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
  • Propagate
  • 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

News & Events

Students in the Vermont Tech Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture program recently completed a beautiful campus upgrade. The class worked together with professionals from Techo-Bloc, Northern Nurseries, and Trowel Trades Supply to create a new stone sitting area that everyone can enjoy... Read More
Slogging through the mud, hauling two freshly constructed 500-pound wooden foot bridges up a forest trail is not the usual activity you find listed in a Vermont Tech course syllabus.  But that was exactly the task facing this year’s Landscape Construction and Management class as they built and... Read More
“As a small business owner, there are going to be late nights,” says student Jack Beauparlant. “It's hard at times but it definitely pays off. At the end of the day I know that I've worked hard for it and I've done it all myself.” Beauparlant runs his own landscaping business called Cuttin' It... Read More
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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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