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Field of Study: Ornamental Horticulture

Introduction

Programs in ornamental horticulture teach people how to breed and grow decorative plants.

 

Overview

Ornamental horticulture programs include topics such as:

  • Horticulture
  • Plant science
  • Plant breeding
  • Plant care
  • Horticultural operations management

Schools
Several community colleges and other 2-year schools offer certificate or associate degree programs in ornamental horticulture. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.

At some colleges and universities, ornamental horticulture and floriculture are offered as concentrations in horticulture, horticultural science, plant science, or environmental design programs. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in ornamental horticulture. In many cases, ornamental horticulture is a concentration within a horticulture program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.