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Application Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, have at least one year’s paid work experience in horticulture, possess a valid driver’s license, and possess an interest in continued study and practice in the profession of horticulture. Application packets must be received and complete by July 1 of the year preceding matriculation for full consideration.

Selection Process

The PG Selection Committee will consider all complete application packets received by the deadline. Applicants will be notified by the end of July if they are invited for an interview with the PG Selection Committee. Interviews will take place in September. Only 8-10 applicants will be offered admission into the Program annually. Candidates for the Program will be notified by phone. If selected for admission into the Program, candidates must pass drug screening and a physical examination by Longwood’s designated occupational health facility to complete their admission. Professional Gardener students are employees of Longwood Gardens, thus proof of citizenship and/or employment eligibility will be required before starting the Professional Gardener Program.

Additional Information

Please feel free to contact the Office of Domestic & International Studies to schedule a personal visit of Longwood Gardens and to meet students and staff involved with the Program.

Complete application packets must include all of the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Statement of Purpose: Submit a one-page (500 word max.) typed statement explaining your interest in horticulture; your educational and career goals including a timeline for achievement; and why the PG Program is the right program, based on your background and experience, to help you accomplish your goals. This statement should amplify, but not duplicate, information supplied elsewhere in the application.

  • Resumé: Submit a summary of your work and educational experiences.

  • Official Transcript(s): If you have been awarded an undergraduate or graduate degree, request an official college/university transcript from the degree-granting institution. Otherwise, request an official transcript from the respective institutions for all high school, college, and/or university courses. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the educational institution to the address below.

  • Work and Academic References:  Two reference letters are required, one from an employer or work supervisor and one from an academic advisor or faculty member.

To submit your complete application packet, please contact:

Office of Domestic & International Studies
Mail: P.O. Box 501 Kennett Square, PA, 19348-0501, USA
E-mail:  edu-studies@longwoodgardens.org
Phone: 610.388.5401
Fax: 610.388.5488 

Longwood Gardens, Inc., reserves the right to alter the Professional Gardener Program or its contents at any time without prior notice. Longwood is committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities without discrimination by race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, presence of a legally protected disability, or any other legally protected status.

Reference Guidelines

The Professional Gardener Program educates students to be professional horticulturists, skilled in the art and science of horticulture. The two-year education program combines rigorous academic curriculum and experiential work internships to prepare individuals for employment as professional horticulturists in public, private, and commercial horticulture. Matriculation in the Professional Gardener Program begins January of each year.

Students in the Program learn to identify, grow, and maintain superior, healthy plants indoors and outdoors. Students are educated in botany, horticulture, soil, and design principles, and they are given multiple opportunities to practice and communicate this knowledge.

The applicant has identified you as a person to serve as his/her work referee or academic referee. This information will help us to evaluate each applicant objectively. As part of the application process, the applicant has waived and renounced all rights of access, including those established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), to any letter or letters of reference or confidential letters of recommendation. Please, address the following in your respective letter of reference.

Work Reference:
 

  • Capacity in which you know the applicant
  • Commitment to excellence in performance
  • Skills learned and mastered
  • Ability to grasp new skills and solve problems
  • Leadership and ability to get along with others
  • Self-reliance and taking responsibility
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to set priorities and meet goals
  • Personality and attitude
  • Strengths and weaknesses

Academic Reference:
 

  • Capacity in which you know the applicant
  • Commitment to excellence in learning
  • Mastery of subject matter
  • Ability to grasp new concepts and theorize
  • Leadership and ability to get along with others
  • Self-reliance and taking responsibility
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to set priorities and meet goals
  • Personality and attitude
  • Strengths and weaknesses

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