Horticulture & Gardening

Lay the foundation to succeed in the landscape industry.

Plant a sustainable career.


Founded in 1974 by world-renowned botanist Dr. Mildred E. Mathias, UCLA Extension’s Horticulture & Gardening program has a long history of excellence.

The Horticulture Certificate provides a solid foundation in plant biology, soil health, plant identification, and horticultural care. And our three specializations, Arboriculture, Gardening, and Plants for the Landscape, give you skills you can learn and apply immediately.

If you're looking for a career in the “green” industry, we have a robust series of offerings that can help further your goals.

Our programs are comprehensive, with courses that combine environmental stewardship with the art and science of horticulture.


New! UCLA Extension's Horticultural Therapy course series, approved by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), equips you with the skills to implement evidence-based techniques in specialized treatment and wellness care settings. Learn More.

Find a path that works for you.

What our students are saying.

🌿 Horticulture Hour

Hosted by the horticulture program office, this informal Zoom event is a platform for current and new program students to connect and network. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the hour. Have questions about the certificate or program, bring them with you!

Thursday, May 23, 3pm - 4pm PT

Email horticulture@uclaextension.edu for the meeting link.

This horticulture program has granted me the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to further my education and follow my passion of growing food.  Because of this program I have my dream job!

Wendi Dunn
Horticulture Certificate Student
tending to cabbage horticulture


J. Michael Baer Horticulture Scholarship

Students pursuing the Horticulture Certificate with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. 

Application deadline: January 15th of every year

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