Landscape Gardener

Landscape Gardeners plan, maintain and develop gardens, parks and landscapes. They may also assist in cultivating plants, trees and other vegetation. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of plant life, soil, and ecological factors.

Duties and tasks

  • Construct or assemble garden or park additions including pathways, walls, fences, pools, furniture, barbeques, etc.
  • Create layout of planned area, select desired plants, trees and flowers according to clients preferences and arrange construction process
  • Maintain parks and gardens by watering area manually or through irrigation systems, spreading fertiliser, trimming plants, cutting back trees, building protective barriers and removing unwanted plants or objects
  • Monitor plant and tree growth and set up plants in appropriate conditions to facilitate healthy growth
  • Plant trees, shrubs, flowers and seed or lay grass according to area design
  • Prep gardens or planting areas by laying top soil, nutrients or fertiliser and clearing land of rocks, weeds and other objects
  • Provide nutrient supplements and insect control sprays to plant life

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Visual and Spatial Creativity

Working conditions

Landscape Gardeners typically work a Monday to Friday work week but may be required to work weekends to work on specific projects or meet deadlines. They may spend some of their time in a small office setting performing administrative tasks, but spend the majority of time maintaining or overseeing construction of landscape areas.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc 

Australian institute of landscape architects 

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  • Florist
  • General Gardener
  • Horticultural Assistant
  • Horticultural Tradesperson
  • Landscape Architect
  • Nursery-person