Horticulture is the science and art of growing garden plants for the economic, aesthetic, and nutritional well being of society.   A dynamic and diverse field, it is among the few to bridge the gap between science, art, business, and technology.   Horticulture is not only a multi-billion dollar industry that offers increasing job opportunities for students seeking careers in the area, but horticulture also offers countless opportunities for hobbyists.


The NCTC Horticulture Program provides a broad, technical education in the field of horticulture, emphasizing practical knowledge that will prepare students to work in multiple facets of the industry, including landscaping, sustainability, floristry, horticulture crop production, and greenhouse management.  Students learn a variety of horticultural techniques such as plant propagation, organic gardening, soil preparation, plant identification, and pest management.  Courses are taught using a range of teaching methods such as hands-on labs, one-on-one instruction, field trips, and lectures.  


NCTC offers three Horticulture degree plans from which to choose, including a Horticulture Management Certificate, a Sustainable Horticulture Certificate, and a Landscape Design Marketable Skills Award.  Please see your Horticulture advisor to determine the right fit for you.



Ashley Hartman
Horticulture Program

Gainesville - Room 1603