Many of us find peace in our gardens. There is something fulfilling and relaxing about working closely with the earth and cultivating growth. We know from our experience that horticulture is just as much of an art as it is a science. Growing a garden requires technical know-how, but also finesse. For centuries, gardens have been places of artistic beauty. For some, this art and science is more than a simple hobby. It is a passion that some turn into a career.
Whether you have already embraced your passion and work in a nursery, arboretum or greenhouse, or whether you are new and plan to enter the field, a degree in horticulture can be essential for the advancement of your career. Getting your degree takes time and effort, but there are ways to fit a degree into your schedule. Just like with many other fields of study, many degree programs are now available online.
Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available for horticulture. Your degree can focus on a variety of different disciplines within the field, such as landscape management, floriculture (the cultivation of flowers and decorative plants), plant breeding, floral design and permaculture (ecologically friendly landscape and farm design), and many other specific disciplines. You can also get undergraduate and graduate degrees in general horticulture
Regardless of the focus of your horticulture studies, if you choose an online degree as the best option for you, it is important to understand the coursework and what might be required of you. There are some schools that require you go to their college or a college near you to participate in lab classes. Others may need you to have garden space or a space where you can grow plants indoors. Most schools will want you to take an actual lab class. When choosing a school, it is important to keep this in mind and talk with your admissions advisor about your options with these lab classes. When you are learning horticulture, some things just can't be done online. Even if you have to take a few classes on campus (or on a campus of a different school), an online degree still provides a substantial flexibility that allows those of us with busy schedules to get our degree and move on with our career.
If you are ready to boost your career and get your education, then don't delay in researching and finding a school that works for you. More and more employers are requiring degrees for even entry-level positions. The sooner you start your degree, the sooner you can take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. So grab your gardening gloves, your pencil and your computer, and get to work!