Why study Landscape Horticulture at Dal?

Learn from professionals in our campus gardens

Whether your goal is to pursue a career after graduation or continue to degree studies, the Landscapes Horticulture program at Dalhousie's Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, N.S. will prepare you for the future. You'll find solutions to environmental challenges and do creative and meaningful things to landscapes that will improve the quality of other people’s lives.

Modern gardens need minimal maintenance approaches, and you will learn to become a steward of the land to design, develop, build, and maintain landscapes resilient to a changing world.

Degree overview

Diploma: Technology Diploma, DipTech
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 2 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

A well-defined set of required courses will help you to expand your knowledge in plant identification and use, as well as landscape construction and design applications. This wide range of courses allows you to discover and develop your interests. You’ll take five courses per term, on a wide range of horticultural topics including arboriculture and surveying. You can also choose elective courses that will allow you to focus on subjects of particular interest to you, including engineering, design and horticulture.

You will learn hands-on skills by experiential learning in our campus gardens. The onsite facilities include Botanical Garden, walking trail, extensive gardens, and greenhouses. Many types of landscape environments exist outside your door to experience the natural world.

Sample courses:

  • Wood Construction Techniques
  • Greenhouse Crop Management
  • Plant Propagation

You'll also be required to take these workplace readiness certificates, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Emergency First Aid, and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)..

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Download the Landscape Horticulture Factsheet [PDF -1.8Mb]

Careers and future study

This program will prepare you for careers working with landscaping firms, municipalities, institutions, as an entrepreneur and many more. Leave your mark—become a landscape horticulturalist. Coming from industry or a certified trade, this diploma helps prepare people for a career in Landscape Horticulture and the National Apprenticeship Red Seal Endorsement or further study in Landscape Architecture or Business Management.

Some of our graduates have chosen the following career paths:

  • Certified arborist
  • Golf course superintendent
  • Landscape contractor
  • Municipal horticulture
  • Garden designer
  • Grounds supervisor
  • Plant nursery production and sales
  • Horticultural equipment sales
  • Retail and wholesale sales of horticulture supplies and landscaping products
  • Botanical gardens
  • Education and training

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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