With an interest in creating, designing, building, and otherwise improving outdoor spaces, you’ll have many opportunities in the field of landscape horticulture.
A combination of creativity and technical knowledge of plants and soils, along with a desire to work outdoors, means you can find employment in a number of fields, including landscape design, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance. You could find yourself working in a greenhouses or garden center, a golf course, an outdoor sporting venue, or on a park or maintenance crew. You might even choose to go into business for yourself. And, you could be ready to enter your career within one year!
The nature of the Landscape Horticulture program demands that much of the learning takes place in the field and in Western’s on-campus Horticulture Education Center. You’ll learn to evaluate landscape construction systems, determine suitability of plants for placement, understand turf management, identify common landscape pests, and be able to identify soils and correct soil deficiencies, all with principles of sustainability in mind. Additionally, you will gain experience in our state of the art greenhouse facility.
Estimated Program Cost
Landscape Horticulture Technician
This program will cost about $5,600* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
- Living responsibly
- Refining professionalism
- Cultivating passion
- Analyze growing media
- Diagnose plant health
- Communicate as a horticulture professional
- Apply design principles
- Provide horticulture maintenance
- Apply the principles of plant science
Software and Technology
Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.
If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.
- Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
- Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
- Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.