Director's Note

The School of Professional Horticulture’s mission is to educate and train motivated individuals to become horticulturists of the highest caliber, equipped to take on leadership positions in either the public or private sectors. One of the School’s many strengths is the combination of a strong academic curriculum with real-world experience gained by working alongside The New York Botanical Garden’s expert Horticulture staff.

Professional horticulture synthesizes art and science to beautify our surroundings so that others may enjoy a better quality of life. Its very nature allows us to nurture and create an outdoor studio. The work also asks us to measure, research, and diagnose everything that a scientist conducts during fieldwork. The end result can be spectacular: as wide-ranging as the Botanical Garden’s expansive grounds or as subtle as a single well-grown orchid.

At the School of Professional Horticulture, art and science form the very core of the program. Class sizes are limited to 15 students to ensure that each student receives the appropriate amount of attention from staff and that teamwork is fostered. Students with diverse backgrounds yet shared interests and goals study, create, and refine their skills and knowledge. Within two years, they become familiar with the cultural needs of more than 1,000 plants and some of the common pests and diseases that accompany them, while working in state-of-the-art facilities and across our 250-acre campus. Students learn about native plants, green roofs, and sustainable practices in their coursework, during their horticulture rotations, and by attending special lectures and symposia sponsored by the School. Upon graduation, students leave knowing that they are well prepared to succeed in a wide variety of horticultural venues.

Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., Director
The School of Professional Horticulture

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