If you’ve been thinking about turning your gardening hobby into a gardening business, this guide can help you get started. By learning about the many local, regional and national resources available to commercial gardeners, you can increase both knowledge and profit, and build a strong client base in your local community.
Gardening classes and certification programs can get you started in the right direction. Most state universities offer a two-part Master Gardener Certification program through their Extension Service office and many of these will be located in an area near you.
There are hundreds of gardening clubs, horticultural societies and native plant organizations that can provide you with additional educational resources and help you make connections with other gardeners (and potential clients!) in your area.
You’ll need to know where to go to get plants and other gardening tools and equipment. A bonus: local garden stores, plant catalogs and mailorder nurseries can provide you with a wealth of additonal information.
The best way to learn is by doing, right? Use your own garden as both an experiment and an example. Practice growing different species and using different types of soil amendments. Take pictures of what works, and record what doesn’t. Use photos of your beautiful designs in a portfolio to present to potential clients.
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