Designed for recent high school graduates to those looking to change careers, the two-year Professional Horticulture program (formerly called the Professional Gardener Program) offers the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning alongside our expert staff in one of the great gardens of the world. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in public, private, and commercial horticulture, and join a network of Longwood alumni working in leadership positions around the globe.
During the program, students are immersed through six core modules, each with a compelling mix of coursework and masterclasses, hands-on practical experiences, field trips, and certification opportunities. The core modules include:
Fundamentals of Horticulture
Plant Health Care
Horticultural Crop Production
Plant Identification and Culture
Design & Landscape Maintenance
Integrated in the modules are experiential learning projects; the design and maintenance of a Student Exhibition Garden; real-world production of produce in partnership with our Terrace Restaurant; opportunities for personalized learning; and much more.
In addition to being tuition-free, our Professional Horticulture Program enables students to live rent-free on the Longwood grounds, receive hourly pay, and enjoy a number of other benefits.
*Completed applications for our 2020 Professional Horticulture Program must be received by May 1, 2020. The program is anticipated to begin in August 2020; interviews and program start dates will be evaluated and amended as necessary in response to COVID-19 developments.