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Home » Catalog » Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture

Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture

Graduates of this program are eminently qualified for a wide range of successful careers in landscape design and horticulture such as: landscape designers; contractors and maintenance personnel; greenhouse operators; perennial growers; plant propagators; nursery and garden center operators; arborists; technicians for state and federal regulatory agencies; and horticultural supply reps. Projected job growth is excellent and there is a steady trend toward higher salaries and benefits in this field.

The LDSH program is unique in that it combines the theory and practice of horticultural science and landscape design, construction, and management. The core curriculum features courses such as Woody Ornamentals; Herbaceous Plant Materials; Entomology and Ecological Pest Management; Landscape Graphics; Landscape Design; Greenhouse Management; Landscape Construction; and Plant Pathology.

In addition to the above courses, students take math, English, general education, and a business sequence (accounting, marketing, small business). Graduates from this program are well-prepared to enter today’s dynamic horticultural industry or to continue their education at Vermont Tech or at another four-year college or university. 

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture learn the following competencies:
  • Graphic Communication Skills: demonstrate an appropriate mastery of freehand sketching, board drafting, presentation graphics, and CAD as effective tools for the formulation, exploration, communication, and presentation of design ideas
  • Communication Skills: demonstrate a high level of ability to communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients, customers, and coworkers, both through the written and spoken word; demonstrate excellent listening and interpersonal skills; demonstrate the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations
  • Technical Skills: demonstrate a high level of comprehension and the ability to analyze, solve, and apply the following: materials and methods of construction (the respective roles of specifications and drawings; the development of design intentions at the site and detail level; and their resolution according to sound principles of construction; surveying techniques in preparation of a base map; construction of stone walls and patios; statics and mechanics of basic landscape construction materials; and estimating and bidding); site engineering issues such as grading and drainage; the creation and maintenance of healthy plant environments, both indoors and outdoors; legal issues and regulations as they apply to land use, landscape construction, and/or installation; the installation, operation, advantages, and disadvantages of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems; integrated pest management; and the utilization of appropriate computer applications
  • Design Skills: integrate fundamental design principles and practice, including site analysis; base plan measurements and preparation; and study of historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and holistic landscape designs. This includes working drawings, presentation drawings, client/jury evaluations, and write-up. This course of study culminates in a proposed master plan project that integrates all aspects of design study
  • Horticultural Skills: demonstrate a high level of comprehension and the ability to analyze, solve, and apply the following: identification, production, and use of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants; propagation; diagnosis of insect and disease problems and the assimilation of integrated, environmentally safe, and sustainable approaches for their management; soil properties; and landscape applications such as plant selection, planting and pruning practices, cultural requirements, cultural practices, and maintenance
  • Business Skills: examine and analyze: practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business; marketing (product, place, pricing, and promotion); management skills. Demonstrate a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry. Demonstrate a high level of ability in such essential “soft skills” as interpersonal communication, professionalism, and teamwork
The normal number of credits required for the degree is 63.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CIS 1050 Intro to Spreadsheets 1 BIO 1220  Botany 4
ENG 10XX  English  3 BUS 2210 Small Business Management 3
LAH 1020  Introduction to Horticulture 3 LAH 1031  CAD for Landscape Apps 2
LAH 1021  Landscape Graphics 3 LAH 2011  Introduction to Landscape Design 3
LAH 1030  Woody Ornamentals 3 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
MAT 1210 -Principles of Mathematics 3   15
    Summer Semester  
    LAH 2801  Summer Internship 0

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2040  Entomology/Ecological Pest Mgmnt 3 BIO 2030  Plant Pathology 3
LAH 1050  Introduction to Soils 4 BUS 2230  Principles of Marketing 3
LAH 2010  Landscape Construction & Management 4 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
LAH 2020  Plant Propagation 3 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
LAH 2030  Herbaceous Plant Materials 3 LAH 2720  LSDH Seminar 2
LAH 2802  Internship Review 1  Select one:  

18 LAH 1040  Greenhouse Management 4

LAH 2012  Advanced Landscape Design 3

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