• Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Degree: Occupational Certificate
  • Credits: Total Occupational Certificate Credits 29
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The professional gardener certificate is designed to prepare students to professionally design, install and maintain ornamental and vegetable gardens, container plantings and seasonal displays in residential, commercial and institutional settings. Some of the skills taught include plant production, site preparation, plant selection, pest and weed identification, creating garden maintenance plans, pruning techniques, tool selection and use, and basic business practices.

Career Opportunities

Landscape/Horticulture professionals design, install and care for residential, commercial and public landscapes. They find work with companies that provide landscape design, construction and maintenance services, as well as garden centers, nurseries, golf courses and municipal parks, community gardens and public works departments.

Award Outcomes:

  • Propagate woody and herbaceous plants sexually and asexually.
  • Identify plants and recommended uses.
  • Operate landscape equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Design flowerbeds.
  • Diagnose insect and disease problems of landscape plans.
  • Identify Minnesota natural plant communities.
  • Communicate effectively with staff and clients.
  • Use hand tools safely and efficiently.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 29 Credits
  • LNDC1151 Insects and Diseases of Landscape Plants 3
  • LNDC1187 Sustainable Food and Plant Production Summer 2
  • LNDC1202 Herbaceous Plant Materials 4
  • LNDC1220 Integrated Pest Management 2
  • LNDC1250 Bedding Plant Production 3
  • LNDC1271 Soil Science 3
  • LNDC1300 Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants 2
  • LNDC2160 Sustainable Landscape Design I 4
  • LNDC2241 Landscape Equipment Operation 3
  • LNDC2261 Professional Gardening 3
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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