Horticulture Technology, Horticulturist


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

Additional Opportunities

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.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at cwidaho.cc/ge

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Horticulture Technology, Horticulturist, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Horticulture Technology, Horticulturist, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Horticulture Technology, Horticulture Assistant, Intermediate Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

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


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

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.

Career Info

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.


  • Landscaping
  • Grower
  • Nursery Crew Supervisor
  • Nursery Inventory Control Specialist
  • Horticulturist


CWI Horticulture

2444 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712

News and Blogs

The College of Western Idaho Horticulture and Life Science Programs would like to invite you to the sixth annual CWI Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the east entrance of the Nampa Campus Academic Building.

Visit the CWI Native Plant Garden...

The program welcomed 20 employers to campus on Feb. 10 to meet with students about internships and employment opportunities.

Dan Schults (Horticulture Technology) has been selected as the September Faculty of Distinction.  Dan was nominated by a student who had, in part, the following to say about him:

“Dan is one of the most forward thinking people I have ever met. He instills values in his...

CWI Alumnae Shawn Gayner, 2016

Shawn Gayner, who graduated from CWI in May, is one of 30 students in the nation selected to attend Dartmouth College as a Veterans Posse Scholar.

The annual sale features tomatoes, peppers, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and more. Proceeds support the program.

The CWI Foundation has received a $2,000 donation from the Idaho Gardener’s Association.


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