What We Do
As Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." This is what being a LandLover is all about.
Quite simply, LandLovers work with and for the land, and love what they do. When you step outside, virtually everything you see that isn't asphalt has been touched at some point by someone in the nursery and landscape industry. By making such a positive impact on the environment, it's hard for LandLovers not to love what they do.
However, the nursery and landscape industry and LandLover professions aren't very familiar to most people, and therefore may not seem that exciting. How much do you know about these professions? I bet you know less than you think you do. Can you tell MYTH from FACT?
Top 5 Myths About LandLover Careers:
MYTH #5: It's only digging in the dirt.
Not really. While it's true that many jobs in this industry are hands-on, technology is a big part of the nursery and landscape industry.  Not only that, but there are many occupations to choose from!  You can choose a career path in construction, retail, arboriculture, landscape management, and more. 
MYTH #4: These jobs don't pay well.
Think again. You can earn a great living as a nursery and landscape industry professional!  Wages may vary by region, but depending on which career path you choose, you could make more than $100,000 a year and even open your own business.
MYTH #3: It's only a summer job.
Not true. There are many career paths to follow once you enter the nursery and landscape industry - and the jobs are not just seasonal! You can get a certificate or degree from a 2- or 4-year college, work your way up into management or even someday start your own business.
MYTH #2: It's not a prestigious industry.
Guess again. Consider if you became the head of landscape management at Sea World™, the White House, or the Mall of America™!  Or maybe you will design a healing garden offering comfort to cancer patients at the local hospital.  Perhaps you will create a treatment that stops pests (such as the Emerald Ash Borer) from killing hundreds of thousands of trees across the country.  Those flowers that line the Miracle Mile in Chicago had to be grown by someone, why not you? Maybe you will care for the sports turf at Fenway Park or Qwest Field. The possibilities are endless.
MYTH #1: It's a waste of a college education.
Hardly. Nursery and landscape careers require individuals with a strong academic foundation of literacy, chemistry, biology, mathematical and analytical skills, not to mention creativity, problem solving, coordination, and most importantly, passion!  Many positions in the nursery and landscape industry require a 2- or 4-year college degree.  And, if you wish to move up into a management position, you will often need an advanced degree to do so.


  • Plants improve air quality. In fact, one tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.
  • As much as 70-80% of all plant problems are related to incorrect watering, most often because the plants are overwatered.
  • Trees, shrubs, turf and groundcovers filter dust and other pollutants out of rainwater.

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