When you enroll in the Horticulture program, you will attend classes at our horticulture location adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Gardens off Warm Springs Avenue in Boise. The facility includes classrooms in a restored early 1900s home with two state-of-the-art greenhouses and over 20 acres of growing fields. There are also over 1,000 plant species growing in the Botanical Gardens next door. The AmericanHort Association of Horticulture Professionals, predicts that its industry will continue to have attractive openings for graduates. After completing this program, you will be in position to pursue careers working for retail and wholesale nurseries, land and park management, government agencies, landscape contractors, turf and golf industries, greenhouses, floral shops, and more. Potential jobs include working as a grower, propagator, nursery supervisor, arborist, landscape manager, landscape maintenance supervisor and urban farmer, among others.
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Why This Program
We prepare our horticulture graduates to work for retail and wholesale nurseries, public and private landscape maintenance and installation/construction companies and governmental agencies, greenhouses, urban farms, and community supported agriculture cooperatives. Graduates often start their own small businesses in various horticulture fields.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Identify and classify soils and plants, including flowers, shrubs, and trees
- Design, construct, and maintain landscapes
- Grow, care for, and arrange flowers
- Prune trees and shrubs properly
- Identify and manage plant pests and disease
- Propagate plants
- Manage greenhouses and nurseries
- Market horticulture goods and services
- Use pesticides and fertilizers safely and legally
- Communicate professionally, both in person and in writing
- Use business computer applications
- Conduct effective job searches
Our horticulture training involves classroom learning, as well as field trips to local growers and practical outdoor and plant-growing experience in the student greenhouses, and nurseries. Internships with area nurseries, landscape installation and maintenance companies, or greenhouses are also offered.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Horticulture Technology, Horticulturist, Associate of Applied Science
Horticulture Technology, Horticulturist, Advanced Technical Certificate
Horticulture Technology, Horticulture Assistant, Intermediate Technical Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Computer Literacy Skills
- Drawing and drafting capability
- Artistic ability and appreciation of gardening and landscaping
- Courses in biology, botany, art, design, and math
- Basic business management training
- Outdoor work enjoyment and capability
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Financial Aid Available
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The American Nursery & Landscape Association predicts that its industry will continue to have attractive openings for graduates. After completing this program, you will be in position to pursue careers working for wholesale nurseries, landscape contractors, floral shops, and more. Potential jobs include working as a grower, nursery crew supervisor, nursery inventory control specialist, and landscaping, among others.
- Nursery Crew Supervisor
- Nursery Inventory Control Specialist