Landscape/Plant Production Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Landscape students on job site

About this program

You have a passion for plants. Love the great outdoors. And picture yourself actively immersed in a green career. Major in Landscape/Plant Production Technology at Penn College and you’ll learn what it takes thrive in a sustainable field. Choose from a variety of specialized landscape and plant production electives and cultivate a skillset that aligns with your career goals.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Acre Arboretum


Overall Placement

2 Hydroponic Growing Systems



At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture (HRT101)
  • Horticulture Equipment Operation and Safety (HRT102)
  • Soils and Fertilizers (HRT110)
  • Herbaceous Plants (HRT141)
  • Introduction to Plant Propagation (HRT142)
  • Woody Plants (HRT144)
  • Emerging Trends in Horticulture (HRT145)
  • Horticulture Accessories (HRT234)
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture (HRT123)
  • Internship (HRT150)
  • Containerized Plant Production (HRT208) or
  • Plant Management Practices (HRT237)
  • Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants (HRT241)
  • Computer Design Applications/Advanced Plants (HRT251)
  • Landscape Construction (HRT224) or
  • Advanced Plant Production Hemp and Hydro (HRT236)
  • Horticulture Operations and Strategies (HRT238)
  • Arboriculture (URF201) or
  • The Art of Floral Design (HRT260)
  • Sustainable Horticulture (HRT252)
  • Landscape Design (HRT225)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Business Mathematics (MTH113) or
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Featured Video

Virtual Tour

Join Assistant Professor Carl Bower on a tour of the extensive facilities for Penn College's Landscape/Plant Production program.

Earth Science Center

Earth Science Center

Gain real-world experience in our five-acre arboretum and 6,500 square feet of greenhouses.

Learning via Virtual Reality

Learning via Virtual Reality

Design a landscape. Then, use virtual reality software to take a 'step' inside your creation. This advanced learning aid is a real-world tool designers use to present concepts to clients.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Student Experience

"I get to work outside on all of the nicest days. I get to do what I love every day and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Will DeMarco, '19

Owner, Xavier Landscapes and Designs

Meet Will

Your Class in 60 Seconds

HRT260: The Art of Floral Design

HRT260 is a favorite elective for all. And it’s easy to see why. Once you know the fundamentals, there’s no wrong way to create your masterpiece. Just let your imagination run free. Check out the latest video for a preview of the popular course and start planning your next creation.

Upcoming Events

Explore Penn College

Alumni Video

Alums Help Longwood Gardens Bloom

Known as one of the premier public gardens in the world, Longwood Gardens features more than 1,077 acres of natural beauty. Two landscape/horticulture graduates help shape that magnificent scenery by serving as senior gardeners, using art and science -- "tools" gained at Penn College -- to craft fulfilling careers at the renowned attraction.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

National Association of Landscape Professionals
Central Penn Turf logo
Creative Plantscapes, Inc. logo
Davey Tree Expert Company logo
The F. A. Bartlett Experts logo
Good's Tree & Lawn Care logo
Hershey Gardens logo
PA Department of Transportation logo
Ruppert Landscape logo
Scott's Landscaping, Inc. logo
Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corp. logo
Turf Trade logo
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Horticulture Club

Horticulture Club

Promoting and advancing the field of horticulture, this club lends practical experience in the field along with industry exposure beyond classroom learning.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 60+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Association awards scholarships to Penn College students

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students have received a total of $8,000 in 2021-22 scholarships from the ...


Popular poinsettia sale returns to ESC greenhouse

The annual poinsettia sale at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse begins Wednesday and runs until ...


November’s ‘Service Saturday’ spreads holiday cheer

Twenty-two Penn College students who enjoy volunteering their time – including members of student organizations and the Wildcat ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Tools should not be purchased until you have consulted with your faculty adviser or have attended HRT101 the first week of classes.

View the Landscape/Horticulture Technology Required Tools

Uniform/Safety Protection (required for all labs)

  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection (ear plugs)
  • Work gloves
  • Thick sole leather steel-toe safety boots for work labs

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Whether you're a student, parent, or counselor, find out if the green industry is right for you.

Landscape Industry Careers is powered by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), an organization of industry experts who love the outdoors, relish the opportunity to enhance the environment through their daily work, and have a passion for bringing their customers’ outdoor visions to life. 

Seed Your Future is the movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants.

Landlovers is a website sponsored by the AmericanHort, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET).

  • Mr. Scott A Burk, Owner, Scott's Landscaping, Inc.
  • Ms. Melissa Cramer, '08, Landscape Designer, Scott's Landscaping, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Derk, President, Creative Plantscapes Inc.
  • Mr. Todd Grace, Lawn Care Technician, Good's Tree & Lawn Care
  • Mr. Ian Groy, '01, Arborist Representative, The F. A. Bartlett Experts
  • Mr. Adrian S Karver, Area Manager/Branch Safety Coordinator, Ruppert Landscape
  • Mr. Todd Mason, '91, Key Account Manager - Turf and Ornamental, Turf Trade
  • Mr. Steven Nagy, Foreman, Consulting Arborist, Recruiting/Trainer, Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Ms. Alyssa Richner, '10, Gardener, M. S. Hershey Foundations/Hershey Gardens
  • Mr. Justin Rinehimer, '17, '18, Owner, Stubbs Landscaping
  • Mr. Brett T Runkle, '94, Roadside Specialist, PA Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Aaron M Shippling, '82, Turf Care Specialist, Central Penn Turf
  • Mr. Gerrit Strathmeyer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corp.
  • Mr. Jeff Walizer, '93, Design/Sales, Creative Plantscapes, Inc.