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The Horticulture program is part of the Natural & Applied Sciences Division. If you have any questions about the department, please contact Anders Vidstrand at avidstrand@nvcc.edu or 703.450.2614. 

Attention Horticulture Program Students

The 2020-2021 Catalog Year Programs of Study have been published (https://catalog.nvcc.edu/) and involve some considerable changes and improvements to the required courses for both Horticulture AAS Degrees. The following is to serve as a quick guide to these changes:

  • Remember that you will automatically stay in your current declared Catalog Year Program and that you can still graduate under that program. You may elect to be enrolled in the new Catalog Year Program if desired.
  • The following courses are considered equivalent (in degree requirement not in content) in all Catalog Years (but a course substitution request will still need to be submitted with your advisor):
    • HRT 251 Site Engineering is equal to HRT 259 Arboriculture
    • HRT 252 Construction Drawings is equal to Any Approved HRT Elective
    • HRT 246 Herbaceous Plants is equal to HRT 201 Landscape Plants I
    • HRT 247 Indoor Plants is equal to HRT 202 Landscape Plants II
    • HRT 125 Chemicals in Horticulture is equal to CHM 101 or higher

(HRT 125, HRT 251, HRT 252 have been eliminated from the program, HRT 246 and HRT 247 have been replaced with HRT 201 and HRT 202)

  • In most cases, if you are close to completion, it makes sense to stay in your current (historic) Catalog Year Program.
  • If you have specific types of financial aid or are relatively new to the Horticulture Program, it might make sense to elect to the new Catalog Year. Please contact your Advisor or Horticulture Instructor for specific questions.

For Questions Contact: Anders Vidstrand (avidstrand@nvcc.edu)

Spring Plant Sale Cancelled

Please note that the spring plant sale has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please contact us if you have any questions about the plant sale.

Every year The Horticulture Club hosts a Poinsettia sale inside the Loudoun Greenhouse during the first week of December. Many varieties of specialty Poinsettias are ordered in and then grown on by students until they are ready for the sale.

The club also grows a variety of annuals for two plant sales that are held in April. The spring campus greenhouse plant sale and the annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival in downtown Leesburg.

The Horticulture Department hosts a monthly Horticulture Club Meeting, taking part in trips, discussing market trends, events for members, and student presentations. The Horticulture Club is also in the works of offering scholarships and have scholarships available from outside organizations.

Learn More: Hort Scholarships


Current Job Openings 

View Job Postings: Horticulture Jobs

5200 sq ft greenhouse, including a conservatory bay, propagation bay, and growing bay. The surrounding grounds are solely maintained by the Horticulture department. The department also has an array of construction equipment and a woodshop. There is also a Horticultural library and study lounge.