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Landscape Gardener

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Gardeners are responsible for the care of public and private parks and gardens. They plant and care for trees, shrubs, flower beds and lawns, and may also look after other open spaces, such as sportsfields, Future Growth Strong roadside verges, and the garden areas surrounding buildings. They carry out general maintenance of these areas, which may involve laying turf, cutting grass, trimming hedges, and keeping specific areas tidy and free of weeds. They may construct fencing, lay pathways and reticulation, and may even carry out concreting or brickwork.


ANZSCO description: Plants, cultivates and maintains parks and gardens.

Alternative names: Horticultural Worker

Specialisations: Landscape Gardener, Nursery Assistant

Gardener examining plant
(Source: NZ Govt)

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Gardeners need:

  • to have a love of nature and the outdoors

  • physical fitness and the ability to undertake manual labour

  • knowledge about plants and the environment

  • good organisational skills

  • to be practical and have good problem-solving skills

  • the ability to operate light machinery or heavy vehicles.


Working conditions

Gardeners work outside all year round in hot, cold, dry, wet and windy conditions. They may also spend time in glasshouses or nurseries, and may occasionally work from an office. They often handle plants, soil and manures, and their work is often dirty. They usually only work during daylight hours.

Tools and technologies

Gardeners use tools, such as shovels, spades, pitchforks and hoes. They may also use gardening-related light machinery, such as hedge trimmers, rotavators, mowers, leafblowers and chainsaws. They are sometimes required to treat plants with chemicals and sprays, and may need to wear protective clothing.


Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a gardener without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in horticulture.

The Certificate II and III in Horticulture or Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens) are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

You can also complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. The horticulture traineeship takes 12 months to complete and is available as a school-based traineeship.

The gardener apprenticeship takes 36 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.



Did You Know?

Industry Jargon

COTTAGE GARDEN
Informal garden containing flowering plants, often alongside herbs and vegetable patches. These typically require regular watering, putting them out of favour in drought-affected parts of Australia.

Cottage Garden

(Source: ABC)

NATIVE GARDEN
Comprising indigenous plants adapted to Australian conditions, native gardens require less watering than cottage gardens, and are popular due to water restrictions.

Native Garden

(Source: Australian Outdoor Living)

WATER RESTRICTIONS
Water restrictions are introduced gradually, depending on degree of water depletion in key catchment areas. Adherence relies on householder goodwill and neighbourly monitoring.
(Source: IBISWorld)


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