The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department offers academic programs leading to certificates and/or degrees in several disciplines. Our Landscape Design and Construction program has been extremely popular for many years, and many graduates have developed lasting and successful careers as independent landscape designers and/or contractors. More recently, our Landscape Architecture degree program provides access to this profession by satisfying the educational component required for licensure.
Other popular programs include Basic Landscape Horticulture, Nursery Management, Landscape & Parks Maintenance, and Permaculture Design. All of our programs can be explored in more depth by using the links at left.
In addition to our academic programs, we offer educational opportunities for both career enhancement and personal enrichment. Urban Community Gardening, a no-fee, open-entry-exit class, provides anyone with a venue and method for supporting and giving back to their community. Students attending our Floral Design classes often go on to build their own floristry businesses. We also offer an extensive curriculum in Aesthetic Pruning, an ecologically sound practice that supports the health of individual plants, gardens, and the regional environment. Many of our horticulture students find that aesthetic pruning ends up being their preferred career path.