Garden Consultant

What do they do? Plan environmentally sound yard and home gardens.

Description: Many landscape and garden designers have transformed a personal passion for gardening into a career that sustains them. Practical experience, a wealth of knowledge, and an eye for beauty are the only requisites for a career as a garden designer, although an ability to market, network, and establish a client referral base is essential to a steady career.

Education: No formal education, but talent, experience, and on-the-job training. Start-up costs are minimal. A strong background with a variety of plants and knowledge of irrigation systems, soil and climate requirements, and changing trends in gardening are essential.

Salary: Can make $25 to $100 per hour.