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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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9 Jobs in Horticulture

• 60 min

Have you ever wondered, “Could working with plants really be my full-time job?” Well, dear plant friend, the answer is a resounding yes! There is a whole world of opportunities waiting for you in the horticulture industry should you decide to turn your plant passion into a career. In this episode, we’ll dig into 9 jobs in horticulture with my dear friend, Daniel Fuller. Daniel is a national council member for the Australian Institute of Horticulture, host of the “Plants Grow Here” podcast, and a writer for publications like the Hort Journal Australia.  With over a decade of experience as a maintenance gardener, he offers a valuable perspective on helping people find meaningful careers in horticulture. In this episode, we learn:[04:06] How Daniel built his career in horticulture[09:32] What's the easiest way to quickly enter the horticulture industry and gain experience?[09:49] #1 Maintenance gardening[10:11] #2 Retail nurseries[13:14] What's the best way to learn maintenance skills when you're just getting started?[15:28] Where can you find sleek, minimalist grow lights that complement your home decor?[17:22] Looking for unique and soothing chimes as a holiday gift?[18:50] #3 Production nurseries[20:47] Why Cert 3 is important in Australia[21:33] #4 Plant breeding[24:06] What’s the difference between breeding and production?[28:37] What’s the difference between garden designers and landscape designers?[30:18] Where can you find quality products for your indoor and outdoor planting needs?[36:26] #5 Landscape construction[38:34] #6 Leadership and management[43:50] #7 Sales[46:02] #8 Education[47:26] #9 Media and content creation[55:41] Where can you follow Daniel Fuller? Mentioned in our conversation:TAFE NSWAustralian Institute of HorticultureNew York Botanical GardenHort Journal AustraliaHort PeopleGrowing Joy Ep. 208: DIY Houseplant First Aid Kit With Leslie HalleckGrowing Joy Ep. 80: Plant Laws And Plant PatentsCrimes Against Horticulture on FacebookBook by Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat LastPlants Grow Here Episode 160 with Bruce DurantPlants Grow Here Episode 178 with Scott SmithHort People Blogs For a complete list of plant-based jobs you can explore,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsWith winter just around the corner, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions makes the grow lights you’ve heard me talk about for years: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a 5-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions. Check them out at and get 15% off with code "bloom15". Wind River ChimesThis holiday season, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones this holiday season! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging. Visit to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Am

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