Horticulture

  • Horticulture class working in the Gainesville Greenhouse
  • Horticulture students harvesting the outdoor garden
  • A students hands display a bunch of beets

Horticulture is the science and art of growing garden plants for the economic, aesthetic, and nutritional well-being of society. It is not only a multi-billion dollar industry that offers increasing job opportunities for students seeking careers in the area, but it also offers countless opportunities for hobbyists. 

The NCTC Horticulture Program provides broad, technical education in the field, emphasizing practical knowledge that will prepare students to work in multiple facets of the industry, including landscaping, sustainability, floristry, horticulture crop production, and greenhouse management. Students learn a variety of horticultural techniques such as plant propagation, organic gardening, soil preparation, plant identification, and pest management.  Courses are taught using a range of teaching methods such as hands-on labs, one-on-one instruction, field trips, and lectures and are held on the Gainesville and Corinth campuses.

Degree Plans Offered

Career Opportunities

We want our Horticulture students to be matched with careers that are not only fulfilling but that ultimately suit their natural gifts and acquired skills. We are glad to visit with future and current students to counsel them on career options and at the end of the curriculum we aid our students with job searches.

Some general horticulture employment opportunities are fruit & vegetable production manager, landscape designer, installer or consultant, greenhouse, nursery, and garden center managers, plant propagators, community garden coordinator, floral designer tree trimmer (arborist), irrigation technician, interior landscaping, research technician, pest managers, lawn specialist, horticultural therapist, and sales and marketing managers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Horticulture? add

Horticulture is defined as the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants and incorporates a broad range of career opportunities from production and marketing, to research, maintenance, design, and horticulture therapy. Horticulturalists work in both public and private sectors.

How long does this degree take to obtain? add
The Occupational Skills Award can be earned in one semester while the Horticulture Certificates are designed to be completed in one year. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) may be earned in two years. Students, however, may set their pace.
Are any of the courses offered online? add

Yes, HORT 1401 Horticulture is offered as a Hybrid course (has classroom and online components) and is the only class with an online option.

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Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Horticulture Management Certificate and Horticulture Management AAS will transfer to several North Texas universities through the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The Financial Aid office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242 or go to Financial Aid online or visit the Financial Aid office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

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Are there scholarships offered for horticulture students? add

Yes! There are scholarships offered specifically for horticulture students and are awarded through the NCTC Foundation. There are also many outside organizations that offer horticulture scholarships. Students are welcome to fill out an application.

Horticulture Scholarships

Who may I contact for more information? add

Ashley Hartman
Horticulture Instructor
Gainesville
Room 1604
(940) 668-7731 ext. 4488
ahartman@nctc.edu