Gardener

Beautify spaces by planting them with flowers and foliage.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gardeners do?

Peace, tranquility, and bustling cities. One of these may sound out of place, but in reality the right floral touches can turn any building into a restful retreat. As a Gardener, you take on the task of designing and growing these relaxing atmospheres. First you plan out sprawling landscapes and plant beautiful flowers. Then it’s time to care for all those blossoming blooms you worked so hard to create.

Try to think of a building without some form of foliage – plants or flowers – growing in or around it. Chances are, you can’t. Hotels, amusement parks, and mansions all host neatly trimmed shrubberies and fancy flower displays. Plants don’t just spring out of the ground on a whim. Instead, the owners hire Gardeners to make the magic happen.

As a Gardener, you draw up landscape ideas, plant flowers, and prune large plants. Plants may appear quiet and docile, but really they’re like rowdy children just waiting to run wild when you’re not looking. No customer wants unsightly creeper vines covering her pristine hotel. After setting up the perfect display, you water and care for your creations on a regular daily schedule.

In the end you work behind the scenes to add a little beauty where ever you go. No one needs to know how many hours you put into watering, fertilizing, and pruning those shrubs to make them look so neat and tidy. That’s a secret between you and your plants, and they’re not telling anyone.


Should I be a Gardener?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Truck Gardener

    How to become a Gardener

    We recommend at least a Bachelor's degree. Check out these schools offering Gardener-related education!
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