Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture

  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 63

This degree from Vermont Tech opens so many doors, and not just to the greenhouse. Whether you want to become a landscaper, business manager, or soil technician, you will have a rewarding, high-tech career making the world a little bit greener. The landscape industry offers a broad variety of careers to choose from, as outlined in this professional association article.

As a properly trained landscape professional, you will have hands-on experience with chemistry, botany, pest management, and small business operations. You can use that knowledge to affect changes in the climate and create environmentally-friendly designs. Your education and lab work will be provided by our supportive staff, dedicated technicians, and the Vermont Tech Greenhouse.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of freehand sketching, presentation graphics, presentation layout, and CAD as effective tools for the formulation, exploration, communication, and presentation of design ideas
  • Communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients, customers, and coworkers, both through the written and spoken word;
  • Demonstrate excellent listening and interpersonal skills;
  • Exhibit professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations
  • Comprehend, analyze, solve, and apply materials and methods of construction;
  • Understand site engineering issues such as grading and drainage;
  • Create and maintain  healthy plant environments;
  • Install, operate, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems;
  • Understand integrated pest management;
  • Use appropriate computer applications
  • Demonstrate fundamental design principles and practice, including site analysis;
  • Take base plan measurements and prepare and study historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and holistic landscape designs
  • Comprehend, analyze, solve, and apply identification, production, and use of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants
  • Propagate
  • Diagnose insect and disease problems and assimilate integrated, environmentally safe, and sustainable approaches for their management
  • Understand soil properties
  • Demonstrate landscape applications such as plant selection, planting and pruning practices
  • Understand cultural requirements and practices and maintenance
  • Demonstrate practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business
  • Understand marketing (product, place, pricing, and promotion) and management skills
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry
  • Demonstrate mastery of essential “soft skills”: interpersonal communication, professionalism, and teamwork

Careers in Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Landscape Architects
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Landscape Architects, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). More career info can be found at

Median Pay
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Landscape Architects) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Sources: NALP Foundation Landscape Industry Careers Survey, BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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  • Rugg Valley Landscaping Grass Gauchos LLC
  • Hedgehog Hill Apiary Henderson’s Tree Service
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  • Owner/Manager Landscaper
  • Franchise Manager Nursery Worker/Grafter
  • Owner Lead Stocker
  • Gardener Landscape Management

News & Events

Students in the Vermont Tech Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture program recently completed a beautiful campus upgrade. The class worked together with professionals from Techo-Bloc, Northern Nurseries, and Trowel Trades Supply to create a new stone sitting area that everyone can enjoy... Read More
Slogging through the mud, hauling two freshly constructed 500-pound wooden foot bridges up a forest trail is not the usual activity you find listed in a Vermont Tech course syllabus.  But that was exactly the task facing this year’s Landscape Construction and Management class as they built and... Read More
“As a small business owner, there are going to be late nights,” says student Jack Beauparlant. “It's hard at times but it definitely pays off. At the end of the day I know that I've worked hard for it and I've done it all myself.” Beauparlant runs his own landscaping business called Cuttin' It... Read More


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