A course for the professional horticulturist - expand your skills in the management of resources in your industry or work

The horticultural manager, of gardens, crops, nurseries or any other horticultural enterprise will benefit from this course.
Covers planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture: including such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. This course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.

“Understand the options, before making the choices”

Learn to be a horticultural manager, of gardens, crops, nurseries or any other horticultural enterprise.


There are ten lessons in this course as follows:

  1. Horticultural Business Structures
  2. Management Theories and Procedures
  3. Horticulture & The Law
  4. Supervision
  5. Financial Management
  6. Staff Management
  7. Improving Plant Varieties
  8. Productivity and Risk
  9. Managing Physical Resources
  10. Developing an Horticultural Business Plan


Duration: 100 hours



  • Compare the organisational structure of different horticultural enterprises.
  • Determine the value of a business plan to a specific horticultural business.
  • Determine the significance of consumer law to a specified horticultural business.
  • Determine the duties of different supervisors, in a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Describe how a budget is applied to managing a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Determine the criteria for selecting staff to work in an horticultural enterprise.
  • Explain the system for controlling the collection of royalties on a plant which is covered by plant variety rights.
  • Monitor and recommend improvements to a specified work task in a horticultural enterprise.

What is Management?

Management has been described as “the art of getting things done through people”. But it is also so much more than that. Management is the process of planning, organising, leading, and controlling an organisation’s human and other resources to achieve organisational goals. The exact tasks may change over time and across different organisations and situations and may be performed not only by managers, but also other staff members. 

Looking at what management is in more depth:

“Management is the organisational process that includes strategic planning, setting; objectives, managing resources, deploying the human and financial assets needed to achieve objectives, and measuring results. Management also includes recording and storing facts and information for later use or for others within the organisation. Management functions are not limited to managers and supervisors. Every member of the organisation has some management and reporting functions as part of their job.”

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1. “Making people's strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. 

2. Enhancing the ability of people to contribute

3. Integrating people in a common venture by thinking through,setting and exemplifying the organisational objectives, values and goals

4. Enabling the enterprise and its members to grow and develop through training, developing and teaching

5. Ensuring everyone knows what needs to be accomplished, what they can expect of you, and what is expected of them.
Management allows us to coordinate hundreds or thousands of people with different skills and knowledge to achieve common goals.

"Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organisations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures (including the introduction of new products).” Peter Drucker, renowned management champion. 




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