- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- sensitivity and understanding
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to work well with your hands
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- discussing clients’ needs
- working from plans made by garden designers or landscape architects
- ordering supplies
- preparing the ground or interior space
- turfing and seeding lawns
- planting and pruning trees and shrubs
- putting in new plants
- installing features like paving, paths, water features and rock gardens
- advising the client on how to look after the space
- providing on-going maintenance
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a garden, at a client's business, at a client's home or at a garden centre.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
In larger firms, you could progress to a supervisory or management position. With experience, you could become a self-employed contractor.
You could also move into a teaching role.