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
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)
- 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
Student StoriesJack Beauparlant
- 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.
Student StoriesCourtney Banach
- 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.
Student StoriesKara Bazile
- 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
Student StoriesBrad Remillard
- 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.
Student StoriesJamie Heiam
- 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
Student StoriesEmma Saucier
- 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.
Student StoriesJenny Yang
- 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.
Student StoriesMelaney MacKay
- 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.
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