About Horticulture

A career in horticulture is a fulfilling lifestyle, working with plants and like-minded 'plant people'. As a field of study, horticulture is large and interesting. Our programmes cover many important aspects, including growing plants for food, building materials, clothing and medicines, shelter for animals and amenity areas for the public. You'll also learn about revegetation work and habitats for native species.

The horticulture industry offers a diverse range of employment opportunities from growing from seeds and cuttings to working in a nursery or in parks and gardens, or caring for our diverse native flora. Work in the horticulture industry is generally a mix of indoor and outdoor tasks and can be quite physical at times. It's a growing job for growing minds; you never stop learning when gardening.

Studying Horticulture

Our Washdyke campus is a great place to meet other people who are interested in plants, including our dedicated and experienced tutors, and to be exposed to many of the opportunities in the horticulture sector.

Your studies will encompass classroom lessons, practical hands-on work on campus and field trips to see beautiful parks, gardens and botanically interesting areas. On campus you'll undertake a range of tasks such as growing and looking after all manner of plants, including in our potting shed and tunnel house which provide areas to work in if the weather's poor. Together, all the strands of your study will equip you with the skills you need to enter the workforce or start your own business.


Horticultural studies

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General)

Programme code:
February, July

Become sought after in the horticultural sector with the knowledge and skills employers need.

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