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Longwood Gardens Professional Horticulture Program

Applications Now Open for Longwood Gardens Professional Horticulture Program
Newly renamed program features updated coursework, additional hands-on experience, and travel abroad experience in two-year, tuition-free, residential program

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., March 20, 2019 -- Longwood Gardens, whose vast education curricula has influenced American horticulture for more than 60 years, today announced that applications are open for its newly renamed and reinvigorated Professional Horticulture Program. The two-year residential program is the evolution of the Professional Gardener Program, which has been preparing students for rewarding careers in horticulture since 1970. The Professional Horticulture Program combines practical experience, coursework, hands-on projects, and study abroad opportunities—tuition free. Interested individuals should visit longwoodgardens.org/education for more information and to apply. Applications close May 15.

Designed for recent high school graduates to those looking to change careers, the two-year Professional Horticulture Program offers an immersive experience in one of the great gardens of the world, learning from our expert staff in all areas of our expansive gardens. Graduates go on to successful careers in public, private, and commercial horticulture, and join a network of Longwood alumni working in horticulture leadership positions around the globe.  

"Education is core to Longwood’s mission,” said Paul B. Redman, President and CEO of Longwood Gardens. "Thousands of students from all over the world have participated in our education programs and have gone on to leadership roles in many of the world's top horticultural institutions. Our reinvigorated Professional Horticulture Program continues the compelling mix of coursework and practical experience that made it a top choice for aspiring horticulture professionals for nearly 50 years, but now also offers new experiences and topics of study that align with the fast-growing demands of our industry.” 

Students are immersed in six core modules, each of which contain an engaging mix of coursework and masterclasses, hands-on practical experience, field trips, and certification opportunities. The core modules are:

  • Fundamentals of Horticulture    
  • Plant Health Care               
  • Horticultural Crop Production    
  • Plant Identification and Culture
  • Design & Landscape Maintenance
  • Professionalism

New areas of study include leadership, urban and community gardening, cultural awareness, and the opportunity for students to specialize in a topic of focused immersion. Students also undertake a number of special projects, including designing and maintaining a Student Exhibition Garden and experiencing real-world produce production working with Longwood’s Terrace Restaurant. Learning by doing is a core component of the program, and students will spend time each week in the gardens, applying what they learned in the classroom and gaining valuable insight by working alongside Longwood’s expert staff. 

In addition to being tuition free, our Professional Horticulture students live rent-free on the Longwood grounds, receive hourly pay, and enjoy a number of other benefits. The Professional Horticulture Program is taught at the collegiate level and articulates to regional colleges and universities. Program alumni interested in continuing their education can apply their two years of learning at Longwood towards a degree.

About Longwood Gardens 
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory.  Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Open daily, Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital. Details at longwoodgardens.org.

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