"Before I came to Kwantlen I could only find work as a labourer in the horticulture industry. After spending a quick two years of hands-on study, and making many life-long friends and memories in the process, I am now< qualified to run the greenhouses in which I used to work and have had multiple job offers from which to choose." - Karl Heimersson, 2007 Graduate
What is Horticulture?
Horticulture surrounds us, enriching our communities and our lives. Horticulturists produce fruits, flowers, and plants in greenhouses and nurseries. They design, install, and maintain parks and gardens in our communities. And horticulturists maintain our sports fields and golf courses ensuring we have safe, fair, and enjoyable athletic competitions.
Why Choose Horticulture
Horticulture offers you the opportunity to:
- advance community sustainability
- solve technical challenges
- be entrepreneurial
- produce food, flowers, and nursery plants
- be creative
Horticulture at Kwantlen
Enrol in the School of Horticulture to become successful horticulturists. Faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an exceptional learning experience that leads to career and personal success. In class, students combine scientific principles, aesthetic values, business practices and community awareness to produce and manage plants and landscapes. School of Horticulture graduates are successful and provide leadership and service to our communities.
Greenhouse and Nursery Production
Kwantlen's Greenhouse & Nursery graduates can:
- Produce vegetables, flowers, and nursery crops
- Utilize business skills (finance, communications, supervision) in production horticulture
- Manage production environments and facilities
- Implement integrated pest management programs
All applicants must satisfy Kwantlen’s General University Admission Requirements. Complete details at: kwantlen.ca/generaladmissionIn addition, the following course prerequisites apply:
- English 12 with a C+ or equivalent (writing the Kwantlen English Placement Test is recommended if a candidate cannot meet the required minimum letter grade). Required for CMNS 1140.
- Mathematics 11 with a C. Required for several HORT courses. Please refer to the Calendar.
Applicants are invited to meet with a faculty member to help clarify program demands and career opportunities. Early application is recommended. Applications are accepted early as November 1st for the following September start.
Tuition and Program Costs
- Tuition, supplies, and textbooks are approximately $3,000 per semester. Note: These costs are subject to change without notice.
- Kwantlen offers many scholarships, awards, bursaries and information on other funding options. Visit the website for more information on a wide range of financial assistance and awards programs available to Kwantlen students.
- Students returning to school from the workforce may be eligible for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada sponsorship. Contact your local Employment Centre for details on eligibility www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Opportunities for Further Studies
Continue your horticulture education with the Bachelor of Horticulture Science. Study either Plant Health or Urban Ecosystems. All your diploma course credits count towards the first two years of either degree. Please consult Michelle.Nakano@kpu.ca/ 604-599-3304 for details.
Diploma graduates have the option to continue their studies towards a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree at Kwantlen. For more information on this opportunity, please call 604-599-3283. Transfer depends on the student's academic record. Some course substitutions may be approved to facilitate transfer to the B.B.A.
A Diploma in Horticulture Technology will be granted to students who have completed the required course work as listed below. Note: Courses may be taken out of the order listed below, but specific course prerequisites apply. See on-line calendar for course prerequisites http://www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2013-14/courses/hort/index.html
Normal Course Progression for full-time studies
Discuss with the Associate Dean or Program Chair the option of substituting these courses for program courses.