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LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: Design A Garden They'll Love

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Patricia is an instructor in Horticulture and also owns her own Garden Landscape business. Patricia explains how she first got involved in the Landscaping industry, and that it didn't start out right out of college but rather mid-age.

School: Foothill College ; San Francisco State University
Degree: Education
Job Title: Landscape Designer
Employer: Merritt College

Job Summary: Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Job Description

Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy. Using hand or power tools or equipment, workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Most states require workers who apply pesticides to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Seasonal, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Landscape Architecture
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m='15620'>work</span> <span m='15840'>with</span> <span m='15980'>homeowners,</span> <span m='16820'>and</span> <span m='17630'>making</span> <span m='18020'>sure</span> <span m='18350'>that</span> <span m='18800'>they</span> <span m='18990'>have</span> <span m='19240'>some</span> <span m='19570'>last-minute</span> <span m='20150'>thoughts</span> <span m='20650'>or</span> <span m='25240'>ideas</span> <span m='25820'>for</span> <span m='25940'>their</span> <span m='26110'>garden</span> <span m='26850'>with</span> <span m='27550'>Pinterest</span> <span m='28610'>and</span> <span m='28910'>the</span> <span m='28980'>Houzz</span> <span m='29900'>websites.</span> <span m='31400'>I</span> <span m='31500'>get</span> <span m='31690'>a</span> <span m='31750'>lot</span> <span m='31970'>of</span> <span m='32070'>images</span> <span m='32549'>from</span> <span m='32759'>homeowners.</span> <span m='33950'>So</span> <span m='34120'>basically,</span> <span m='34690'>I'm</span> <span m='34840'>designing</span> <span m='35290'>their</span> <span m='35440'>garden.</span> <span m='35890'>But</span> <span m='36030'>what</span> <span m='36180'>I</span> <span m='36260'>really</span> <span m='36640'>want</span> <span m='36850'>to</span> <span m='36930'>do</span> <span m='37320'>is</span> <span m='37510'>design</span> <span m='37920'>a</span> <span m='37960'>garden</span> <span m='38500'>that they're</span> <span m='38760'>going to</span> <span m='38860'>love,</span> <span m='39930'>that</span> <span m='41880'>the</span> <span m='42110'>style,</span> <span m='43640'>and</span> <span m='44340'>the</span> <span m='44470'>function--</span> <span m='45620'>what</span> <span m='45840'>they</span> <span m='45970'>want</span> <span m='46320'>in</span> <span m='46470'>the</span> <span m='46560'>garden.</span> <span m='46950'>If</span> <span m='47050'>they</span> <span m='47170'>want</span> <span m='48390'>a</span> <span m='48470'>barbecue</span> <span m='48960'>area,</span> <span m='49580'>fire</span> <span m='49900'>pit,</span> <span m='52870'>beautiful</span> <span m='53340'>shrubs</span> <span m='53850'>and</span> <span m='54020'>flowers,</span> <span m='55560'>that</span> <span m='55800'>I</span> <span m='56010'>know</span> <span m='56330'>what</span> <span m='56530'>style</span> <span m='56950'>they</span> <span m='57090'>want,</span> <span m='57710'>and</span> <span m='58140'>what</span> <span m='59770'>they're</span> <span m='59880'>going</span> <span m='60010'>to</span> <span m='60090'>love</span> <span m='60570'>about</span> <span m='60910'>being</span> <span m='61150'>in</span> <span m='61220'>their</span> <span m='61340'>garden.</span> <span m='62130'>So</span> <span m='62340'>if</span> <span m='62420'>they</span> <span m='62550'>can</span> <span m='62700'>send</span> <span m='62980'>me</span> <span m='63170'>images</span> <span m='64330'>of</span> <span m='64510'>their</span> <span m='64780'>ideal</span> <span m='65230'>garden,</span> <span m='65640'>it</span> <span m='65760'>really</span> <span m='66010'>helps</span> <span m='66320'>me</span> <span m='66490'>in</span> <span m='66580'>my</span> <span m='66720'>design.</span> <span m='67500'>So</span> <span m='67680'>I</span> <span m='67760'>check</span> <span m='68000'>my</span> <span m='68150'>email</span> <span m='68520'>first</span> <span m='68820'>thing</span> <span m='69040'>every</span> <span m='69300'>morning</span> <span m='70260'>and</span> <span m='70530'>get</span> <span m='70690'>their</span> <span m='70890'>ideas.</span> </p><p><span m='72180'>Then,</span> <span m='72610'>I</span> <span m='72630'>might</span> <span m='72880'>meet</span> <span m='73050'>with</span> <span m='73190'>a</span> <span m='73260'>client,</span> <span m='73810'>maybe</span> <span m='74140'>for</span> <span m='74270'>the</span> <span m='74400'>first</span> <span m='74720'>time.</span> <span m='75800'>And</span> <span m='76940'>ask</span> <span m='77290'>them</span> <span m='77470'>a</span> <span m='77530'>lot</span> <span m='77730'>of</span> <span m='77770'>questions</span> <span m='78290'>about</span> <span m='78910'>their</span> <span m='79210'>garden.</span> <span m='80150'>Take</span> <span m='80390'>a</span> <span m='80450'>look</span> <span m='80640'>at</span> <span m='80720'>their</span> <span m='80870'>garden.</span> <span m='81140'>And</span> <span m='81440'>then</span> <span m='81740'>I</span> <span m='81790'>might,</span> <span m='82390'>in</span> <span m='82570'>that</span> <span m='82800'>same</span> <span m='83100'>day,</span> <span m='84050'>measure</span> <span m='84880'>their</span> <span m='85060'>space.</span> <span m='86080'>Where</span> <span m='86350'>are the</span> <span m='86470'>boundaries?</span> <span m='87100'>Where are</span> <span m='87330'>the</span> <span m='87450'>fences?</span> <span m='88420'>How</span> <span m='88640'>does</span> <span m='88810'>the</span> <span m='88920'>house</span> <span m='89490'>interface</span> <span m='90100'>with</span> <span m='90310'>the</span> <span m='90390'>garden?</span> <span m='91540'>How</span> <span m='91760'>do</span> <span m='91850'>they</span> <span m='92120'>leave</span> <span m='92740'>the</span> <span m='92830'>house</span> <span m='93530'>through</span> <span m='93750'>the</span> <span m='93880'>doors</span> <span m='95360'>to</span> <span m='95470'>get</span> <span m='95650'>into</span> <span m='95920'>the</span> <span m='96010'>garden?</span> <span m='96900'>And</span> <span m='97340'>what</span> <span m='97470'>do</span> <span m='97530'>they</span> <span m='97710'>see</span> <span m='98030'>out</span> <span m='98160'>of</span> <span m='98260'>their</span> <span m='98410'>windows?</span> <span m='99490'>So</span> <span m='99990'>measuring</span> <span m='100640'>all</span> <span m='100860'>that</span> <span m='101340'>and</span> <span m='101860'>recording</span> <span m='102390'>all</span> <span m='102550'>that</span> <span m='102810'>on</span> <span m='102990'>paper</span> <span m='103840'>helps</span> <span m='104140'>me,</span> <span m='104320'>then,</span> <span m='104570'>design</span> <span m='105000'>a</span> <span m='105040'>garden</span> <span m='105980'>that</span> <span m='106300'>is</span> <span m='106460'>functional</span> <span m='106930'>for</span> <span m='107100'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='108090'>Getting</span> <span m='108450'>to</span> <span m='108560'>this</span> <span m='108860'>point</span> <span m='109660'>was</span> <span m='109940'>a</span> <span m='109990'>very</span> <span m='110390'>convoluted</span> <span m='112250'>path.</span> <span m='114370'>Until</span> <span m='116610'>almost</span> <span m='117120'>middle</span> <span m='117420'>age,</span> <span m='118020'>I</span> <span m='118190'>worked</span> <span m='118510'>in</span> <span m='118640'>offices.</span> <span m='119340'>I</span> <span m='119440'>worked</span> <span m='119750'>for</span> <span m='120460'>non-profits.</span> <span m='122270'>And</span> <span m='122440'>all</span> <span m='122550'>of</span> <span m='122640'>a</span> <span m='122700'>sudden,</span> <span m='123410'>I</span> <span m='123540'>went</span> <span m='123810'>into</span> <span m='124140'>a</span> <span m='124200'>nursery</span> <span m='124640'>one</span> <span m='124850'>morning,</span> <span m='125900'>and</span> <span m='126170'>there</span> <span m='126370'>was</span> <span m='127250'>a</span> <span m='127320'>sign</span> <span m='127940'>on</span> <span m='128250'>the</span> <span m='128350'>nursery</span> <span m='128820'>chain</span> <span m='129070'>link</span> <span m='129330'>fence</span> <span m='129789'>saying</span> <span m='130080'>they</span> <span m='130180'>were</span> <span m='130330'>hiring</span> <span m='130780'>for</span> <span m='130910'>three</span> <span m='131170'>positions.</span> <span m='131910'>And</span> <span m='132380'>I</span> <span m='132500'>thought,</span> <span m='132980'>gosh.</span> <span m='133440'>I</span> <span m='133500'>can</span> <span m='133650'>be</span> <span m='133790'>outside.</span> <span m='134490'>I</span> <span m='134570'>can</span> <span m='134760'>work</span> <span m='134950'>with</span> <span m='135110'>plants.</span> <span m='136110'>I'd</span> <span m='136300'>love</span> <span m='136530'>this.</span> <span m='137230'>At</span> <span m='137430'>the</span> <span m='137590'>end</span> <span m='137770'>of</span> <span m='137860'>that</span> <span m='138090'>day,</span> <span m='138530'>I</span> <span m='138710'>had</span> <span m='138860'>been</span> <span m='139030'>hired,</span> <span m='139800'>and</span> <span m='140000'>started</span> <span m='140300'>working</span> <span m='140620'>in</span> <span m='140740'>a</span> <span m='140780'>nursery.</span> </p><p><span m='142470'>But</span> <span m='142960'>I</span> <span m='142990'>realized</span> <span m='143590'>very</span> <span m='143890'>soon</span> <span m='144750'>that</span> <span m='145260'>I</span> <span m='145360'>was</span> <span m='145530'>saying</span> <span m='146090'>I</span> <span m='146260'>don't</span> <span m='146510'>know</span> <span m='147040'>to</span> <span m='147190'>customers</span> <span m='147960'>about</span> <span m='148160'>100</span> <span m='148460'>times</span> <span m='148750'>a</span> <span m='148810'>day,</span> <span m='149670'>and</span> <span m='150130'>that</span> <span m='150280'>I</span> <span m='150370'>knew</span> <span m='150840'>very</span> <span m='151390'>little.</span> <span m='152370'>So</span> <span m='152820'>I</span> <span m='152950'>went</span> <span m='153230'>to</span> <span m='154340'>the</span> <span m='154460'>local</span> <span m='154760'>community</span> <span m='155250'>college.</span> <span m='156000'>Took</span> <span m='156190'>me</span> <span m='156330'>five</span> <span m='156630'>years,</span> <span m='157040'>but</span> <span m='157210'>I</span> <span m='157270'>got</span> <span m='157510'>a</span> <span m='157560'>degree</span> <span m='158580'>in</span> <span m='159400'>landscape</span> <span m='159980'>horticulture.</span> <span m='161980'>And</span> <span m='162190'>during</span> <span m='162560'>that</span> <span m='162810'>time--</span> <span m='163280'>so</span> <span m='163480'>I</span> <span m='163650'>thought</span> <span m='163940'>I'd</span> <span m='164090'>always</span> <span m='164320'>work</span> <span m='164510'>in</span> <span m='164630'>a</span> <span m='164690'>nursery.</span> <span m='165390'>And</span> <span m='165920'>working</span> <span m='166230'>in a</span> <span m='166320'>nursery is</span> <span m='166810'>great</span> <span m='167080'>fun.</span> <span m='167510'>And</span> <span m='167640'>my</span> <span m='167760'>husband</span> <span m='168150'>actually</span> <span m='168430'>works</span> <span m='168690'>in</span> <span m='168820'>a</span> <span m='168880'>nursery</span> <span m='169250'>now.</span> <span m='170390'>But</span> <span m='170760'>I</span> <span m='170890'>discovered</span> <span m='171450'>landscape</span> <span m='171960'>design,</span> <span m='173020'>and</span> <span m='173190'>discovered</span> <span m='173640'>I</span> <span m='173690'>could</span> <span m='173900'>actually</span> <span m='175020'>draw</span> <span m='175490'>a</span> <span m='175600'>halfway</span> <span m='176000'>decent</span> <span m='176380'>picture.</span> <span m='177490'>That</span> <span m='177770'>prompted</span> <span m='178250'>me</span> <span m='179930'>to</span> <span m='180130'>really</span> <span m='180510'>explore</span> <span m='181020'>that</span> <span m='181340'>field.</span> <span m='182250'>And</span> <span m='182440'>by</span> <span m='182600'>the</span> <span m='182730'>time</span> <span m='183010'>I</span> <span m='183060'>graduated</span> <span m='183890'>five</span> <span m='184300'>years</span> <span m='184560'>later</span> <span m='184910'>from</span> <span m='185120'>the</span> <span m='185220'>community</span> <span m='185720'>college,</span> <span m='186630'>I</span> <span m='186730'>was</span> <span m='186920'>a</span> <span m='186990'>landscape</span> <span m='187440'>designer.</span> </p><p><span m='188180'>When</span> <span m='188350'>I</span> <span m='188430'>first</span> <span m='188750'>started</span> <span m='189030'>my</span> <span m='189150'>career,</span> <span m='189860'>I</span> <span m='190020'>thought</span> <span m='190480'>it</span> <span m='190610'>was</span> <span m='190770'>all</span> <span m='191110'>about</span> <span m='191780'>plants,</span> <span m='193240'>about</span> <span m='193700'>hardscape,</span> <span m='194450'>which</span> <span m='194710'>is</span> <span m='195020'>the</span> <span m='195820'>stone</span> <span m='196420'>and</span> <span m='196540'>the</span> <span m='196640'>wood</span> <span m='197230'>and</span> <span m='197390'>everything</span> <span m='197780'>that</span> <span m='197940'>you</span> <span m='198060'>use</span> <span m='198480'>in</span> <span m='198700'>a</span> <span m='198750'>garden.</span> <span m='200390'>But</span> <span m='200580'>what</span> <span m='200960'>it</span> <span m='201190'>really</span> <span m='201590'>is</span> <span m='201890'>is</span> <span m='202060'>working</span> <span m='202350'>with</span> <span m='202490'>people.</span> <span m='203990'>And</span> <span m='205800'>sometimes,</span> <span m='206580'>some</span> <span m='206800'>of</span> <span m='206900'>us,</span> <span m='207040'>when</span> <span m='207170'>we</span> <span m='207310'>talk</span> <span m='207600'>to</span> <span m='207720'>each</span> <span m='207900'>other,</span> <span m='208560'>feel</span> <span m='208770'>like</span> <span m='208980'>we're</span> <span m='209100'>marriage</span> <span m='209440'>counselors,</span> <span m='210020'>because</span> <span m='210340'>we're</span> <span m='210460'>usually</span> <span m='210790'>working</span> <span m='211190'>with</span> <span m='211390'>couples.</span> <span m='212380'>And</span> <span m='212670'>each</span> <span m='213170'>of</span> <span m='213390'>the</span> <span m='213480'>couple</span> <span m='214350'>usually</span> <span m='214840'>has</span> <span m='215170'>a</span> <span m='215200'>very</span> <span m='215490'>different</span> <span m='215810'>idea</span> <span m='216250'>of</span> <span m='216370'>what</span> <span m='216550'>they</span> <span m='216680'>want</span> <span m='216950'>in</span> <span m='217090'>a</span> <span m='217140'>garden.</span> <span m='218200'>So</span> <span m='218680'>really</span> <span m='219240'>listening</span> <span m='220240'>carefully</span> <span m='221520'>to</span> <span m='221830'>what</span> <span m='222080'>people</span> <span m='222550'>want</span> <span m='223090'>for</span> <span m='223250'>their</span> <span m='223450'>garden,</span> <span m='224550'>and</span> <span m='224870'>then</span> <span m='225230'>helping</span> <span m='225790'>find</span> <span m='226230'>the</span> <span m='226310'>middle</span> <span m='226590'>ground</span> <span m='227800'>when</span> <span m='229030'>homeowners</span> <span m='229700'>have</span> <span m='231030'>opposite</span> <span m='231250'>points</span> <span m='231630'>of</span> <span m='231730'>view</span> <span m='232620'>in</span> <span m='232790'>terms</span> <span m='233120'>of</span> <span m='233710'>what</span> <span m='233990'>they</span> <span m='234130'>want.</span> <span m='234670'>Kind</span> <span m='234880'>of</span> <span m='234980'>mediating</span> <span m='237050'>their</span> <span m='237230'>dreams</span> <span m='237640'>and</span> <span m='237790'>wishes,</span> <span m='238440'>and</span> <span m='238630'>making</span> <span m='238940'>it</span> <span m='238980'>into</span> <span m='239220'>a</span> <span m='239310'>concrete</span> <span m='239800'>reality.</span> </p><p><span m='241150'>So</span> <span m='243130'>what</span> <span m='243530'>I</span> <span m='243610'>wish</span> <span m='243980'>I</span> <span m='244090'>had</span> <span m='244350'>known</span> <span m='245200'>the</span> <span m='245300'>most</span> <span m='246380'>was</span> <span m='246550'>how</span> <span m='246720'>to</span> <span m='246800'>work</span> <span m='246980'>with</span> <span m='247140'>people,</span> <span m='248280'>and</span> <span m='248610'>how</span> <span m='248830'>to</span> <span m='249080'>really,</span> <span m='249490'>truly</span> <span m='249870'>listen</span> <span m='250520'>to</span> <span m='250670'>what</span> <span m='250830'>they</span> <span m='250940'>want.</span> </p>","file":{"id":577036,"video_id":"","name":"2944-Patricia - Horticulturalist.mp4","duration":251774,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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