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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown



Horticulture is, at the most basic level, the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants.

  • Flowers and ornamental plants enrich our homes and communities, and contribute to our sense of well-being.
  • Production and consumption of high quality fruits and vegetables allows us to maintain a healthy, balanced daily diet.

Horticulture impacts our lives on a daily basis by providing nutritious fruits and vegetables, offering visual enjoyment, and promoting recreational activities.

A Horticulturist's work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth.

They work as gardeners, growers, therapists, designers, and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.


KS3 Overview

Key Stage 3

These are some of the topics covered at KS3:

  • Tools and Safety
  • Plants and the Seasons
  • Sowing seed/Germination
  • Harvesting
  • Perennial and annual flowers
  • Weeds
  • Making Leaf Mould and Compost
  • Birds and Pollinators
  • Pruning

Careers in Horticulture

CAFRE College in Greenmount (Antrim) offer courses in Horticulture. 

After you receive a qualification the number of career paths open to you are too numerous to list in full. But here is a selection:

  • Working with the public at a botanical garden
  • Teaching the subject (courses at a college)
  • Running a business in which plants or produce are sold
  • Designing arrangements at a florist shop
  • Keeping the grass green and lush at a golf course
  • Working as a lawn care technician
  • Maintaining the landscape for a park
  • Working as a plant developer
  • Conducting research into plants for a college, for the government, or for a business


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