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Horticulture Operations


Programs in horticulture operations prepare people to manage and operate nurseries, greenhouses, and other horticulture enterprises.

Horticultural operations programs include topics such as:


In horticultural operations programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in horticulture operations. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in horticultural operations. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Several programs incorporate practicums or internships into their curriculums. These allow you to work part time in a horticulture operations setting while earning credits. You gain hands-on experience and exposure to the application of horticulture operations that most interests you.

For example, you might work in a wholesale horticulture equipment company, assisting with processing orders. Or you could help an operations manager develop a tracking system for routine maintenance of the temperature regulation system in a greenhouse. These are just a couple of different opportunities you could pursue in this program of study.

Whatever setting you choose, you benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced horticulture operations professional.

Things to Know

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

South Seattle College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (Grandview)