University of Vermont

A Closer Look at

The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Major

Offered by: CALS Plant and Soil Science Department

Overview

As the surrounding natural landscape becomes increasingly important to people living in urban and residential areas, there is a growing need for professionals who can plan, install, and manage plantings in the human environment. Selecting trees, shrubs, and flowers that maximize aesthetics and minimize negative environmental impacts is an important skill. Incorporating these selections into a sound landscape design that takes into account environmental constraints, owner requests, and municipal regulations is critical for professional success.

The Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Program integrates plant sciences, landscape design, business, and liberal arts. This curriculum is designed to provide the student with multifaceted skills to help them succeed in the demanding horticulture industry of the 21st century.


A Look at Our Program

Our program is interdisciplinary, involving horticulture, soil science, ecology, forestry, landscape design, business management, and liberal arts. Faculty advisors will help you select courses and develop learning experiences that match your interests and career goals.


What Will I Study?

All students must complete the core curriculum requirements for a bachelor of science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition, you will be required to complete courses within the program in such areas as botany, ecology, plant and soil science, forestry, landscape design, agricultural economics, and small business management.


Exciting Field Experience

Because our faculty interact with professional landscape design firms, landscape management companies, as well as public and private gardens, there are many opportunities for off-campus internships where you can put your skills to use, earn credit, and improve your employment prospects. Students have worked at arboreta, botanical gardens, parks, garden centers and nurseries to gain valuable experience.

As an undergraduate, you will have opportunities to work with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty doing research in campus laboratories, in the field at our 97-acre Horticultural Research Center, or in our modern greenhouses.


Looking to the Future

With a degree in sustainable landscape horticulture, you may pursue a career in landscape design, contracting and management, urban forestry, owning and operating a landscaping or nursery business, or in garden center management. Some of the jobs our graduates have obtained include: manager of a wholesale nursery, salesperson for a large greenhouse operation, sales and service representative for a turfgrass management firm, and golf course groundskeeper. Students in this major have also gone on to pursue graduate studies in this field.


REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Introduction to Botany
  • Principles of Plant Science
  • Introductory Soil Science
  • Soil Fertility and Management
  • Dendrology
  • Elementary Natural Resource Measurements and Mapping
  • Ecology, Ecosystems and the Environment or Forest Ecology
  • Plant Physiology or Tree Structure and Function
  • Plant Pathology or Forest Pathology
  • Landscape Design I, II
  • Garden Flowers
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Commercial Plant Propagation
  • Entomology and Pest Management or Forest Entomology
  • Principles of Agricultural, Resource and Community Development Economics
  • Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Entrepreneurship or Principles of Management
  • Precalculus
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

RECOMMENDED COURSES:

  • Drafting and Design Drawing
  • Sketching and Illustration
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GSI)
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)


Faculty and Area of Expertise

DALE R. BERGDAHL, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Forest pathology
LORRAINE P. BERKETT, PH.D. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Integrated pest management in apple production, plant pathology
SIDNEY C. BOSWORTH, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Agronomy, forage and grain crop management and production for animal agriculture
DIANE E. GAYER, M.A. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND PLANNING
Landscape design
WENDY SUE HARPER, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Soil science, composting process and sustainable agriculture
CHYI-LYI C. LIANG, PH.D. PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Agricultural economics
GERALD P. LIVINGSTON, PH.D. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
Natural resources
JANE MOLOFSKY, PH.D. DUKE UNIVERSITY
Plant pathology
GARY P. OLIVETTI, PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Botany
BRUCE L. PARKER, PH.D. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Entomology, insect pest management, fungal pathogens for integrated pest management of greenhouse and forest pests
LEONARD P. PERRY, PH.D. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Horticulture, production of perennials, hardiness of plant species, perennial cut flower production
JOHN B. SHANE JR., M.S. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Forest entomology
MARK C. STARRETT, PH.D. NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Horticulture, propagation and production of woody ornamental plants
MILTON E. TIGNOR, JR., PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Horticulture, vegetable production, compost utilization, curriculum development, greenhouse operations and management
JON P. TURMEL, M.S. UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Vermont State entomologist

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