Dreaming of working in an office? We didn’t think so.
It’s time to begin living your dream of connecting to nature while practicing a nurturing craft that is a unique blend of art and science: Horticulture. As you learn this venerable and age-old practice, you’ll experience the joy of taking responsibility for the future of the Earth. You’ll find the practice of horticulture personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding. Any resemblance to your dream job is purely intentional!
Horticulture education at Edmonds CC has three broad goals to assist students:
- to take responsibility for the future of the Earth through progressive, thoughtful horticulture practice;
- to attend to their personal and professional fulfillment as practicing horticulturists; and
- to competently and generously serve their communities through this craft.
The program focuses on the theoretical, or scientific, foundation of horticulture; the applied, or artistic, craft of horticulture, and the affective, or fulfilling, aspects of this practice. In other words, we offer a holistic, or organic, approach to horticulture education that addresses the intellectual, practical, and emotional development of our students toward becoming successful practicing horticulturists.
The horticulture curriculum is structured around two broad areas of study: landscape horticulture and plant production. No matter within which of these two areas your particular horticultural interests lie, every student receives training in basic horticultural sciences and practices that form the foundation of this field, such as botany, plant recognition, and soil science.
The landscape horticulture area contains the landscape management, landscape design, and restoration horticulture programs. The plant production area contains the nursery and greenhouse production and urban agriculture programs.
In the Horticulture Program You Can:
Earn a One-year certificate:
- Landscape Horticulture
- Nursery Growers
- Urban Agriculture: Enterprises
- Urban Agriculture: Production
- Urban Agriculture: Systems
Earn an ATA /Two-year degree:
- Landscape and Restoration Horticulture
- Landscape Design Specialization
- Ornamental Horticulture - Nursery/Greenhouse Specialization
You can begin any quarter of the year and can start with one or more classes. If you are working during the day, you can take classes or obtain your degree solely with evening and Saturday classes. Some courses are offered online. Courses may be waived with department permission for pertinent work experience.
Facilities: Offices, classrooms, and the greenhouse are located in modern facilities that are closely interwoven with the facilities of the college's Grounds Department. We work on projects on and off-campus depending on the nature of the class. Plant sales occur through the greenhouse classes on a regular basis.
Staff and Students:
Two full-time instructors and about 15 part-time instructors teach more than 300 students. All are well-versed in their subject matter and dedicated to the educational welfare of their classes.
Guest lecturers and the staff of the Grounds Department help at various points. About 40 percent of students choose to take only evening classes; about 60 percent of students are already working in the field, with 40 percent of those working already owning their own business. The average age currently is 38, with a range from 17 to 68. We are proud of a placement rate that has consistently exceeded 90 percent.