Question for anyone in the plant business
I didn't know where else to ask this question lol - I know a few of you on here are currently or in the past have been involved professionally with plants. Over the last two years or so, like everyone else here, plants have become my hobby and passion. I'm young and still in my entry-level job almost 5 years later. I'm in Marketing and act as a manger. I started out with an internship in Chicago and have grown up around this industry my whole life so I've got a lot of exposure to it. Anyway my question is, is it possible for me to move into plants as a profession? Right now I'm in wholesale but it has to do with chemicals.
How exactly would I do that? I would like to hear all thoughts. First of all I wouldn't know what exactly I would be looking for. There are nurseries of course, but there are also companies that rent to businesses. Is there an association that many professionals belong to that have trade shows and whatnot?
I have zero background with this kind of thing but I don't know how in demand these kinds of jobs are either. I know the floral business is huge but I know nothing about the regular plant business or if they're considered the same. I was thinking about volunteering with the county forest preserve, they have a few restorations going on. At least get something in my background. Of course, I would be willing to do something else other than Marketing but since that is my background I'm assuming that this is what I would be looking for.
I don't know anyone that has plants as their hobby or that is in it professionally so I came here.
Thanks for helping me!! :)