Botanical Garden Certificate Program Information

Read about horticulture certificate programs that can prepare students for grounds maintenance careers with botanical gardens, parks and nurseries. Get information on these programs' course requirements and learn about career information for graduates.

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Essential Information

While there aren't any programs focusing specifically on the care of botanical gardens, there are horticulture certificate programs that can teach students to care for plants found in a variety of settings, including parks, cemeteries, and botanical gardens. These programs usually take two to three semesters to complete, and many of them include a cooperative work experience or internship among the curriculum requirements.

Similar coursework and career outcomes can be found in programs that award certificates in landscape technology. Landscape design certificate programs are also available to students who're more interested in the design and development of a landscape. These programs typically include additional instruction in drafting, drawing, and cost estimating.

Program Coursework

Core courses in a horticulture certificate program are designed to give students a firm foundation in plant biology and horticultural science, and some programs also include a landscape design course or two. Others allow students to focus on an area of interest through electives in such areas as nursery or greenhouse management, turfgrass management, and annuals and perennials. Topics of instruction can include:

  • Herbaceous plants
  • Trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
  • Irrigation techniques
  • Plant propagation
  • Pest management
  • Soil science

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Graduates of horticulture certificate programs are prepared for positions as grounds maintenance workers who care for the lawns, trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants found on an organization's grounds. They might also maintain botanical gardens, parks, athletic facilities, and cemeteries. While a certificate is not required for most positions, some employers look for applicants who've received some type of formal training.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, grounds maintenance workers could see a 13% job growth from 2012-2022. Their average annual wage was $26,930 as of May 2013.

Continuing Education Information

In some states, licenses are required for grounds maintenance workers who apply pesticides. Typical qualifications include passing scores on an exam.

Grounds maintenance workers can also earn voluntary certifications from such organizations as the Professional Landcare Network and the Professional Grounds Management Society. These credentials are available to experienced professionals who want to advance their careers.

Additionally, grounds maintenance workers who opt to continue their education can often transfer the credits from their certificate program to an associate degree program in horticulture or a related field.

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