In New York, individuals interested in studying landscape design can find stand-alone courses covering such topics as permaculture design or garden design. More commonly, though, they take courses as part of a larger certificate, minor or degree program in landscape architecture or design, ornamental or general horticulture, landscape management, landscape contracting or plant science. Degree programs are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
Many programs integrate an internship, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in the field; some schools also allow students to work in on-campus gardens, greenhouses or arboretums. Additionally, several schools have student horticulture clubs that may be of interest to aspiring landscape designers.
Although it isn't necessary to earn a certificate or a degree for a career in landscaping, it can help individuals move to management positions faster. Landscaping courses and programs can also make graduates more competitive since they are trained in the business of horticulture, taught to care for plants and instructed in proper landscape design. The following public and private 2- and 4-year schools in New York offer courses and programs that pertain to landscaping.
New York City's Columbia College's School of Continuing Education provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines and gain hands-on experience applying theories and concepts. Students can earn a Master of Science in Landscape Design, which includes classes in landscape design history, technical landscape design, studio design and an internship. They learn to use landscape terminology, design and model landscapes, use various plants in a landscape and assess the quality of a landscape. Altogether, the part-time program takes about five semesters to complete.
Cornell University in Ithaca offers a variety of stand-alone courses in horticulture which include studies in landscape design, a minor in horticulture, a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science, a Master of Science in Horticulture or a Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture. Stand-alone courses include garden design and permaculture design. The minor covers landscaping methods and managing plants and the bachelor's degree program explores using plants for nutrition, landscaping and medicinal purposes. Graduate students can pursue a concentration in horticultural crop and landscape management or horticulture biology. Students can also participate in the Hortus Forum, the university's horticulture club, and gain research experience through the Long Island Horticulture Research Laboratory.
CUNY Bronx Community College
CUNY Bronx Community College in Bronx offers an Associate in Applied Science in Ornamental Horticulture, a joint program with the New York Botanical Garden. They can select from specializations in general horticulture, commercial floristry or interior landscaping. The general horticulture courses cover plants used in landscaping, grounds maintenance, theories of landscape design, plant propagation and managing a greenhouse. During the second year of the program, students have the opportunity to acquire real-world horticulture experience.
Farmingdale State College
Farmingdale State College, located in Farmingdale, offers many programs that pertain to landscaping, including a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture, an Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Development, an Associate in Applied Science in General Horticulture and a Bachelor of Technology in Horticulture Technology Management. These programs address landscape drafting, woody plants, landscape construction, soil science, landscape plans and the horticulture business. The courses train students to apply horticulture knowledge, design landscapes and use math and business skills in the field of horticulture. Students can also join the Horticulture Club.
Finger Lakes Community College
At Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, students can explore the outdoor nature trails, put their children in the child care center or visit the arboretum and the greenhouse. They can earn a 1-year Horticulture Certificate or Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture. Both programs include studies in plant materials, soil science and introductory horticulture. The associate's degree program also addresses landscaping plants and land preservation. Enrollees take field trips to gardens in New York, Ohio, Canada and Massachusetts, complete an internship and gain experience working in local gardens. They can also participate in campus clubs, such as the Horticulture Club and the Viticulture Club.
Morrisville State College
At Morrisville State College in Morrisville, students can select from an Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture, an Associate in Science in Landscape Architecture Studies or a Bachelor of Technology in Horticulture Business Management. Through the associate's degree program in horticulture, students can select from a specialization in landscape development, greenhouse production or floral design. The landscape architecture studies program focuses on landscape planning and designing and students have the opportunity to work on design projects. The bachelor's degree program includes courses in greenhouse production, plant protection, landscape planning, landscape design, horticulture practices and horticulture business.
Niagara County Community College
Students at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to interact with the faculty and staff. Individuals who are interested in landscaping can earn a Horticulture Certificate. The certificate trains them in the principles of horticulture, such as caring for plants and pest management, through courses in plant protection, woody landscape plants and soil science. Students complete a horticulture externship during the second semester. They can also join Ornamental Horticulture, the campus horticulture club.
School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden
The School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden is located in Bronx. Only 15 students are accepted into each class and they must have at least 1800 hours of horticulture experience. After two years, students graduate from the professional horticulture program, which is designed by horticulturalists. They complete courses pertaining to botany, horticulture, landscape design, business management and personal development. They receive specialized training through internships and field trips and complete rotations for hands-on experience at gardens including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.
SUNY College of Architecture and Technology at Cobleskill
SUNY College of Architecture and Technology's Cobleskill campus offers two programs for individuals interested in landscaping. Learners can pursue an Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Development or a Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Contracting. The associate's degree program trains students to identify about 200 plants in the northeastern states, including trees, shrubs and vines, maintain plants, design salable landscapes, identify plant diseases and test soil. Through the bachelor's degree program, students learn to design, install and continue the care of landscapes. Students can also participate in the Plant Science Club, which is designed to provide them with an understanding of the horticultural field.
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
Delhi's SUNY College of Technology offers two programs in landscaping, an Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture and an Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Design and Management. The horticulture program focuses on plants and working with plants, but also trains students to use plants to design landscapes. The program in landscape design and management trains students to design, install and manage residential and commercial landscapes. Students gain hands-on experience by working in the landscape design studio, the display gardens, the 280-acre arboretum, the tree and shrub nursery and the campus greenhouses. They can also participate in the Horticulture Club.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Landscaping Courses Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Columbia University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Science in Landscape Design||$59,430*|
|Cornell University||4-year, private not-for profit; small city|| Stand-Alone Horticulture Courses,
Minor in Horticulture,
Bachelor of Science in Plant Science,
Master of Science in Horticulture,
Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture
|CUNY Bronx Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Ornamental Horticulture||$5,206 in-state, $8,086 out-of-state*|
|Farmingdale State College||4-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture,
Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Development,
Associate in Applied Science in General Horticulture,
Bachelor of Technology in Horticulture Technology Management
|$8,306 in-state, $18,068 out-of-state*|
|Finger Lakes Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Horticulture Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture
|$5,158 in-state, $7,450 out-of-state*|
|Morrisville State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; distant rural|| Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture,
Associate in Science in Landscape Architecture Studies,
Bachelor of Technology in Horticulture Business Management
|$8,670 in-state, $18,720 out-of-state*|
|Niagara County Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Horticulture Certificate||$4,923 in-state, $9,315 out-of-state*|
|School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden||2-year, private not-for-profit, large city||2-Year Training Program in Professional Horticulture||$8,000*|
|SUNY College of Architecture and Technology at Cobleskill||4-year, public; distant town|| Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Development,
Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Contracting
|$8,654 in-state, $18,434 out-of-state*|
|SUNY College of Technology at Delhi||4-year, primarily associate's, public; remote rural|| Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture,
Associate in Applied Science in Landscape Design and Management
|$8,360 in-state, $12,330 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator