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Environmental Horticulture & Design

About the Program

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Environmental Horticulture & Design is a broad field encompassing the functional, aesthetic, and environmentally-sound creation and maintenance of our urban, rural and natural landscapes.

Whether you are training for a new career, currently a landscape professional, or a hobbyist gardner looking for information on what nutrients to use for your plants, our program is geared to fit your needs.

Check out both our current schedule of classes and course catalog to see topics taught.

What Students Say

Our students come from a diverse background. See why the Environmental Horticulture & Design program is so special. Read their testimonials.

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Degree & Certificates

Our program serves as a foundation if you are interested in starting your own design, construction, or maintenance business, or want to find a job within the "green" industry.

Associate in Science Degree

Certificate of Achievement

Career Opportunities

Through our program you'll learn about the business services and manufacturing industries supporting the environmental horticulture or ‘‘green’’ industry" — one of the largest employers in the United States.

Horticulture Careers within the "Green" Industry

  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape Construction
  • Environmental Management
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape & Garden Maintenance
  • Historic Garden & Estate Management
  • Nursery Management
  • Horticultural Consulting
  • Parks & Golf Course Management
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Interiorscaping
  • Pest Management
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Plant Biotechnology

Program Mission

Our mission is to blend theoretical knowledge regarding horticulture with practical application of horticultural technique in all of our offerings.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate skills necessary to design residential landscapes.
  • Students will be able to identify plant material.


Horticulture Residential Employment

Are you searching for someone to do residential design work, fine gardening or create plans for layout and planting of gardens and landscapes?

One of our students might be able to help you out. Let us help you find the right student for the task.


Environmental Horticulture & Design
Degree/Cert: AS/Yes
Length: 1-2 years
Start/End: Anytime
Number Accepted: Open
Program Application Deadline: Anytime
Prerequisites: Yes
Approx. Cost of Program: $2,750
National Lic./Cert.: No
State Lic.Cert.: No
Estimated Annual Salary: $25,000-$100,000
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Environmental Horticulture & Design Department


RM 8602, Main Campus

Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 5200, Room 5211 
Nanette Solvason, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7730
Christine Mangiameli
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7249
For more information, visit the BHS website.


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