenity horticulture is a vast area, it includes many facets of horticulture from design, fruit and vegetable production, plant identification, plant propagation, soil science and growing media, these all are essential for working in Amenity horticulture.

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.

Plant Identification
Historical Gardens
Plant Propagation
Ground Maintenance
The National Trust
Biodiversity
Teagasc training at the Botanic gardens
Training in Kildalton

The Level 5 course delivered at the Botanic gardens offers a wonderful foundation to students embarking on a career in horticulture. Our students spend one to two days a week working in both private and public gardens/parks; here they have a great opportunity to work alongside craft gardeners who teach our students essential skills required to become a manger or gardener in the relevant areas of choice. Excellent experience working with some of the best gardeners in the country.

Garden and parks supervision is a component of a the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture(Landscaping), all elements learnt in Level 5  such as Plant ID and Use, Biodiversity and the natural environment, Plant propagation, Soil science and growing media, Plant Protection, Landscape construction and maintenance, Garden design will feed directly into this module. During the year at the college the students will be able to learn what is involved in the management of a park or garden through visits to private and public estates and meeting the managers.

Practical/PLP:

Within all our courses students undertake placements, many students working in the parks and gardens have gained valuable experience working alongside passionate gardeners who have shared generously there knowledge all  the day to day workings of their profession.

Examples of Landscape Sector

As a successful nationwide business, Peter O’Brien and Sons Landscaping LTD are always looking for talented, experienced, professional and hard-working individuals to join our team. We have been delivering world-class landscapes for well over half a century and it says a lot about our staff ethos some members of our team have been with us for over 40 years.
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The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI) was founded in 1971 as a representative body for the landscape sector. From its inception it has endeavoured to improve the quality and standards in the landscape industry in Ireland and is today the leading professional body for landscape contractors with over 150 members across its Northern and Southern Regions.
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SAP is the only Irish Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance company with dedicated horticultural professionals and H&S experts to ensure we meet all requirements of your company. We offer a One Stop Shop for all landscaping requirements including design, construction and complete aftercare.
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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.
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For over 20 years Noel Dempsey Landscaping has been involved in the design, landscaping and maintenance of private gardens and open spaces in Dublin and its surrounding counties.
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In business for over 30 years, Avondale Landscapes specialise in award-winning commercial and domestic landscaping across Ireland. Our qualified Horticulturist and experienced installation team specialise in constructing large-scale commercial projects, sports ground construction, and residential housing landscapes, through to domestic garden design, planting, and landscape maintenance.
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Castleview Landscapes is an award winning design and landscaping business based in O’Callaghan’s Mills, Co Clare, covering counties Clare, Limerick, Galway and Tipperary.
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Cropcare is a leading supplier to the fine turf industry and sports fields. It provides a range of specialist fertilisers, seeds, pesticides, protective workwear, line-marking paint and equipment, coupled with a consultative backup.
Cropcare prides itself on its comprehensive product range, excellent service and technical backup. Cropcare’s philosophy is to prosper from helping course managers bring their courses to perfection.
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We are producers and suppliers of; Laurel, Escallonia, Griselinia, Bay Laurel, Portuguese Laurel and Holly Evergreen Hedging, as well as; Beech, Hornbeam, Dogwood, and Willow Deciduous Hedging. We also produce a range of Evergreen and Deciduous Trees. All of the above are carried out from our 20 acre Nursery premises on the outskirts of historic Oulart village in the heart of rural County Wexford, Ireland.
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John Anderson (Keeper Windsor Great Park) With over 4,800 acres for you to explore at Windsor Great Park you will discover a Royal history spanning over 1,000 years, including – historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays, as well as rare wildlife, plants and fungi.
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