Landscape and Horticulture

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Agricultural Sciences
Institute: Science & Technology
College: PAC

What is the landscape and horticulture program?

Landscape and Horticulture is a growing industry with local job growth projected at 30% over the next five years. Consumers are spending over $38 billion per year on professional landscaping, lawn and tree care services. 

This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.


Landscape and Horticulture Program Highlights

  • Emphasis is placed on the commercial application of skills learned in the program
  • Employment for graduating students of this program may be available in landscaping businesses (independent and corporate), residential complexes (apartment and residential organizations), parks and recreational facilities.

Landscape and Horticulture Career Areas & Employment Positions

  • Landscape Installation and Maintenance - Pesticide Application Technician, Landscape Designer
  • Tree Care - Tree Care Crew Leader, Certified Arborist
  • Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance - Licensed Irrigator and Irrigation Installer
  • Interiorscape Maintenance and Management in Wholesale and Retail Nurseries - Retail Nursery Merchandiser
  • Recreational Facilities - Groundskeeper, Irrigation Technician, Landscape and Lawn Maintenance Foreman
Landscape Industry Partners

A core part of the horticulture-based programs at Palo Alto College is the Horticultural Sciences major. Horticultural Sciences is a carefully crafted degree program designed to provide students with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in their own companies or to add value to teams as part of existing businesses. We value all of our industry partners.

Industry Partners

VOLT® Lighting has donated a number of LED lighting fixtures to the Life Science Greenhouse hydroponic learning lab for student project use and yield trials. VOLT® is a lighting company marketing landscape lighting.
The equipment VOLT® donated will help students to gain hands-on industry-relevant experience, and better prepare them for careers in this exciting field.



Joseph Coppola
Department Chair


Rose Flores
Lead Instructor

San Marcos Hall (SANMAR 107A)