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A career in horticulture has something to offer everyone, whatever their academic ability as the work can be technical and creative, using personal skills or the very latest technology.

Bridgwater & Taunton College has courses to meet all your needs, whether full or part-time, and outstanding facilities such as The Walled Garden of Cannington or the latest environmentally controlled greenhouses. Did you know that there are over 18 million gardeners in the UK spending over £2 billion?

Our Cannington Centre has a renowned reputation for the training of horticulture students and much investment has been placed in the facilities for the subject. The Walled Gardens of Cannington are in the grounds of the former priory and are open to the public, having been officially launched by HRH Prince Edward in April 2009. With a botanical glasshouse, plant shop, tea rooms and extensive gardens, it makes an outstanding facility for horticulture students, as well as a great visitor attraction.

More about our Facilities

Follow the links below to find more information on our excellent facilities and what it is like to study a land-based subject at Bridgwater & Taunton College.

What our students say

Horticulture, Gardening & Landscape Design Student Jess Evans

Jess Evans

I love the practical and physical part of the job and look forward to being outdoors. The best thing about gardening as a career is the continued learning and training that is available. My advice those starting their career in horticulture is to try and work with as many people as you possibly can and be prepared to learn from them.”

Head Gardener at Knightshayes Court, National Trust

Horticulture, Gardening & Landscape Design Student Claire Greenslade

Claire Greenslade

My advice to students is to absolutely love being outside and find work experience or volunteering work somewhere like Hestercombe or The National Trust. People know the standard is quantifiable and not just your garden at home, and practice experience is just as important as your qualification. Gardening is a lifestyle choice, rather like farming; it's a different way of living but it's always interesting and you never stop learning.”

Head Gardener at Hestercombe Gardens Trust