Algonquin College

Horticultural Industries (Co-op)


Transform your appreciation for landscape design into a career in the ever-evolving horticultural industry.
In the two-year Horticultural Industries Ontario College Diploma program you learn how to create landscapes from design to implementation. By offering a condensed format over 16 months, the Horticultural Industries program allows you to fast track your career.
Learn the key aspects of this dynamic industry, including:

urban and rural landscape design, installation and maintenance
nursery production and management
sustainable urban agriculture
green roof and living wall technology
The program offers a hands-on learning experience during the industrys prime production period in the spring/summer/fall. Practice skills in Algonquin Colleges extensive campus gardens surrounding the Horticulture Centre and within the attached greenhouse complex.
The various plant collections and the vegetable garden provide you with the perfect opportunity to study plant identification, plant selection and ideal growing conditions. You take active part in further developing and maintaining the grounds in smaller work-groups, simulating the industry.
To further your skills and make connections in the industry, you complete a 12-week co-op placement as part of the program. The landscape industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving, with a high-demand for skilled horticultural specialists and landscape designers.
Graduates may find work, either as employees or self-employed, in:

construction and maintenance firms
landscape design
nurseries and garden centres
urban food production
tree care industry
park systems
consulting or teaching
Most industry jobs are seasonal (April to November), but many nurseries keep employees on in the winter.
You may also choose to continue your education by completing a degree in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, and Plant Science.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Place a high personal priority on enhancing the environment.
Have an affinity for plants.
Enjoy physical activity and working outdoors.
Work well in a team environment.
Are interested in landscape design from conception to implementation.
Are concerned about the safety of the environment and food source sustainability
Enjoy problem solving.
Appreciate working in a professional environment.
Are able to identify various plants, memorize plant names and ideal growing requirements.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
Winter 2023:
Fall 2023:
Spring 2023:
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