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Horticulture Sciences

Horticulture Faculty Teaching Students Outdoors

Interested in a career working with plants? Want the satisfaction of spending time with the beauty of nature and the outdoors? Want to contribute to enhanced environmental awareness? If you answered yes, then a career in Horticulture, the art and science of working with ornamental plants, may be for you. You can choose between two tracks: Horticulture, or Landscape Design and Management. Students receive a practical, hands-on education guided by caring professors. Program internships provide a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Graduates work in greenhouses, estates, botanical gardens, arboretums, historical sites and anywhere where there is a garden, as well as for private businesses throughout the world. Students also have the flexibility to transfer, upon graduation, to a four-year-college program in horticulture.

Horticulture (AAS)
The 2-year Horticulture degree gives students a broad overview of the horticulture field. The program is an excellent choice for students who plan to start a retail nursery or greenhouse operation, become a professional gardener or an estate caretaker, pursue an advanced degree, or for those who simply have a personal interest in the subject.

Landscape Design and Management (AAS)
Students in the Landscape Design and Management associate's degree program will gain practical experience in the design, installation and maintenance of residential and commercial landscapes. Graduates are hired by corporate and private landscape management companies, design and build firms, irrigation contractors, public gardens, wholesale nurseries and retail garden centers.


Admission Requirements
  • High School Average: 70
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Biology Regents: 70


Career Options
  • Nursery Manager
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Horticultural Inspector
  • Garden Center Manager
  • Public Gardens Manager
  • Arboretum Manager
  • Retail work in the field of horticulture
  • Transfer to a 4-year program in Horticulture or related field

Most graduates are either employed in the horticultural profession or are continuing their education.


What will I study?

Delhi prepares you to work in a supervisory position in a corporate or private management firm, for an irrigation contractor, a public garden, a wholesale nursery, a garden center or other employer where plants take center stage. Some graduates start their own businesses. You’ll learn to work with turf, shrubs, trees and flowering and herbaceous plants, creating landscapes that balance function, aesthetics and regenerative horticultural practices.

Our outstanding facilities allow you to learn through experience. Delhi has its own 18-hole golf course, three greenhouses and a dedicated Turf Education Center. You’ll develop your design skills in our drawing studio and put them to work in a variety of landscaping projects in the community and on our scenic 625 acre campus, such as planting trees, building retaining walls and installing patios. In the summer between your two years at Delhi, you’ll deepen your experience through a required, credit-bearing internship.


Why Horticulture Sciences
at SUNY Delhi?

  • Hands-on experience in real-life environments with state-of-the-art equipment 
  • Small classes with many opportunities for one-on-one time with faculty
  • Excellent facilities such as the landscape design studio, computer labs with the latest software, display gardens with a wide variety of plant life, 280 acre natural arboretum, tree and shrub nursery, greenhouses, the Turf Education Center and the College Golf Course at Delhi.
  • Paid internships that are credit-bearing degree requirements are completed during the summer at sites across the country. The internship component is a priceless way to gain on-the-job experience and many times leads directly into employment.
  • Transfer opportunities exist for students who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Management and other related programs. An official transfer agreement between SUNY Delhi and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry provides students a smooth transition into their Landscape Architecture program. 
  • Numerous scholarships are awarded to Delhi students each year.
  • Nearly 100% job placement with a seamless transition to employment. 
  • Horticulture Club – a Student Chapter of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). The club promotes the development and advancement of students through industry contacts, field trips and additional career focused educational experiences.

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Last Updated: 9/19/16