College Profile: School of Professional Horticulture, New York Botanical Garden
The School of Professional Horticulture’s mission is to educate motivated individuals to become horticulturists of the highest caliber who will take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. One of the School’s many strengths is that it combines a strong academic curriculum with real-world experience gained by working alongside The New York Botanical Garden’s expert horticulture staff.
Professional horticulture is about utilizing art and science to beautify our surroundings so that others may enjoy and live a better life. Its very nature allows us to nurture and create an outdoor studio. The work also asks us to measure, research, and diagnose everything that a scientist conducts during fieldwork. The end result can be as spectacular as the Botanical Garden’s expansive grounds or as subtle as a single well-grown orchid.
At the School of Professional Horticulture, art and science form the very core of the program. Classe sizes are limited to 15 students per class to ensure that each student receives the appropriate amount of attention from staff and that teamwork is fostered. Students with diverse backgrounds yet shared interests and goals study, create, and refine their skills and knowledge. Within two years, they come to know the cultural needs of more than 1,000 plants and the common pests and diseases that accompany them, while working in state-of-the-art facilities and across our 250-acre landscape. Students learn about native plants, green roofs, sustainable practices in their coursework, during their horticulture rotations, and by attending special lectures and symposia sponsored by the Garden. Upon graduation, students leave knowing that they are well prepared to succeed in a wide variety of horticultural venues.
The program begins in February. Students tackle core courses in botany, math, and soil sciences. As the growing season approaches, the program shifts from the classroom to horticulture work rotations. Students participate in installing shows at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, growing display crops in the new Nolen Greenhouses, scouting pests in the different plant collections, and planting displays in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. At the same time, students will tackle the planting of the Student Garden, and participate in weekly plant walks and monthly fieldtrips to horticulture destinations.
As fall approaches, students return to the classroom to commence studies in landscape design and plant propagation. The work rotation segment is reduced and concentrated in indoor venues such as Plant Records and Greenhouse production. In addition to the coursework, the students design next year’s Student Garden and explore their second-year internship options.
The School has trained hundreds of skilled horticulturists, a majority of whom go on to work in key positions in the horticulture field in the capacity of estate managers, nursery and landscape business owners and managers, greenhouse growers, garden authors and photographers, designers, and gardeners. Alumni remain an integral part of the School and students have numerous opportunities to network with them.
2900 Southern Blvd.
718-817-8730 (financial aid)
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||Private not-for-profit, 2-year|
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|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
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||Employment services for students||No
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||ROTC: Air Force||
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