Landscape Horticulture

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Contact the Program Director

Michael Gaspar

Residential Faculty - Sustainable Agriculture

Office: TC 50 - Room: TC 421

This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Landscape Horticulture

If you’ve got a green thumb and keen design sense and would love a professional outlet for your talents, consider a landscaping career. Our Landscape Horticulture program can help prepare you for a career as a gardener, technician, supervisor, manager, or business owner in a wholesale or retail nursery, a florist, landscape design and construction operation, or a landscape management company. It can also prepare you for a career with local, state, and federal government agencies involved in the technical phases of the landscape horticulture industry.

Our program will educate you on how to design, install, and maintain landscapes, irrigation systems, and greenhouses. Experienced instructors will teach you about common landscape plants, as well as plant growth and their response to different soils, climate, sun exposure levels, water availability, nutrients, and pests. You’ll also learn about various aspects of running a landscape business, including the techniques and tools common to the industry.

Take the first step toward a new career in landscape horticulture. Begin your journey today.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Landscape Horticulture program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Landscape Aide
Certificate of Completion CCL Landscape Specialist

Associate Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Landscape Horticulture program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Landscape Horticulture

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Landscape Horticulture program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Contact the Program Director

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to contact the program director of the Landscape Horticulture program, Peter Conden.  Schedule an appointment by email at or by phone at 480-461-7125. Together you’ll lay out a program or career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.