Horticulture Training Program

The University of British Columbia is recognized as an Industry Training Authority (ITA) Designated Training Provider of the Landscape Horticulturist Program – Levels 1 and 2. The program is endorsed by the Industry Training Organization, HortEducationBC (HEBC).

Regular Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

Please note that we are currently accepting applications for Fall 2015.

Program Information Sessions*

Come and join a free information session to learn all about the UBC Botanical Gardens’ provincially accredited Horticulture Training Program. Meet the instructors, tour the facilities and discuss the exciting projects we have planned for the upcoming year.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • *All sessions meet at UBC Botanical Garden in the Reception Centre. Click here for directions to the Garden.  

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Running from September to May, this full­time program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels 1 & 2 Apprenticeship technical training credit.

“The UBC Horticulture Training Program is special because of its emphasis on fundamentals and practical aspects of horticulture,” states Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections, UBC Botanical Garden. “The gardens and facilities here are beautiful environments for practical learning, and the program will provides excellent opportunities for students to train alongside our industry-leading horticulturists.”

Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.

“The increasing demands to solve the environmental concerns with urban forestry, agriculture and many other ‘greening’ initiatives of the future are becoming more difficult, especially when the choices for education and training are limited,” states Brian Scott, Superintendent of Operations, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (retired). “I feel that the new UBC Horticulture Training Program will benefit our field tremendously by providing graduates who are well prepared to step into these evolving horticultural positions.”

Horticulture instruction is undertaken using the facilities of the Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields, and the UBC landscape at large. Instruction includes a variety of off-site field trips to various horticultural organizations and operations.



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6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.3928
Fax: 604.822.2016 Email: garden.info@ubc.ca

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