Gardening can be hard, physical work. You'll have to enjoy being outdoors, no matter what the weather and be willing to get dirty. The work hours are often flexible and that can mean starting at 5:30 in the morning some days and finishing at 9:30 at night on others, all depending on the project. Often Garden and Nursery Labourers work in groups or lead teams on a project, so its necessary to enjoy team work and to have very good communication skills. Public relations is an important part of the job for Garden and Nursery Labourers at King's Park and other popular parks and gardens. They need to be well acquainted with the park's flora, so they can assist in answering any questions posed to them by visitors or from the educational talks and tours they may give.
Gardeners who specialise in parks and gardens, work in local councils, botanical gardens, parks and residential and commercial gardens (usually undertaking plant maintenance). Landscape gardeners may be self employed or work for a landscaping company. They undertake residential, commercial or government landscaping projects, including gardens and sub divisions. A major change occurring in the horticulture industry is the trend towards formal qualifications for all horticultural workers. One industry representative says, "if you are entering the industry without qualifications, your likelihood of moving up the ranks are becoming increasingly limited."
Employment growth in the horticultural area is expected to be moderate, though many opportunities for work are provided through the high rate of job turnover. At present, experienced, qualified landscape gardeners are difficult to find, according to industry sources. However, the popularity of the occupation means that large numbers are keen to undertake training and so competition for apprenticeships or traineeships is likely to be strong.