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Niagara Parks School of Horticulture Programs

Studying at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences in some of the most visited and iconic gardens in the world! Learn from and work alongside industry experts in our comprehensive programs that blend a range of learning styles with practical work experience. From the classroom to internships and full-time employment, we’re with you every step of the way.

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100% Job Placement Rate

Established in 1936

85 Years of Horticultural Education

Niagara Parks Diploma in Professional Horticulture

This three-year diploma program offers a unique alternative to post-secondary education and a credential that is highly regarded within the horticultural industry.

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Horticulture Technician Diploma

Learn how to apply the principles of plant and soil sciences to work in a variety of horticultural settings in this two-year diploma program that builds skills through experiential learning.

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Leadership in Professional Horticulture Certificate

The one-year Leadership in Professional Horticulture certificate explores leadership theory, skills, and knowledge to develop supervisory competencies for the workplace.

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Apprenticeship Training

Our on-campus practical horticulture education on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens forms the foundation of the NPD apprenticeship training program.

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Horticultural Rotations

All students complete three-week horticultural rotations throughout their course of study. Key functional areas covered include:

  • Turf maintenance
  • Seasonal design
  • Horticultural maintenance
  • Pruning & hedging
  • Seasonal display installation & maintenance
  • Plant health care
  • Plant records
  • Greenhouse production
  • Other elective projects

During each rotation, students are evaluated and tested on their mastery of the horticultural skills covered in the rotation, including planting, propagation, watering, pruning, perennial maintenance, fertilization and more.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place at Niagara Parks locations. Learn more about what is open and what we are doing to keep our guests safe.