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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
  • Professionalism

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.

Questions? Please contact:

Office of Domestic & International Studies