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Professional Horticulture Program
Application Information

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, have paid work experience in horticulture, possess a valid driver’s license, and possess an interest in continued study and practice in the profession of horticulture. Applications are accepted online from March 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 for a mid-August 2021 program start date.

Selection Process

The Professional Horticulture (PH) Selection Committee will consider all complete and submitted applications received by April 30, 2021. Interviews will take place in May 2021. Only 8-10 applicants will be offered admission into the program annually. If selected for admission into the program, candidates must pass a drug screening test to complete their admission. Professional Horticulture students are employees of Longwood Gardens, thus proof of citizenship and/or employment eligibility will be required before starting the Professional Horticulture program.

Additional Information

Questions? Please contact:
Office of Domestic & International Studies
edu-studies@longwoodgardens.org
610.388.5239

All application materials must be submitted through our online system and include:

  • Essay: Submit an essay (fewer than 500 words) answering the following questions:

    Why have you chosen horticulture as a career?

    Why have you applied for the Professional Horticulture program and how do you think the program will advance you personally and professionally?

  • Résumé: Submit a summary of your work and educational experiences.

  • Official Transcript(s): If you have been awarded an undergraduate or graduate degree, request an official college/university transcript from the degree-granting institution. Otherwise, request an official transcript from the respective institutions for all high school, college, and/or university courses. Transcripts should be mailed to you, then uploaded as a PDF into the system.

  • Work and Academic References: Two reference letters are required, one from an employer or work supervisor and one from an academic advisor or faculty member. Reference letters should be uploaded as a PDF into the system.

Reference Guidelines

Designed for recent high school graduates to those looking to change careers, the two-year Professional Horticulture 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 master classes, hands-on practical experiences, field trips, and certification opportunities. Students in the Program learn to identify, grow, and maintain superior, healthy plants indoors and outdoors. Students are educated in botany, horticulture, soil, and design principles, and they are given multiple opportunities to practice and communicate this knowledge.

The applicant has identified you as a person to serve as a work reference or academic reference.

Work Reference:

  • Capacity in which you know the applicant
  • Commitment to excellence in learning
  • Skills learned and mastered
  • Ability to grasp new skills and solve problems
  • Leadership and ability to get along with others
  • Self-reliance and taking responsibility
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to set priorities and meet goals
  • Strengths and weaknesses

Academic Reference:

  • Capacity in which you know the applicant
  • Commitment to excellence in performance
  • Mastery of subject matter
  • Ability to grasp new concepts
  • Leadership and ability to get along with others
  • Self-reliance and taking responsibility
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to set priorities and meet goals
  • Strengths and weaknesses

Apply by April 30, 2021.

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