Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Plant Production Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Female Working in Plant Production Career

About this program

When a green career calls, you answer. At Penn College, you’ll meet your passion for plants head-on. Our robust program covers a broad base of foundational knowledge in everything from nursery and greenhouse plant production to plant, insect, and disease identification. And with extensive hands-on experience in our specialized labs, you’ll leave real-world ready to grow a career in this sustainable field.


Acre Arboretum


Square Feet of Greenhouses

2 Hydroponic Growing Systems


  • Plant propagator
  • Lead grower
  • Greenhouse and nursery production
  • Floral shop and garden center manager
  • Irrigation technician
  • Additional career paths

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)
  • Ornamental Plants (HRT113)
  • Sustainable Crop Production (HRT117)
  • Directed Landscape/Horticulture - Plant Production Elective (LPE)
  • Internship (HRT150)
  • Containerized Plant Production (HRT208)
  • Plant Propagation and Production (HRT209)
  • Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants (HRT241)

​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Basic Botany (BIO111)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Directed Landscape/Horticulture Business Elective (LHT)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​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)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
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.

Student Experience

"The small number of students in each lab allowed the professors more one-on-one time to make sure that each student thoroughly understood and was comfortable with what we were doing, which was a lifesaver for me."

Aaron Sledge

Landscape/Horticulture Technology


Earth Science Center

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

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.

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

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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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

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

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Popular poinsettia sale begins at ESC greenhouse

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


Students get alumni lesson in networking, confidence

Twenty members of the Horticulture Club and faculty members Justin Shelinski and Carl J. Bower Jr. enjoyed a pair of Tuesday ...


Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

​WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction ...

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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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Standout student featured in Lawn & Landscape Magazine

Landscape student, Kendra Snyder, was recently showcased in Lawn & Landscape, a popular industry publication among landscaping contractors and lawn care professionals. 

Check out her student spotlight

More Information

View general transfer information

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.

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

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. 

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.

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515