Landscape Horticulture

Landscape Horticulture

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Landscape Horticulture - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr. Rosemount
 Landscape Horticulture - Diploma 64 cr. Rosemount

Delivery: Daytime Classes | Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time

Major Description

This program provides the technical, plant science and business skills needed to succeed in the Landscape/Horticulture industry. First-year students learn the fundamental science and technical skills related to all fields of Landscape/Horticulture. Second-year students elect to specialize in one of three interest areas: Greenhouse Production, Landscape Construction, and Landscape Design and Sales.

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Work Environment

Landscape/Horticulture professionals design, install and care for residential, commercial and public landscapes. They find work with companies that provide landscape design, construction and maintenance services, as well as garden centers, nurseries, golf courses and municipal parks and public works departments.


Professional Landcare Network Accreditation SealThe Landscape Horticulture program is nationally accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the industry's top national trade organization. The program is currently the only PLANET accredited program in Minnesota,

This means that we follow a national curriculum model prepared by national leaders of the industry and educators from around the nation.

Three times since 1986 a visiting committee has evaluated our program by examining our curriculum and facilities as well as interviewing students, graduates, employers, and the college administration. They have made valuable suggestions which we have used to improve our program over the years.

This accreditation ensures the best and most current education is offered that meets student and industry needs. It also provides the program with a national presence and a rich array of national contacts.

For more information and details of the standards required to achieve certification see the PLANET website

Landscape Horticulture on Social Media

As a student majoring in Landscape Horticulture, you can get the latest news on your program and the green industry by following your instructors and fellow students on social media.

Visit Landscape Horticulture on Facebook

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Related Programs

Visit our Design & Technology page to explore programs related to Landscape Horticulture.

Landscape Horticulture Advisor & Instructors
Serena Jones
Matthew Brooks
Jeffrey Kleinboehl
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Program Costs*

Landscape Horticulture
  Landscape Horticulture
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Landscape Horticulture
Diploma – 64 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $20.81/cr. $20.81/cr.
Tools/Equipment $200 $200
Textbooks $1,090 $850
Personal Property Fee $185 $185
Grand Total $15,137.72 $13,379.64

*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Landscape Horticulture

According to The Land Lovers, an advocacy organization for the nursery and landscape industries, an immense array of job possibilities are open for people wishing to follow their green dreams. Some examples of where you could work include:

  • Your own landscape design, installation and maintenance business
  • Arboretums and botanical gardens
  • Garden centers, greenhouses and nurseries
  • Parks and community centers
  • College and university campuses
  • Residential, municipal and business landscapes

The American Society of Horticultural Science, or ASHS, adds the following areas with fertile career potential:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Golf and Sports Turf
  • Landscape Design
  • Owner & Entrepreneur
  • Writing & Communication
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Public Service
  • Production Management
  • Sales & Marketing

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Landscape Designer/Project Manager
  • Landscape Construction/Maintenance Supervisor
  • Professional Gardener
  • Turf & Grounds Manager
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Plant Production Specialist
  • Hardscape Technician

Gainful Employment Reports

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Transfer Options

Landscape Horticulture

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Agreement with the University of Minnesota College of Design

For DCTC students wishing to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED), our Landscape Horticulture program offers a pathway through an agreement with the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities College of Design.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Landscape Horticulture

The Landscape Horticulture program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success, student projects and field trips, and the accomplishments of our Landscape Horticulture instructors.

Landscape Horticulture on Social Media

As a student majoring in Landscape Horticulture, you can get the latest news on your program and the green industry by following your instructors and fellow students on social media.

Visit Landscape Horticulture on Facebook

Like us on Facebook for an inside view of the program.


Landscape Horticulture in the News

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Clubs & Organizations

Landscape Horticulture

As a student in DCTC's Landscape Horticulture program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the green industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations

Getting Connected on Campus

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Landscape Horticulture students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the interior design field. The following two clubs are open to all Landscape Horticulture students:

Landscape Horticulture Club
The Landscape Horticulture Club serves students by offering various opportunities for educational and professional enrichment:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Students from many programs of study—including Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Landscape Horticulture and Interior Design—come together in the USGBC-DCTC Student Group to learn and participate in hands-on green building experiences. USGBC students engage in service-learning projects while advocating for sustainable practices and policies on campus. The group facilitates site visits to green buildings as well as attendance at green building conferences and events, providing experiences that are both fun and educational. Visit our U.S. Green Building Council-DCTC Student Group on Facebook.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.