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Creating space

Environmental Landscape Horticulture is all about solving or even preventing environmental problems while creating spaces people can connect to and enjoy now and in the future.


Planting ideas

Courses such as Soil Science and Plant Pathology give students the theoretical background – and the hands-on experiences – that will lead to a dynamic career in horticulture.


Green, inside and out

Our facilities, including state-of-the-art greenhouses, gardens, fields, and forests, will give you the chance to explore your interest in plants and the landscape.


A bridge to the job world

Horticulture students helped plan and build the Agricultural Campus' Rock Garden—giving them the hands-on skills and experience to jump right into a career.


Not your usual lab

Raising landscape plants and trees in a nursery environment and having access to horticulture labs will give you hands-on learning experience.


Study at the Faculty of Agriculture in Truro

Located one hour from Halifax in Truro, NS, Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus is a great place to study, work and live.

Top 8 reasons to study Environmental Landscape Horticulture at Dalhousie:

  1. Urban and rural opportunities: All communities are searching for landscape horticulture experts to help soften urban streetscapes, preserve trees and natural spaces, and help create more sustainable enviroments.
  2. Science as the foundation: Our program's unique focus provides you with a balance between art and the science of environmental horticulture.
  3. Study in a living lab: The campus is home to some of the most diverse plant collections in the Atlantic region, including our Alumni Garden, Rock Garden, and Native Plant Garden.
  4. Make positive change: Your lab activities improve the campus, both environmentally and aesthetically, and the skills you learn will help you make improvements to the larger community when you graduate.
  5. Push the practice forward: Courses and projects teach you the “hows” and “whys” of the field, readying you to join the profession. Community service learning provides you with documented experience in your field. Projects have included municipal tree inventories, creation of hospital healing gardens, and tree protection practices.
  6. Interdisciplinary atmosphere: Your home department is Environmental Sciences, so you benefit from relationships with others whose subjects, such
    as biosciences, chemistry, biology, botany, ecology and eco-physiology, are linked to yours.
  7. Industry placement: During the summer, you’ll learn real-world job skills from industry professionals who may also hire you as part of their team.
  8. Study in the great outdoors: How many students can say their classes take place under the big, blue sky—or in a springtime shower or an autumn gale? Take advantage of your opportunity to visit gardens in
    Europe as part of a course.

What will I learn?

Student digs in grassy, plant-filled area.

Our program offers students insights into current ecological and landscape management topics. You'll acquire skills through applied learning, like hand-rendered and computer-aided design, landscape project management, horticultural therapy, and urban forest management.

What can I do?

Students develop a plot of land

As a landscape contractor, you could contribute your skills to a municipal project aimed at increasing city green space. As a sports turf manager, you could oversee a golf green using best practices for sustainability. Whatever you do, your skillset will be in high demand.