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Are gardeners the same as landscapers?
Gardeners are not the same as landscapers, though there is quite a bit of overlap. Landscape architects work in the same field as building architects and interior designers: They figure out what to do with raw space. Landscape architects do need to complete a degree program and exam. Landscape designers don’t necessarily have to have a degree, but the better ones generally have professional certifications or accreditations. They design smaller projects, but they do not typically install and plant them. Some landscape contractors perform the installation/planting/upkeep functions, which is part of the function of a gardener.
What are the most common services offered by gardeners?
The most common services offered by gardeners include lawn care (mowing and watering), raking and debris cleanup, weeding and planting, fertilizing and mulching, and pest control.
Is a degree in horticulture required to be a gardener?
A degree in horticulture is not required to be a gardener. Those with horticulture degrees are more likely to get managerial positions, and are usually better qualified for specialized fields such as running a restaurant group’s vegetable garden or working within a horticulture therapy program.
What is a master gardener?
The master gardener designation is a volunteer certification, not a post-graduate degree, though it’s typically offered via university extension. Programs are designed to provide a research-based, in-depth education that encompasses entomology, plant pathology, and botany. Unlike degree programs, the master gardener programs typically cost very little, and after completing them, people are expected to “pay it forward” by volunteering in community roles and public education projects.
Do gardeners receive special education or certification?
Not all gardeners receive special education, certification or training. However, many opt to get a degree in horticulture or landscaping, and gardeners who want to set up their own business or work with commercial clients also often attain certifications in specific topics. The most stringent rules are around pesticides: Gardeners who apply pesticides are typically required to get special training and certification or licenses. Exact laws vary by state.