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Ever wondered how grapes are turned into wine?

Horticulture is the study of art, science and business in the manufacturing, marketing and development of fruits, flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants. From the grapes used to make wine, to the flowers sent for Valentine’s Day, these are examples of products of Horticulture. As a horticulturist, you will need a combination of creative flair, a practical background in science and the determination of a businessperson. With these powers combined, you are sure to be a success in the horticultural industry.

Horticulture is fast growing into one of New Zealand’s largest primary industries. You will learn about how to look after plants, including the correct procedures of pruning, planting, identifying weeds and diseases. You will also learn about the processes of marketing, producing and distributing plant products onto the market.

Horticulture can be studied under a Bachelor of AgriScience, or completed as a standalone degree, in which you will be awarded a certificate or diploma.

Studying Horticulture never gets boring as you are given a balanced learning environment of theory and practice. Many institutions have their own nurseries, crops, and vineyards for students to practice and tend to while learning. Many courses also recommend students complete work experience while studying and will give students the connections to do this.

DID YOU KNOW: New Zealand produces enough food to feed 40 million people - that's 10 times our own population!

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