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Horticulture

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If you enjoy working outdoors, growing plants, and repairing damaged land and habitat, watch your opportunities bloom with an education in horticulture.

Gain the knowledge and skills to create green spaces using sustainable methods and techniques.

You will find jobs in areas such as plant production, landscape design, restoration horticulture, landscape management and installation, organic farming, and garden preservation. Our classes cover plant care, propagation and identification, integrated pest management, water conservation, and sustainable practices.

Our program offers students hands-on field experience while providing an excellent learning environment in the classroom. In addition to class work and field work, our department presents a variety of speakers each year and encourages student participation in professional and specialty organizations.

Our student and alumni professional network provides a chance for exchange of current information and excellent employment opportunities.

Time to Visit the Greenhouse:

When you buy plants from the Edmonds Community College Greenhouse, you get unique, healthy plants for your garden and you support Horticulture students.

In the Horticulture Program You Can: 

Earn a One-year certificate:

  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Nursery Crop Growing

Earn an ATA /Two-year degree:

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:

Three 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.

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Sustainable Agriculture Education

Learn to grow food and develop and
manage urban agriculture systems and
businesses for local markets and clients.

Find out more here.

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