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Urban Horticulture and Landscape Management Program in Aurora, CO

Start Your Career in Landscape Management with Our Program

Have you always wanted to work in nature? Perhaps you have a knack for design and want to share your talents. Whatever the case for you, be sure to consider a career in urban horticulture and landscape management. The certificate program at Pickens Technical College is an excellent place to start. Through our landscape management program, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills working with plants and creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes for all to enjoy. Ask our team for details about this fantastic program.

What Is Landscape Management?

Landscape management describes a set of careers with the common goal of caring for landscapes of all kinds. Many industry professionals focus on creating landscapes that are functional as well as sustainable. Workers in this field might evaluate sites, consult on new designs, and prepare management plans. Some landscape management professionals also have expertise in urban horticulture. This area of study looks at how plants fit within an urban environment.

Get the Details on this Program

Our program in landscape and urban horticulture management offers lots of exciting opportunities for students. We love introducing students to the fascinating world of urban horticulture and helping them build the skills they need for a lucrative career. We operate six greenhouses, where students have the chance to study tropical plants, nurseries, and much more. Our instructors also guide students in learning about materials, operations, and business practices in the landscape management industry. Your plan of study in urban horticulture and landscape management will include the following courses, and among others:

  • Landscape Design
  • Soil Science
  • Green Industry Equipment
  • Arboriculture
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Interior Plants



Introducing Our Instructors

Our team of instructors is excited to help students grow their skills in commercial landscape management and much more. Get to know our two instructors and their backgrounds:

  • Rachel Durkan: With over 6 years in the industry, Rachel Durkan has spent time in public horticulture (Dallas Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo, Denver Aquarium) and commercial landscaping. She has experience teaching after school programs, served as a substitute teacher for Denver Public Schools and has her Masters in Horticulture Education. Rachel also has the following credentials: Certified Horticulturist and Sustainable Landscape Management Certificate.
  • Donna Nading: A self-taught gardener, Donna has completed a Master Gardener Certification Program through Texas A&M. Since then, she’s worked in an environmental laboratory, striving to expand her knowledge about plants and how they grow.

How Can I Benefit from This Program?

An urban horticulture degree is much more than just caring for plants. This field of study can lead you to a lucrative career that will be relevant for years to come. Whether you’re more interested in the commercial side of things or prefer to stick to landscape design, our program has something for you. Explore the numerous benefits of our certificate program:

  • Sought-After Industry: The landscape management industry is thriving. And unlike many other jobs, this one can’t be automated. Choosing a career in horticulture means you’ll always have opportunities for employment. Plus, you can work nearly anywhere in the world!
  • Good Pay and Benefits: Landscape managers make more money per year than you may expect. The median salary sits just above $80,000, and senior management can earn even more.
  • Work with Something You Love: Nature lovers are often drawn to landscape concepts management. With an education from Pickens Technical College, you can use your passion for the environment to build a stable career.

Contact Our Team to Find Out More

If you’re excited about jumpstarting your career in the landscape management sector, get in touch with Pickens Technical College today! We’re happy to walk you through more details of our exciting urban horticulture program. No matter what kind of career you’re considering in landscape management, we can provide an exceptional education.

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