Landscape Horticulture

Why Landscape Horticulture at DCTC?

The Landscape Horticulture program gives you the opportunity to follow a career that merges science and art while providing the ideal balance between physical exertion and intellectual achievement. You will get the hands-on experience you need to excel in your own area of specialized interest, including Landscape Design and Sales, Landscape Construction, Greenhouse Production, Sustainable Food Systems and Professional Gardening.

Because the green industry in the U.S. and around the world is focused on sustainability, the program's curriculum offers the most current best practices in the landscaping and horticultural industries. Whether you wish to be a landscape designer or professional horticulturist, or own your own landscaping business, or feed yourself and your neighbors as an urban agriculturist, you will obtain the skill set you need to flourish in your chosen field.    

Quick Facts

  • Professional gardeners in the U.S. earn an average salary of $40,000 a year  (SimplyHired).

  • Landscape designers in the U.S. earn a median salary of more than $40,000 a year (PayScale).

  • Greenhouse growers in the U.S. earn an average salary of $43,000 a year (SimplyHired).

  • Sustainable agriculture engages a full spectrum of environmentally-sound techniques, including organic, free-range, low-input, holistic and biodynamic.

  • The U.S. green industry boasts annual revenues of $61 billion, employing nearly 900,000 people while representing more than 416,000 businesses (July 2012 IBIS World Market Report).

  • The landscaping services market in the United States is expected to top  $80 billion by 2015 (Global Industry Analysts Report)

  • Sixty-three percent of people polled would be willing to pay more for an apartment or house located in an area with good green spaces; 34 percent cited good shopping with 33 percent looking for good cultural venues (Husqvarana Global Garden Report 2012)

  • Landscape Horticulture is the only program of its kind in the Upper Midwest accredited by the Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET.

  • Landscape Horticulture has a longstanding affiliation with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, or MNLA

  • Instructor Matt Brooks has a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; he earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne; check out his bio.

  • Instructor Jeff Kleinboehl graduated from DCTC in 1976 and three years later returned to his alma mater as an instructor; in 1985, he took over as the college’s full-time seasonal senior groundskeeper; check out his bio.

  • Instructor Catherine Grant is a 1980 graduate of UC Berkeley; she is also a University of Minnesota Master Gardener who runs her own landscaping business.

  • The program features a state-of-the-art greenhouse and a sustainable landscape demonstration garden.

  • You will benefit from hands-on labs and internships that are integral aspects of the program's curriculum.

  • Students in the program have registered the highest pass rate for any college in the MNLA Certified Landscape Professional Exam.