Student Life at the School

What does the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture experience offer that sets it above other horticultural programs?

“I really liked the idea of the practical program and being able to not only learn about horticulture but to put all of that to use as well.”

80+ years of experiential learning

Our programs offer over 1,000 hours of experiential learning outside of the classroom to nurture the growth of well-rounded skills and build confidence while developing strong leadership abilities.

Small Classes and Focus Groups

Class sizes are no larger than 12 students to offer an abundance of meaningful instructor/student contact opportunities.

Residence: your home away from home

Residence: your home away from home

Our student residence on the grounds of Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens offers a positive experience in a co-ed, dormitory-style environment. Living in residence is an excellent opportunity to develop interpersonal skills and share defining educational experiences with classmates.

Included amenities:

  • High-speed, wireless internet
  • Common lounges
  • Pay-per-use laundry room
  • Free parking

First-year students are guaranteed a place in residence and can select preferred accommodations after accepting their offer of admission.

Non-first-year students interested in applying for residence for the fall semester must do so by May 1, 2021. Students will be selected for residence based on their engagement, academic performance and contributions to student life.

Residence Options & Rates

Accommodation Type Cost (per semester)*
Single occupancy dormitory $2,208
Shared dormitory (1 roommate) $1,920

*One academic year includes three semesters (fall, winter, summer).

A non-refundable deposit of $400/semester is required for students accepted into residence. Please note that accommodation preferences are not always possible.

Payment due dates:

  • Fall semester: September 2, 2021
  • Winter semester: January 4, 2022
  • Summer semester: April 19, 2022

Dining on Campus

Dining on campus is easy with our convenient meal plan service. Choose from an array of healthy food options prepared by the school’s in-house culinary team. Special dietary needs may be accommodated upon request.

Meal plans are required for students living in residence and optional for students living off campus.

Dining on Campus

Meal Plan Options

Plan Description Cost (per semester)**
Students living in residence*
1 3 meals/day (7-day plan) $3,165
2 3 meals/day (5-day plan) $2,265
Students living off campus
3 5 lunch meals/week $755
4 Individual meals $8.61

*Students living in residence are required to purchase either plan 1 or 2. **One academic year includes three semesters (fall, winter, summer).

Residence Dining Room Hours

Fall & Winter Semesters Summer Semester
Breakfast 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Dinner 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m..

Industry Contacts

The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture provides many contact points for students to start networking within the industry before graduation. Included are mentorship opportunities, internship placement, study tours, trade shows, seminars, guest speakers and alumni connections.

Applied Leadership & Resume Building

Senior students get first-hand experience as crew supervisors, leading student crews on horticulture tasks within the Botanical Gardens. This indispensable learning experience offers an opportunity to develop important leadership skills that look great on a resume.

Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship

Graduates of the NPD program may be eligible to write the provincial exam to gain the certificate of qualification for the Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship in Ontario.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Our school is fully recognized by OSAP and also offers a number of internal scholarships. Many industry-based scholarships and bursary opportunities are available as well.

Get Paid to Learn

All of our students are registered apprentices and employees of Niagara Parks. Students receive payment for their practical-based learning in the Botanical Gardens.

Additional services and support:

  • Academic and learning supports
  • Living arrangements and residence
  • Free parking
  • Employment opportunities and career services
  • Library and study space
  • Student association
  • Student-led activities and leadership

In compliance with the latest public health measures issued by the Government of Ontario, some Niagara Parks sites, including all attractions and indoor dining facilities are closed effective January 5, 2022.

Conformément aux dernières mesures de santé publique du gouvernement de l'Ontario, certains sites de Niagara Parks, y compris toutes les attractions et les restaurants intérieurs, sont fermés à compter du 5 janvier 2022.