Horticulture Technology


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

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Horticulture Technology



Delivery Formats:

Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture Technology



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Intermediate Technical Certificate in Horticulture Technology



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*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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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


CWI Horticulture

2444 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712

News and Blogs

CWI Alumnae Shawn Gayner, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:00am
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.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:15pm
The annual sale features tomatoes, peppers, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and more. Proceeds support the program.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 2:45pm
The CWI Foundation has received a $2,000 donation from the Idaho Gardener’s Association.
Jacqueline Correnti, Horticulture student and Presidential Ambassador
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 4:00pm
A large group effort helped deliver poinsettias to the CWI Foundation’s most loyal supporters.


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