Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture

  • School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences
  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 63

This degree from Vermont Tech opens so many doors, and not just to the greenhouse. Whether you want to become a landscaper, business manager, or soil technician, you will have a rewarding, high-tech career making the world a little bit greener. The landscape industry offers a broad variety of careers to choose from, as outlined in this professional association article.

As a properly trained landscape professional, you will have hands-on experience with chemistry, botany, pest management, and small business operations. You can use that knowledge to affect changes in the climate and create environmentally-friendly designs. Your education and lab work will be provided by our supportive staff, dedicated technicians, and the Vermont Tech Greenhouse.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of freehand sketching; presentation graphics and layout; and CAD as effective tools to formulate, explore, communicate, and present design ideas
  • Communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients and coworkers
  • 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 a healthy plant environment
  • Install, operate, and understand greenhouse and nursery environmental systems
  • Understand integrated pest management
  • Use appropriate computer applications
  • Take base plan measurements and study historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and holistic landscape designs
  • Identify, produce, and use herbaceous and woody ornamental plants
  • Diagnose insect and disease problems and use integrated approaches for their management
  • Understand soil properties
  • Demonstrate plant selection, planting, propagation, and pruning practices
  • Understand cultural requirements and practices and maintenance
  • Demonstrate the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business, including marketing, management skills, and generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry

Some courses are offered every other year.

Careers in the Landscape Industry

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2018)

Job Projections
Job projections

Openings data: The landscape industry hires 300,000 people annually (source: National data: Occupational openings, projected 2016-26 annual average (source: BLS)

Median Pay
Landscape Estimators (avg.)
All Occupations

Median Pay (Landscape Estimator - average) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Sources: NALP Foundation Landscape Industry Careers Survey, BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'18
  • Henderson's Tree and Garden Ground Level Landscaping
  • Broadleaf Cedar Hill Nursery
  • Chippers S&D Landscapes LLC
  • East Hill Tree Farm Frost Gardens
  • Gilbreath Landscapes MJS Lawncare and Lawnscape Inc
  • Pellettierie Associates Rugg Valley Landscaping
  • Grass Gauchos LLC Hedgehog Hill Apiary
  • Henderson’s Tree Service Town of Hanover, NH
  • King Enterprises Di Stefano Landscaping
  • Cuttin' it Close
  • Owner/Manager Landscaper
  • Franchise Manager Nursery Worker/Grafter
  • Owner Lead Stocker
  • Gardener Landscape Management

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