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Mama_Cakes's avatar

You love flowers and plants. You could see yourself working in a garden all day. What would be a great career?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (11060points) August 23rd, 2012

One that would pay well.

(not floral design).

This also could be a job that you do part-time (along with your other career).

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gailcalled's avatar

There is a brother-sister team here who do weekly garden housekeeping for my sister and an occasional day for me. 25$ per person an hour.

They prune, weed, whack, fertilize, relay flagstones, rebuilt dry walls, drag and drop 50 lb. bags of compost, dried manure or peat moss, they dig and repair compost heaps, they plant perennials, shrubs and small trees (that do not require back hoes). They will bring landscape design ideas to you (very different from flower arranging) and brainstorm.

I, for example, have a wish list that far exceeds my budget. They would sit down with me and discuss pros and cons, cost, and particularly important with the outdoors, long-term maintenance.

Another niche that a young friend of mine has discovered is tree surgery.He and his brother have bought several expensive chippers and other machinery; they will limn the huge wild white pines and chip the branches in situ. They will prune fruit trees appropriately; they will make trails. They are as strong as Michael Phelps, and until their bodies give out, they have a gold mine.

However, we are not talking dainty little suburban gardens. Most of us have a lot of land and gardens, fields, woods, streams, wildlife, butterflies and birds we protect.

Coloma's avatar

Get your master gardeners certificate and you can do many things. I have an old friend who got her M.G. cert. in 2000 and is now having her 3rd ” Idiots guide to..” published in Dec.
She has the I.G. to composting, small space gardening and heirloom veggies!
A hobby has turned very lucrative for her!

gondwanalon's avatar

Perhaps consider becoming a Certified Arborist

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Your link takes me to my question.

gailcalled's avatar

PS. I have friends here who run a very successful garden center; in addition to selling, they do landscaping as well. They work like beavers in the nice weather and get to go someplace warm in the miserable months.

marinelife's avatar

Landscape gardener.
Indoor plant technician (cares for plants at corporations).

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Found something within my province.

Pandora's avatar

Agree with @marinelife . Both make great money if they are really good.

YARNLADY's avatar

Someone the opposite of me, yes. I consider plants and all the work they require as something I wish to avoid.

Bellatrix's avatar

A lot of people seem to try starting landscaping/gardening businesses but none I have known have stuck at it long term. It seems to be the thing that people stop paying for when money gets tight and it seems there is lots of work in summer, but not so much in winter. So, very seasonal.

I love my garden. I am not so in love with gardening. I can kill plants at 20 paces. One look…. wilt…....death. I think they have my picture up behind the counter at most nurseries around here. “Do not sell plants to this woman”.

macey's avatar

a gardener or have flower business :)) x

elbanditoroso's avatar

marijuana cultivation.

Poppy cultivation.

A little dangerous, but very lucrative.

gailcalled's avatar

Thanks to @gondwanalon, I am reminded that my young friend with the successful tree and forestry management business got his degree in arboriculture at Paul Smith’s College, in the northern Adirondacks, not too far from the US/Quebec border.

The degree: “We grow and manage forests, measure the globe from space, study complex ecosystems, conduct research on wildlife habitat, canoe rivers in Central America, and care for trees in your home town.

Our graduates are professional surveyors, fisheries and wildlife scientists, arborists and tree care specialists, professional foresters and forest scientists, outdoor recreation outfitters and backcountry guides, educators, business owners, and community leaders.”


“Prepare students for careers in the fields of forestry, outdoor recreation, fish and wildlife sciences, surveying, and tree care and landscape management.”

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