Landscape Gardening

These curricula are designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study. Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicators Examination and the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Landscape Gardening is a program that prepares individuals to manage and maintain indoor and/or outdoor ornamental and recreational plants and ground covers and related conceptual designs established by landscape architects, interior designers, enterprise owners or managers, and individual clients. Potential course work includes instruction in applicable principles of horticulture, gardening, plant and soil irrigation and nutrition, turf maintenance, plant maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel supervision, and purchasing.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.


LOCATION: Steed Hall, Landscape Gardening Building –>

Career Opportunities

Unique Aspects

Students participate in academic classes in Steed Hall and apply laboratory experiences in the five greenhouses and the thirty-two acre Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. This hands-on training reinforces the classroom lectures on horticultural theories and techniques.

While in the Gardens, students have the opportunity to use equipment that is directly related to the landscape industry. This experience enhances students opportunities for employment upon completion of their degree.

The final semester of paid Work-Based Learning field experience also increases job opportunities for the graduates.

Field trips and industry networking is a portion of this program. Students participate in field trips taken in North Carolina and other states which helps expand their education and allows them to make important contacts within the industry.

As part of the expanded academic education, students attend the National Collegiate Landscape Competition sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The Landscape Gardening program is one of only 27 schools in the United States and Canada certified by NALP.

Special Requirements

Test Score/Class Requirements

Students must complete or place into:

  • ENG 111
  • MAT 110 or higher

Work-Based Learning

  • Students are required to participate in three semesters of an on-campus field experience in the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Students will reside in Steed Hall during the Work-Based Learning period.
  • During the last semester of the second year, students participate in a paid field experience under the supervision of the Landscape Gardening instructors. Expenses incurred for room and board are the responsibility of the student.

Additional Costs

  • A drawing kit is required.
  • A summer field trip is taken which requires additional costs.
  • Applicators fee for the North Carolina Pesticide License.

Program Accreditation

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) fully accredited the Department of Landscape Gardening at Sandhills Community College.

Accreditation from NALP carries great prestige for landscape gardening programs. There are currently over 500 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada with horticulture programs, however, only 25 of these are fully accredited.‚

NALP is an international association that serves professionals in lawn care and landscape management, interior plantscapers, landscape designers and contractors. It is the industry’s only nationally-recognized endorsement offered to colleges with landscape and horticulture curricula.‚

Accreditation from NALP recognizes colleges and universities with outstanding degrees in landscape gardening or horticulture.‚  The recognition is conferred upon schools that meet or exceed industry standards for a model curriculum.

Certifications & Licenses

Pesticide Applicators Information

Certified Plant Professional

Landscape Industry Certification

Landscape Contractors License

Irrigation Contractors License

Contact Information

Hilarie Blevins, Coordinator
209 Steed Hall