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Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

This fast-paced, industry-recognized program offers a 36-month Horticultural Diploma, providing unequaled job placement in the industry post-graduation. Students will network with horticultural industry professionals in this unique educational experience on a living campus: the world-renowned Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.


Student kneeling near a garden bed

Program Overview

The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture provides the opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning where students develop horticulture knowledge, skills in a project-based, team setting.

The program offers a unique alternative to post-secondary education and provides graduates with a credential that is highly regarded within the horticultural industry. The synergies created by experiential learning develops the student’s technical skills, knowledge and confidence while building leadership abilities necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Students join crews of industry experts where they are fully engaged in an experiential learning approach over the 36 month program.

Take advantage of industry-relevant internships; curriculum in experiential learning, leadership and social entrepreneurship;  and residence included in year one and two. Tuition rates of $1,500/year include residence and meal plan.


The completion of the program requires thirty-six consecutive months, beginning the last week of March. Students are responsible for a minimum of a forty-hour work week, Monday to Friday, made up of practical work and academic lectures.

The school academic program runs year-round, with the primary academic term running from September to March. Academic courses build on the knowledge gained through the practical horticulture experiences of maintaining the plant collections, gardens and landscape features of the Botanical Gardens.

Student trimming hedges

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

  • Mentorship Speciation

    Course Code: SPR731 The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is committed to develop the career-relevant competencies, knowledge, experiences and networks of its 3rd year students. The Mentored Specialization focuses on optimizing the fit between each graduate’s resume or curriculum vitae and the expectations of his/her chosen career. Under the mentorship of an industry leader, this 12-month “capstone” course is designed to help each student integrate their third-year studies; develop their specialized experience, competencies, networks and knowledge; refine their analytical and communications skills; and launch a successful career upon graduation.

School of Horticulture Admissions

The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is accepting applications June 1, 2019 for enrolment in March of 2020. Applicants to the School of Horticulture must complete the application form, available online. Completed applications can be submitted online or mailed:

Admissions, The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture
P.O. BOX 150
Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T2

Required Pre-requisite Courses

Ontario Applicants

Applicants from Ontario are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 60% in the university level or 70% in the college level in each of the following pre-requisite secondary school courses*:

  • Mathematics: Grade 12 (one of: Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, Mathematics of Data Management, Mathematics for College Technology, or Foundations for College Mathematics)
  • English: Grade 12
  • Biology: Grade 11 or 12
  • Chemistry: Grade 11 or 12

*Note: The courses listed above are the minimum requirements. Course credits earned at post-secondary institutes may be considered as substitutes for the above listed academic pre-requisites.

Canadian Applicants (from outside of Ontario)

Applicants whose secondary school studies have been completed outside the Province of Ontario are required to submit evidence of equivalent standing.

Frequently Asked Questions