Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture
- Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Location: Randolph Center Campus
- Credit Requirements: 63
Interested in landscape design and plant science? At Vermont Tech, you'll gain the scientific, creative, technical, and business skills necessary to grow a variety of plant crops as well as design and manage landscapes that enhance our environment.
The LDSH program is unique in that it combines the theory and practice of horticultural science and landscape design, construction, and management. As part of our program, you will identify and propagate woody and herbaceous ornamental plants; diagnose and create preventive plans for insect and disease problems; and manage nutrients and water for plant crops. You will also gain fluency in design practices such as analyzing a site for the best design fit; taking site measurements and creating base maps; developing conceptual design ideas; and designing planting plans for real-world projects through hand drafting and computer-aided drafting programs.
Graduates of this program pursue careers in the fields of landscape design and plant science, obtaining positions as landscape designers; contractors; greenhouse managers; perennial growers; plant propagators; nursery and garden center operators; arborists; technicians for state and federal agencies; and horticulture supply representatives. Those who complete the associate degree may continue seamlessly into the bachelor’s degree program in Business Technology & Management or Diversified Agriculture.
A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture will be able to:
- Demonstrate a mastery of freehand sketching, presentation graphics, presentation layout, and CAD as effective tools for the formulation, exploration, communication, and presentation of design ideas
- Communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients, customers, and coworkers, both through the written and spoken word;
- Demonstrate excellent listening and interpersonal skills;
- Exhibit professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations
- Comprehend, analyze, solve, and apply materials and methods of construction;
- Understand site engineering issues such as grading and drainage;
- Create and maintain healthy plant environments;
- Install, operate, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems;
- Understand integrated pest management;
- Use appropriate computer applications
- Demonstrate fundamental design principles and practice, including site analysis;
- Take base plan measurements and prepare and study historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and holistic landscape designs
- Comprehend, analyze, solve, and apply identification, production, and use of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants
- Diagnose insect and disease problems and assimilate integrated, environmentally safe, and sustainable approaches for their management
- Understand soil properties
- Demonstrate landscape applications such as plant selection, planting and pruning practices
- Understand cultural requirements and practices and maintenance
- Demonstrate practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business
- Understand marketing (product, place, pricing, and promotion) and management skills
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry
- Demonstrate mastery of essential “soft skills”: interpersonal communication, professionalism, and teamwork
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- I am able to dig in and get my hands dirty in the field during class.
- I enjoy Vermont Tech’s small class size.
- I am so happy to know more about landscaping than I ever thought possible.
- I am incredibly happy with my choice.
- Vermont Tech’s Ag program is like one big family.
- I get lots of experience at the farm and in the classroom.
- My professors know me by name
- I am a student leader
- I am a peer mentor to other students
- Started the Multicultural Club at Vermont Tech
- Engineering is a good fit; it keeps me busy.
- Luckily for me, engineering pays well.
- With a Vermont Tech degree, my tuition will pay off.
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- I've lived on campus the whole time
- Vermont is a great place to live
- Currently going for a second degree
- I’m hooked on flying
- I can rebuild a damaged airplane
- I attended the Women in Aviation Conference
- I can’t wait to join the U.S. Forest Service
- I work in the Student Affairs Office.
- I plan on enrolling in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program next year.
- I want to figure out a way to give back to the manufacturing community after I earn my degree.
- I’m a TRIO mentor and tour guide.
- I’m pursuing my dream career.
- I’m doing this all on my own, but feel supported at school.
- I’m excited to be getting into my field quickly.
- I work 40 hours a week at a bank and take six classes.
- I am pushing myself to always make the Dean’s List.
- I look forward to earning my degree.
- I have enjoyed Vermont Tech’s small size and helpful faculty.
- My tuition money won’t go to waste.
- I’ll make a high salary as an electrical engineer.
Education & Career Opportunities
Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture
Vermont Tech Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.
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