Horticultural Careers Afternoon

Wednesday 19th February 2014 (1pm – 5pm)
at SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

An afternoon of short presentations and seminars by a range of horticulturists, covering a broad variety of careers areas, experience and advice. Aimed at anybody who is interested in a career, or further developing their career in horticulture.

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About the Event

Who is the event aimed at?

  • Anyone interested in starting a career in horticulture
  • Students on horticulture courses
  • Anyone already in horticulture wishing to progress their career
  • Anyone with qualifications / experience in another area wanting to apply these to horticulture
  • Career advisers

GROWcareers covers careers advice in horticulture under the following headings:

  • Plant science and technology
  • Arts and design
  • Business, production and food
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Sports, leisure and green space
  • Health and wellbeing
  • http://www.growcareers.info/

Speakers and Seminar Leaders:

  • Practicing horticulturists from across the industry
  • Horticulture education providers

Stands and Exhibits

  • Horticultural professional societies
  • Colleges and training providers
  • Industry

Provisional Programme - Session A

1pm Arrival. Meet at SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) and walk to Swann Lecture Theatre, King's Buildings.

1.30pm Welcome.

A programme of short talks will follow, delivered by industry experts and practitioners:

  • Introduction to the Grow Careers initiative and why a career in horticulture is “cool”
  • Botanic gardens and conservation
  • Arboriculture
  • Production horticulture: food production
  • Horticultural science and research
  • Landscaping
  • Retail
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Ornamental plant production
  • Career enhancements – building show gardens, benefits of joining the Institute of Horticulture (IoH)

3.30pm Coffee Break and return to the SRUC building.


Provisional Programme - Session B

4.00pm Seminar sessions.

Attendees spilt out into and rotate around, break out groups. All attendees to rotate to two of the seven seminars for different areas of horticulture (30 minutes each). At each seminar, experienced horticulturists will share their views and take questions on careers in their sectors.

  • Group 1: Botanic & Historic Gardens, Heritage & Conservation
  • Group 2: Landscape architecture and garden design
  • Group 3: Commercial crop production & food, Ornamental production, Science and technology
  • Group 4: Landscaping, landscape  management, Sport, Leisure & Green Space, Arboriculture
  • Group 5: Business & Commerce, Plant Retailing
  • Group 6: Health and well-being, Horticultural therapy, Community gardening
  • Group 7: Apprenticeships and work-based learning

5.00pm Closing address.