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Landscaping College programs

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by PlatinumLandCon, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    getting my associates in may for Landscape development and Ornamental hort from Vermont Technical college which isnt to far from canada, great program, cheap
  2. ma5tr

    ma5tr LawnSite Member
    from toronto
    Messages: 103

    hey musclecarboy, i PM'd you. I went to humber, good course.
  3. OCL

    OCL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Check out Fanshawe collage in London very good hort tech program.
  4. By-The-Lake

    By-The-Lake LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Hi MCB, lots of choices around for you. As I understand it one of the best college programs is the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. http://www.niagaraparks.com/horticulture/school.php I believe it is a 3 year program.

    Heres another vote for Humber where I studied - good program. I have a few colleagues that completed a similar program at Seneca (King Campus) and had good things to say about the course. Another person I worked with completed the Seneca program but then went on to Olds College. http://www.oldscollege.ab.ca/. If you want to get a university degree then the University of Guelph would be the way to go - I belive they have a horticulture degree. They also have a few certificate programs. There are also a few programs in BC that would be worthwhile looking into. One person I worked with went to school out there - don't remember the name of the school though.

    If I had to do it over again I think I would sign up for the NPSH. Good luck with your decision.
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Guelph also has a very well respected landscape architecture degree.
  6. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    musclecarboy- What type of business do you want to have? Lawncare? plantcare? fert? hardscape? deisgn build? You need to figure that out first.

    Unless your business is just plantings, i do not think a hort degree is your best bet. Unless you love designing i wouldn't get a LA degree. You do not have to be a good designer to build great landscapes. You find great designers to work with.

    It all depends on what type of business you want to run. If its designbuild like my business, i would take construction managment and business classes with no landscape classes.
  7. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,315

    You do have a good point. I'm debating going through the new program at George Brown for a Bachelor of Applied Tech (http://www.georgebrown.ca/degrees/construction_science_main.aspx). It is a 4 year program but its close to home so the cost is a small issue. I'm not even sure if I'll continue in landscaping or move on to building custom homes. I have many mentors that build in my area that would take me under their wing and show me how everything's done. Everyone thinks becoming a millionaire isn't possible, but I think its VERY possible, if you play your cards right. I still have time to think things over so it'll be a long, hard choice.
  8. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I think you should go for construction management/business. That way you can do whatever you want. You can do big projects without extensive plant knowledge as long as you surround yourself with people who make up for your short comings. Thats what i do, and it works fine for me.
  9. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    University of Minnesota
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    University of Florida for a 4 year program,

    Northern VA community college has a good two year program,

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