Horticulture is one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia with this sector playing an important role in delivering economic, social, and environmental value.
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A career in horticulture
A career in horticulture means you will meaningfully contribute to creating liveable cities, and healthy environments and protecting the future of food security in Australia.
It’s all about the plants!! Horticulture covers all types of seed, plant, shrub, or tree stock, including but not limited to propagation plants, seedlings, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, nut trees, vines, and all plants in indoor and outdoor residential and public spaces.
While nature plays a very big role, there is an entire industry of around 3,000 businesses embracing tried and tested horticultural techniques, sensible science, and the latest in horticultural innovation to deliver over 2 billion plants into Australia’s landscapes, backyards, kitchen windows, and on to our plates. Over 25,000 individuals are committed to leading the greening of Australia. Will you be one of them?
There is a career pathway for everyone. A career path in Horticulture is only limited by your interests and motivation, many learning pathways can be taken including tissue culture laboratories, plant breeders, production managers, operations managers, soil scientists, growing media specialists, plant protection experts, plant nutritionists, entomologists, horticulturists, growers, garden retailers, landscapers, environmental scientists, communicators, marketers, logistics, television presenters, garden writers and radio broadcasters, automation experts, policy writers, researchers, academics and educators.
What is Horticulture
Horticulture is the science and art of growing flowers, ornamental plants, lawns, gardens, fruits or vegetables.
Horticulture is different things to different people. It is a science on the cutting edge of biotechnology, an art, profession, business, industry, hobby, way-of-life, and therapy for millions of people. Horticulture studies offer various career pathways including food production, plant propagation, land conservation/restoration, landscape, and garden design.
Examples of horticulture include the following:
- growing crops for food, fiber, and fuel
- horticultural therapy—using horticultural methods to treat patients
Why Study Horticulture in Adelaide, South Australia
Recognised for its excellence in environmentally clean, safe, and advanced production making Adelaide a key horticulture destination. Ironwood’s horticulture program allows our students to gain the skills and knowledge to become job ready in all sorts of horticultural positions.
- South Australia is a major producer of premium horticulture.
- Technologically advanced and sustainable horticulture is a key focus in South Australia.
- Number one in protected cropping in Australia, with more than 700 hectares of greenhouses with a high number of professional, vertically integrated businesses across the supply chain
- Australia’s number one producer of onions and potatoes
- Home to Australia’s National Almond Centre of Excellence
- Home to the world-leading national Sterile Insect Technology facility
- The Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) is a key horticulture region of South Australia that lies immediately north of the Adelaide metropolitan area. The NAP produces approximately 198,000 tonnes of fresh produce, generating around 20% of the state’s horticulture production by volume and 33% by value, with a farm gate value of $317 million. The area is renowned for growing premium quality vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, onions and potatoes. The region employs almost half of SA’s vegetable industry workers including job roles involving :
- broad-acre field vegetable cropping
- tree orchards
- high-technology climate controlled hydroponic systems and
- medium and low-technology poly and shade houses.
For more information visit https://www.northernadelaideplains.com.au/about
Adelaide is Australia’s 1st National Park City and the 2nd globally after London.
Hear from Ironwood Students
Diploma of Horticulture
Adelaide Plant Growers
Adelaide Plant Growers
Hear from Horticulture Employers
Owner of Adelaide Plant Grows
Hear from Industry Peak Bodies
Executive Officer of the NGISA
Primary Industries Skills Council of SA
Joy de Leo
Nursery & Garden Association SA
Learn more about the opportunities in Horticulture Industry
AUSVEG has created several deep dive videos that look into some of the obscure but vital roles in the industry. These videos show the daily tasks, responsibilities, and pathways within the Production Horticulture sector.