5 steps for becoming a horticulture expert

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Gardening is a hobby enjoyed by millions around the world. People are incredibly passionate, and borderline obsessive when it comes to their favourite plant-based pastime. And just like any other hobby you might have you can turn your passion for gardening into a skill, or even a career!


There are countless methods available for you to build and develop your gardening skills, as well as your knowledge of horticulture in general. If you have a budding enjoyment of gardening, you can easily learn and utilize the skills you need to take yourself to the next level.


1 . Get a degree

It might come as a bit of a surprise to you, but there are various degrees available that are related to horticulture. The degrees include 1-year certificates on topics such as landscape design, flower arrangements, and biotechnology.


If you have an undying urge to know more about the flowers you plant and the techniques for different growth patterns, this is the perfect step to take. And if you don't have the time to go to a college or university, there are even online courses that you can do to improve your knowledge.


2 . Pick your niche and run with it

 An important step to becoming an expert in any field is figuring out specifics. What you need to do when it comes to horticulture is find your niche and run with it.


If you were to open a book about gardening the sheer amount of different categories would be enough to make your head spin. Everything from agricultural engineering to perfectly trimming a golf course takes a particular set of skills, so make sure you know exactly what aspect appeals to you, especially if you decide to take the college/university route.


3 . Talk to people like you

 Sometimes the best way to find something out is to ask, and when it comes to learning something new, or improving the knowledge you already have, asking questions is an excellent way to grow and develop your skills.


Maybe you have friends or neighbours who love horticulture just as much as you do, invite them over and talk about your passions. Trading ideas, tips, tricks, and secrets of the trade with friends and loved ones is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to learn.


4 . Use the Internet

 One of the best tools at your disposal is one we often take for granted, and that tool is the Internet. Sure, a lot of the Internet is people shouting at each other and cat's falling over, but you will also find an endless stream of helpful information that you can use to your advantage.


You can watch videos on YouTube, read blogs or even join horticulture forums that can give you all of the answers that you need. Even if you spend as little as an hour a day to read up on different aspects of horticulture, you will find that your expertise will rapidly expand.


5 . Get on with it

 Using the Internet and reading all the books you can get is great, but the truth is the best way to learn is to practice. "Practice makes perfect" may be a tired cliché, but it's the truth, especially when it comes to gardening.


Sometimes you have to remember that you are your best teacher, and while taking the time to build up knowledge is the best method, don't forget that rolling up your sleeves and getting on with it helps too!


As long as you hold on to your passion for horticulture as well as some patience and the willingness to experiment, there is no stopping the amount of stuff you can learn and achieve. All you have to do is follow the steps laid out above, and you will be a horticulture expert in no time.


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