No other program combines practical experience, coursework, interactive projects, and study abroad opportunities—tuition free.
Applications for 2022 are currently closed.
Our two-year Professional Horticulture program (formerly called the Professional Gardener Program) offers hands-on learning alongside our expert staff in one of the great gardens of the world. Whether you are currently working in the field, a recent high school or college graduate, or looking to change careers, our program prepares graduates to enjoy successful careers in public, private, or 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.
All Longwood staff, students, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved.
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Learn More About the Program
If you’re considering applying to the program, view this recorded webinar to learn more about the program, hear from existing students, and get your questions answered. Applications for 2022 are currently closed. The program begins in August 2022.