Gain skills in:
- Wholesale production, retail sales, and marketing of horticulture crops
- Extensive tree, shrub, vines, groundcover, and herbaceous plant identification as well as horticultural use and maintenance
- Identifying and evaluating horticultural problems created by insects, diseases, and physiopaths and implement pest management plans
- Sales and marketing of landscape and greenhouse plant material, including computer and internet tools for business management
- Practices in sustainability and application in plant production
Students have the opportunity to gain experience in the hydroculture lab. This educational laboratory, promoting sustainable agriculture, will provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills for the production of earth friendly growing environments.
Depending on the electives chosen, students prepare for careers in all phases of the plant production industry, including woody landscape plants and herbaceous plants used in the landscape, greenhouse, floriculture, and vegetable trade. Sustainability from an environmental and economic perspective is highlighted.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Careers in the following segments of the plant production or "green" industry are available: landscape design and installation; floral shop and garden center manager; horticultural product marketing and merchandising; plant propagator; lead grower; lab technician; greenhouse and nursery production specialist of annuals, perennials, tropical, and woody plants; arborist/tree care specialist; landscape foreman/supervisor; landscape management; estate gardener; field manager; irrigation technician; horticulture product buyer; horticulturist with an institutional or government agency.
Top paying states for this occupation are located in the northeast region of the United States.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for first-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers was $46,960 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $78,920.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Support Activities for Crop Production||8,830||$22.10||$45,970|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||1,280||$24.95||$51,900|
|Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only)||1,250||$26.47||$55,070|
|Support Activities for Animal Production||1,110||$24.06||$50,040|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Students in this major are required to complete a 400 hour internship, that often leads to employment. It is typically done in the summer between the first and second year of coursework.
Many companies in Pennsylvania and across the country have served as internship sites, learning about the fields of landscape design, sports turf, tree care, nursery, and greenhouse.
We have had interns placed at these locations and many other businesses across the state and country:
- Bailey Nursery
- Dahlkemper Landscape & Architects & Contractors
- Eichenlaub, Inc
- Little League International
- Valley Crest Landscaping
- Bartlett Tree Experts
- Davis Landscape, LTD
- Erb Brothers Landcaping, Inc.
- Longwood Gardens
- Ruppert Landscaping
- Eaton Farms
- TruGreen Landcare
- Moon Nurseries of MD
- Denison Landscaping and Nursery, Inc.
Read more about the required internship.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Tools should not be purchased until you have consulted with your faculty adviser or have attended HRT101 the first week of classes.
Uniform (required for all labs)
- Hard hat
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection (ear plugs)
- Work gloves
- Knee pads
- Thick sole leather steel-toe safety boots for work labs
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Landscape Horticulture Technology Advisory Committee
- 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, 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, Central Penn Turf
- Mr. Gerrit Strathmeyer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corp.
- Mr. Jeff Walizer, '93, Design/Sales, Creative Plantscapes, Inc.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.