Horticulture/ Design Degree Worth It ???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GRANTSKI, Oct 9, 2018.


    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Trying to help my daughter with a decision on college. Wondering if a degree in Design is a good investment? Esp for a female.
    Having her design for me is a long term option but would not be the immediate plan. Also looking at accounting. Really don’t want to throw $ away - college is no longer a golden ticket.
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  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is her interest in?
    What is she going to do for work after college?
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    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That’s the problem. Expecting a 17 yr old to know what they want to do w their life is kind of ridiculous. She wants to go to college and now they are pushing them to be decided and applying by December of Senior year. Just trying to point out some options to her but don’t want to waste time & a ton of $ on a pointless degree
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  4. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's not a pointless degree or certificate it depends on what she wants to do with it

    Have her do an interest test or aptitude testing

    She could also research what the jobs are like in the field or shadow someone who's an architect or horticulturist for example

    My little sister has a cosmetology license and decided not to do it
    I tried to ask her if she could picture herself cutting hair all day everyday ?

    Her response was she was going to be a color specialist that was a passing phase too:dizzy:

    In a nursing program now
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  5. Idlewild

    Idlewild LawnSite Member
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    Having it all mapped out at seventeen is a lot of pressure, indeed. Thankfully, the
    design field is not gender driven. Hort101’s idea for research/mentoring is a good idea.
    On that note, if she needs inspiration to start that research :
    - Ten Eyck Landscape Architect firm
    - Detroit Garden Works (services) Deborah Silver, owner/designer
    - Floralis Garden Design
    - APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), many locations across USA
    She could also check local Landscape Networks via Facebook, etc...
    If the ultimate goal is career driven, it can be done. Good luck.
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  6. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I went to a 4 year and got a horticulture degree emphasis on design, minored in business.

    For something like this, you have to like plants. Not just designing landscapes, but a love for all things that grow in the ground. It was a good fit for me as I basically brought landscape installs to our family company.

    For someone who doesn't have this opportunity, i feel it may be hard to find a job as a landscape DESIGNER. Landscape ARCHITECH may be a completely different story tho.

    2 of my friends who have the same degree were hired by a large company near us, both had very minimal design duties right away and were more of a foreman. After a few years they both stepped into a design roll and i think now (maybe 7years) they both design/meet clients etc completely.

    I would agree its hard to know what she wants to do now. honestly a community college or somewhere to start with generals that can transfer may be the best bet
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  8. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Member
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    I'm late to the party here, here's my $0.02
    I graduated with a 4 year bachelors in landscape architecture. Worked for an LA for a total of two weeks which I did enjoy but I took a better job in facility administration/architectural services doing mostly construction contracts and contract admin. (My Degree got me the qualifications to that job)
    Years later I took a job as an owners representative for civil construction projects, which I still am at. Again the degree and skill set got me there.
    All the while I've done lawn and landscape on the side.

    It isn't the degree so much as the skill set and how it can be applied. Employers want to hire someone who can get the job done. They don't care about what degree, they want a person who can sit in front of them be professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and willing to learn. She gets a handle on that skill set she'll be fine. If she gets passionate about a field of study; that's when people are unstoppable.
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  9. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Silver Member
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    Let her go to school for whatever she wants.

    Even if she majors in basket weaving you'll find a job for her if she needs one.

    If you want to be practical tell her to pick her major and please minor in accounting.
  10. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Forensic soil analysis sounds like a good line to get into.
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