Professional Horticulture Program Application Information

Applications are currently closed

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, have 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 were accepted online from February 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022 for a mid-August 2022 program start date.

All Longwood staff, students, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved.

Selection Process

The Professional Horticulture (PH) Selection Committee will consider all complete and submitted applications received by March 31, 2022. Interviews will take place in late April, 2022. 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.


Please contact:
Office of Domestic & International Studies

Additional Information

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: Please list two professional references including name, title, place of employment, address of employment, phone number, and email address.