Urban Horticulture

Urban Horticulture

Program Detail

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Contact the Program Director

Peter J. Conden

Residential Faculty - Urban Horticulture

480-461-7125

Office: TC 50 - Room: TC 422

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Picture planting the rose garden you helped to design as part of a larger urban renewal project. Or installing a landscape in your client’s backyard in time for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. Imagine working on a team that’s studying the impact crops cultivated in a downtown area have on a local community. This is Urban Horticulture.

The Urban Horticulture program at MCC prepares you for a career in wholesale or retail nurseries, landscape design and construction companies, or landscape management firms. You will also be prepared to work for a government agency involved with the technical phases of the urban horticulture industry. In the program, you’ll learn all about the design, planning, and management of landscapes and how to develop horticulture in urban spaces, parks, and private residential spaces. Design and horticulture awareness are essential components of the program.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Wholesale Nursery Technician
Retail Nursery Supervisor
Types of Employers
Retail Nurseries
Wholesale Nurseries
Municipalities

Interest in gardening has increased in recent years and is expected to continue growing. The number of professional buildings, shopping malls, and homes needing new or updated landscaping should also increase.

Skilled nursery workers who have good communication skills may become supervisors. Those who specialize may advance to managing their department. Continuing education in horticulture may also help nursery workers advance.

Urban Horticulture professionals:

  • Work with a variety of trees, flowers, and shrubs
  • May work alone
  • Work outdoors or in greenhouses
  • May work long hours (including weekends) during growing seasons
  • Train on the job
  • May need a license if working with pesticides

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Urban Horticulture: Track I Landscape Design and Installation Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Urban Horticulture: Track II Nursery Operations Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Urban Horticulture: Track III Landscape Management Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Urban Horticulture: Track IV Turfgrass Management Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Urban Horticulture: Track V Floriculture and Floral Design Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Landscape Aide Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Landscape Specialist Course Sequence

Contact the Program Director

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to contact the program director of the Urban Horticulture program, Peter Conden.  Schedule an appointment by email at petoy02201@mesacc.edu or by phone at 480-461-7125. Together you’ll lay out a program or career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.