Plants are precious in Hong Kong because of our cramped living conditions. Nowadays, scenery of outdoor gardens has even become a selling point for residential properties, reflecting citizens' craving for green space. Gardeners are like the cosmeticians for plants, committed to beautifying the landscape and blending it harmoniously with human beings.
Newbies of the horticulture industry have to work their way up from gardening assistants, with monthly salaries ranging from HK$8,000 to HK$10,000. Gardening assistants are responsible for landscape maintenance, such as operating hedge shears, lawnmowers, hand-push mower and other power tools, watering plants beyond the scope of automatic irrigation system, disposing withered plants and following up the status of plants after inclement weather conditions. Gardening assistants of some public bodies or large organizations may stand a chance to participate in the planning and design of gardens, consultation regarding the regulations on greening, and engineering management.
Indeed, horticulture has yet to be popularized in Hong Kong, but greening is an important part of the sustainable development. Given the industry's strengthening cooperation with the construction and engineering industries, its future is promising. The biggest challenge for being a gardener lies in the limited communication with other people.
After all, a green environment should be a basic condition, rather than luxury, of human life. Therefore, gardeners serve as the pioneers leading us to pursue a green life.Interested in this industry?