Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Horticulture Technology

Horticulture Program Retirement


Following an intensive Program Review, the college has made the difficult decision to retire the Horticulture Program.
Horticulture is one of the college's oldest and most beloved programs, and we are saddened to have to send it into retirement. However, industries change and the nature of employment in those industries change.
New students will no longer be accepted into the Horticulture Program. Current Horticulture students will continue in the program without disruption until they complete their studies in the program.
The college will be advising students about their academic options, should they wish to continue their studies in other programs.
For more information, please see our FAQs on the Horticulture Program.



Degree options

Other options

  • Students in the Horticulture Technology program can enroll any quarter and can attend either part or full-time.
  • Students who complete the AAS in Horticulture Technology are eligible to transfer to the Evergreen State College with junior standing.

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Peter Punzi
(360) 596-5473

The Certificate of Proficiency in Landscape Horticulture requires 6 prescribed core horticulture classes, 2 elective horticulture classes and 4 credit hours of cooperative work experience/internship. This certificate can be completed in one year if enrolled full-time. 

The Certificate of Proficiency in Sustainable Plant Production requires 7 prescribed core horticulture classes, 1 elective horticulture class and 4 credits of cooperative work experience/internship.  This certificate can be completed in one year if enrolled full-time.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all core and general education requirements.

Basic skills requirements must be met prior to completion of all certificates and /or degrees. 

What You'll Do Here
Students in the Horticulture Technology program experience both theoretical and practical applications in landscape design, installation and maintenance (both indoors and outdoors), plant identification, soils and plant nutrition, plant propagation, production and marketing and use of native plants in the landscape. The program focuses on sustainable practices that conserve and protect limited resources.  The pros and cons of both organic and nonorganic materials and methods are presented.  A cooperative work experience/internship in the industry is a key requirement for both certificates and the AAS degree 

This program prepares students for employment in the horticulture industry in the areas of landscape design, construction and/or maintenance (both indoors and outdoors), plant production facilities and retail garden centers.  Other opportunities exist in arboriculture, estate gardening, park facility management, ecological restoration, irrigation design, installation and maintenance, equipment dealerships and golf courses.  Students graduating from the program can also learn the skills necessary to start their own business.



Student Resources

Agriculture Center of Excellence