Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:41
Kevin, I was in professional horticulture for over 30 years. I started as a garden centre assistant ( great place to pick up plant knowledge) went on to GC management, left, became a self employed gardener, went back to college and qualified as a garden designer. You CAN make a living at it but it's tough. Anyone can call himself a gardener, unlike calling themselves a doctor or an architect. Where we lived in Hants ? Surrey, gardeners, even not very knowledgeable ones can charge £20 - £25 an hour. we've now moved to Devon ( best move I've ever made) and gardeners get paid about the national minimum wage of £7 an hour. I've retired to my 8 acres for my gardening kicks and deliver shopping for Waitrose now.