The Gardens will close at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 7, for all but Fireworks & Fountains ticketholders. Last entry for both Members and timed ticketholders is 3:30 pm. Fireworks & Fountains Show tickets for Saturday 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.