Landscape Horticulture Studies

Landscape Horticulture Studies

Create Beautiful Landscapes

Create a more beautiful world with Kirkwood’s Landscape Horticulture Studies program!

You can choose a design track or a construction track. Design students focus on crafting innovative plant designs utilizing plant knowledge and artistic principles. In the construction track, you’ll actually build what a designer would put on paper.

You'll learn to create well-designed landscapes that add beauty and value to any home or business and provide functional outdoor spaces for years to come.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Graduates of the Landscape Horticulture Studies program will be able to:

  1. Operate and maintain equipment currently used in the industry.
  2. Identify annual, perennial and woody ornamental trees and shrubs using both common and scientific nomenclature.
  3. Apply basic biological principles to the culture and maintenance of plant material.
  4. Create aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape designs using proper plans selection, drafting, and layout skills.
  5. Construct hardscape features that conform to industry standards.
  6. Integrate estimating and bidding skills into design/construction projects.
  7. Demonstrate effective workplace communication and industry-related technology skills.
  8. Develop an appreciation for a diverse and dynamic workplace.

Design: You’ll develop problem-solving and communication skills and work with computer design software to create beautiful landscaped spaces. You’ll also explore the latest trends in sustainability and landscape maintenance.

Construction: You'll learn the site layout, lighting and hardscape installation techniques that make landscape designs look their best. You'll learn about the latest trends in construction materials, equipment, and green building.

Frequently Asked Questions

Work on a landscaping crew doing plant installation, plant material maintenance, or hardscape installation.

Prospective students would have the following characteristics: organized, motivated, like to work with plants, enjoy being outside, be creative, and enjoy working with their hands.

Students graduating with this degree are in high demand.

Destiny Brown

“Kirkwood makes everything easy and simple... small class sizes and professors who love to interact with students on a personal level.”

Destiny Brown,
Pella, Iowa

Mission Statement

The mission of the Landscape Horticulture Studies A.A.S. program is to prepare students for employment in the green industry by creating an educational culture that promotes professionalism, integrity, honesty, and equips students with the basic knowledge, applied skills, and landscape ethic demanded in today’s dynamic workplace.


Agricultural Sciences
22 Washington Hall