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Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture

Associate Degree Program

As a student in the Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture program, you will learn the fine art of creating a finished landscape plan and maintaining woody and herbaceous landscape plants and turf grasses, while at the same time learning to safely handle landscape equipment. This program will provide both the hands-on skills and classroom knowledge to ensure your success in this field. Graduates will be prepared to work in such businesses as greenhouse operations, nursery operations, garden centers, lawn care businesses, and professional equipment sales. Students who want to become successful entrepreneurs will develop business and customer service skills along with the knowledge of basic greenhouse management.

This program is offered at the Georgetown Campus.

What You Can Do 

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Horticulture management trainee
  • Golf and country club horticulture
  • Landscape technician
  • Horticulture salesperson
  • Ornamental plant producer
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Professional gardener
  • Lawn care specialist
  • Turf management technician
  • Nursery gardener/manager
  • Irrigation technician
  • Lawn and garden chemical applicator
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $27,000-$50,000.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Safely operate landscape equipment.
  2. Demonstrate basic greenhouse management functions to include environmental controls, scheduling, production, pest control, nutrient management, and marketing of floriculture crops.
  3. Demonstrate effective customer service skills for horticulture business success.
  4. Apply business principles and strategies to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
  5. Explain the importance of soil and water management to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
  6. Design and install a finished landscape plan.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details