The Gardens will close at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 23, for all but Fireworks & Fountains ticketholders. Last entry for both Members and timed ticketholders is 3:30 pm. Tickets for Saturday’s Fireworks & Fountains Show are sold out.
No other program combines practical experience, coursework, interactive projects, and study abroad opportunities—tuition free.
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.
2021 Professional Horticulture Program graduate Billy Russel takes you on a tour of the garden he designed with his colleagues Courtney England and Wyatt Emig entitled Dubious Questions of the Soul. Billy lets us in on his personal journey designing the garden and finding a lifelong passion in horticulture.
2021 Professional Horticulture Program graduate Hannah Watts takes you on a tour of the garden she designed with her colleagues Lauren Meyer and Mel Ciliberto entitled In Flames that centers around the theme of fire.
2021 Professional Horticulture Program graduate Mark Volpe takes you on a tour of the garden he designed with his colleagues Kaylene Argot and Miguel Loredo entitled Two Roads that interprets a poem by Robert Frost.