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Welcome to Merritt College Landscape Horticulture

(updated Jan. 16, 2018)

• LH10 INSECT ID & MGMT rescheduled to Monday evening!
• LH77 Crop Production: CANCELED

We know a schedule change this late can be hard to accommodate, but the Insects class this spring will be well worth any inconvenience this may pose new instructor Eddie Dunbar. The class has been moved to Mondays, 6- 9:45pm. Students pre-enrolled in the Tuesday class will need to re-enroll, and that schedule change is now live. Enrollment code: 29180

LH77 Crop Production: We’re sorry to have needed to cancel Friday’s Crop Production class. Remember that early enrollment is crucial to class viability. This class may well have run; enough students may have intended to enroll, and the ideal number may have been reached once the semester began, but without those numbers early on, classes do get canceled.  If you are even thinking about signing up for a class, don’t delay! Waiting until the semester starts because you want to first get a feel for a class may well mean there’s no longer a class to be checked out. Please enroll early in any and all potential classes – if you decide a class is not for you after all, just be sure to drop within those 1st two weeks. The deadline to drop with no fees owed and no “W” on your record this spring is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

LH10 Insect ID & Management: New instructor Eddie Dunbar joins the Merritt Hort Dept. for rescheduled LH 10 Insects class. Eddie Dunbar, founder of Oakland Insect Sciences Museum of CA joins the Merritt College HORT dept. this spring semester to teach LH 10 Insect ID & Management on Monday evenings, beginning Jan. 22. Get acquainted with our 6-legged co-habitants through this 16 week, 3 unit course, Mondays, 6 – 9:45pm, running through May 21st.

A lifelong naturalist, author, photographer, tech guy, and more, Eddie’s one of the forces behind many collaborative and solo ventures, and if you’re at all a local nature buff, doubtless you have encountered his work.

Oakland’s Bug Guy Wants You To Like Bugs Too – Bay Nature article, June, 2013
Insect photography with Eddie Dunbar  at Wild Oakland website (not familiar with this site? You should be- this is a hidden Bay Area gem filled with all kinds of great stuff!)
Insects of the San Francisco Bay Area – a multi-contributor database filled with amazing photos and facts
Summer of Science: Bugging Out with Eddie Dunbar – at Oakland Museum CA site 
Lake Merritt and Greater Oakland Insects – ebook “Through 229 color photographs readers will learn about 144 of Lake Merritt’s lesser known inhabitants”

_To sign up, you must be an actively enrolled Peralta Colleges student. Once the class with new day/time goes live, we’ll be posting the new 5 digit class code you’ll need to get enrolled. You can also find that number through the Passport ONLINE SCHEDULE, or by logging in to your student center) .

DOWNLOAD HERE a pdf of the below flyer. Tell your friends about this great opportunity and help promote/advise of schedule change.

Download an up-to-date pdf of our department’s spring 2018 class schedule HERE
And…the Spring 2018 Fee-based Pruning Class Schedule is now HERE  

Check back- Floral Design classes for spring 2018 soon to be posted.

Please note: there are always revisions to the class schedule post-publication of the Peralta-wide printed schedule! 

You will always find up-to-date schedule information on this page. The following classes may have changes that differ from the Peralta-wide print schedule (and that includes the web-posted pdf of it, as well as the “flip book” version)

Earlier schedule updates (from November/December are:
• LH34ABC Computer-Assisted Landscape Design has moved to Tuesdays- same time (6:30- 9:20)- all else remains the same.
• LH23 Plant Terminology, taught by Stew Winchester, has moved to Thursdays.

You may access our newly revised Landscape Horticulture department class schedule HERE. Remember that you can always access up-to-date and accurate class schedule info for all four Peralta colleges through the online Passport system HERE. Remember that the Passport schedule is where you’ll always find the latest schedule info, reflecting all room, instructor and time changes; added classes (don’t miss out); and (sigh) canceled classes. Don’t rely only on the Peralta print version of the schedule as EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Schedule updates can always be found on this page and the ENVMT department’s soon after changes have occurred.

Missed the plant sale? Wish you’d bought that one plant you had your eye on?
It’s not too late! Check out our courtyard plant kiosk for ongoing sales.

While the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department’s Fall 2017 plant sale weekend has passed, our nursery manager Nia Hill maintains a mini-plant sale kiosk in our courtyard where you can find a select variety of interesting and useful plants. We still have some awesome plants for sale, including a small selection of vegetable starts ready for your fall planting, so come on by during the week. We’re here Monday through Fridays (and some Saturday’s- see Aesthetic Pruning class schedule for Saturday dates). Need more info? Email Nia Hill at  Check out Nia’s recently developed Merritt Land Hort Nursery website for more info and to see what Nia and our students (as well as other faculty and staff!) have been up to.

And remember, all proceeds from plant sales support our students. We also have a selection of LANHT dept. special-issue t-shirts and roomy canvas bags for sale (pictures coming soon), We also have for sale hand-screened prints of our poster, created and printed just for our sales by artist Tamar Beja. Check out our archive of mailers and posters.

Important Update: Cannabis Program on Hold

Our cannabis curriculum is in continuing development, and while we were hoping to launch soon, the program is now on hold due to our need to adhere to federal regulations. Jobs are becoming available in this up and coming field, and as our goal is to provide quality education  that ensures our students are job ready and equipped with the most current working knowledge to meet industry standards, and we’ll offer this program as soon as we’re able. 

• The Spring 2018 semester class schedule is available HERE
• The Spring 2018 Pruning class schedule is available HERE
 The Spring 2018 Floral Design class schedule is coming soon.
• Find the most up-to-date class schedules through Passport HERE.

Registration for spring is open to all students now! Register EARLY • Register NOW. Don’t wait! Late enrollment can mean losing your space OR- classes being canceled. Not certain you want to take that class? To be on the safe side, enroll anyway- as long as you drop within the first two weeks of class (no later than Feb. 4, 2018 for non-dynamically dated classes), you will get a full refund and have no “W” on your transcript.

For detailed curriculum information, visit our COURSES and Degrees and Certificates pages. Download a pdf file of our program offerings HEREPlan ahead- THIS pdf shows projected class scheduling (day/evening fall/spring) through 2020 (everything being subject to change). 

The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program and its facilities are among the largest in northern California. These facilities include 5,000 square feet of computerized greenhouses, a 5,000-square-foot lath house, floral and drafting lab, library, a rapidly expanding arboretum, and the most up-to-date horticulture equipment. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in all the major horticultural disciplines–including landscape design and construction, nursery and greenhouse management, floral production and design, turf management and arboriculture (see complete list of degree and certificate programs and courses below).

The Landscape Horticulture program at Merritt College offers many benefits that make us the first choice of over 5,000 students each year including: our over 45-year tradition of academic excellence most prominently manifested in our distinguished alumni and the faculty who taught them; our small classes, caring faculty, friendly admissions staff, and first-class support services; our great location–the campus is nestled in the scenic Oakland hills with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and out through the Golden Gate and beyond. Prospective students can meet with a counselor or can call the Landscape Horticulture Department at  (510) 436-2418 or email

Career opportunities abound! Graduates are employed by city, county and regional parks departments, the California State Division of Highways, county, state and federal department of agriculture, school and college districts, botanical gardens, golf courses, pest control contractors, landscape contactors, retail and wholesale nurseries and flower shops. Many become self-employed in landscape management and contracting. Entry salaries vary considerably depending on skill level and geographic location.

For up-to-date course descriptions and degree/certificate info, see below links

The Landscape Horticulture Department is located on the northwestern end of the Merritt College campus, up the road (Margie lane) from the Children’s Center and across from the tennis courts. Use the northerly  loop road entrance into the campus and then take an immediate left. The gate will open automatically when you drive up to it during our regular hours. If it does not open during regularly scheduled class time, please notify us at (510) 436-2418 (office) or 436-2491 (field office).
Our hours vary: During spring and fall semesters: Monday – Thursday 8:30am until approximately 9:30 or 10pm (until last class is gone). Fridays: 8:30am- 5:30pm.

We are also open some Saturdays, 9am- 12:30pm. See the Aesthetic Pruning class schedule for Saturday dates.

For more detail on department events, history, news, etc., visit

• Find Landscape Horticulture Course Descriptions HERE

Landscape Horticulture Degrees

  • Associate of Arts in Landscape Architecture
  • Associate of Science in Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
  • Associate of Science in Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
  • Associate of Science in Nursery Management Specialist

Landscape Horticulture Certificates

  • Certificate of Achievement in Basic Landscape Horticulture
  • Certificate of Achievement in Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction
  • Certificate of Achievement in Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance
  • Certificate of Achievement in Intermediate Nursery Management
  • Certificate of Achievement in Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
  • Certificate of Achievement in Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
  • Certificate of Achievement in Nursery Management Specialist
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Permaculture Design

Fee-Based Classes: Floral Design and Aesthetic Pruning Class Schedule archives can be
found on the fee-based class page.

The Spring 2018 Aesthetic Pruning schedule is available HERE
The Fall 2017 Floral Design schedule is coming soon