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Welcome to Landscape Horticulture


        New! Coming for  Fall 2018:Urban Arboriculture Program

For information, contact Laura Forlin at or (510) 436-2418.

More details to come!


The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program is one of the largest horticulture programs in Northern California. We offer a wide diversity of courses and serve a widely diverse community. Whether your goal is professional development;  finding your calling and career; a better understanding of and connection to the natural world; or you just want to make a garden or improve your existing one, you can find it here.

Merritt College is a community college, open to all at reasonable cost – only $46 per unit. Fee waivers and/or financial aid are available to qualifying students. For our fee-based classes, you need only to pay the (reasonable) tuition. To enroll in academic classes, you do need to go to fill out the cccapply community college application. Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive your Passport log-in information and may enroll in open enrollment and some dynamically-dated (short-term) classes immediately. You must enroll in regular term classes during specific enrollment windows only.

The Landscape Horticulture program at Merritt College offers many benefits that make us the first choice of Bay Area students each year, including: our 50-year tradition of academic excellence, our small classes, our caring and well-versed faculty and staff (most of whom were once Merritt students themselves), our strong community ties, and, of course, our great location – nestled in the Oakland hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in all major horticultural fields, including landscape design and construction; landscape architecture; parks and maintenance; nursery and greenhouse management; floral production and design; aesthetic pruning; permaculture. We are likely  to launch our new arborist degree and certificate program  in fall of 2018. For complete descriptions of our courses, degrees, and certificates, follow the according lefthand navigation links.

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. And yes, we have a very active job board for our students and alumni.

All are welcome to tour our 7.5 acre facility. Our outdoor classroom includes a 5,000 square foot nursery; an arboretum, orchard,  meadow, and outdoor kitchen; urban community, permaculture, bee, and other evolving gardens;  and our indoor classrooms include 5,000 square feet of both greenhouse and  lath house space, three state-of-the-art classrooms, and a horticultural library. Prospective students are welcome to drop by for a self-guided tour, and to meet with one of our staff. To ensure staff is available to meet with you, please schedule an appointment: call (510) 436-2418, or email (preferred);;;

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.


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.

Address: 12500 College Drive, Oakland, 94619

Public Transportation:  AC Transit on Line 54 from Fruitvale BART Station via 35th Avenue and Redwood Rd.  Public transportation info at

By car:  From the Warren Freeway, HWY 13 South, exit Redwood Road, turn Left.  From HWY 13 North, exit Carson Street, straight across Carson St/Mountain intersection, the turn right onto Redwood Rd.  Follow Merritt signs up Redwood Road to Campus Drive, turn right. Continue ½ mile to Merritt College.  From the MacArthur Freeway, 580 East, exit 35th Avenue’ turn left onto 35th Avenue.  35th Avenue will become Redwood Road; continue to the campus


Our Spring 2018 Plant Sale & Fair will be held the weekend of May 5 & 6. More news to follow.

We usually have a small variety of plants for sale at our courtyard plant kiosk. Our nursery manager Nia Hill regularly adds new plants to the kiosk, and there you’ll find a select variety of interesting and useful plants for sale. Come 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.

*All proceeds from plant sales directly support 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.

• 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 has closed for spring 2018, except for late start classes across the Peralta colleges. LANHT has one late start short-term class, LH26 Pruning, a .5 unit class, taking place two consecutive Saturdays, March 17th & 24th. We do offer, every semester (including summer) our open enrollment (you may enroll at any time!), 0 unit (and 0 cost!) LH501 Urban Community Gardening class, where you can learn all about and practice raised bed vegetable gardening. The class meets at the Merritt Hort dept. on Tuesday mornings, 9-11am, and Wednesday mornings at Lakeside Park. For more info:

When registration does open for a new semester, register EARLY • 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.


Please note: there are always changes at all four Peralta colleges after publication of the Peralta-wide printed class schedule. Use the continuously updated Passport online class search instead. Remember: EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
You can always find important advisories on this page, and details of Hort dept. schedule & updates HERE

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

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

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


• Landscape Architecture

• Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
• Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
• Nursery Management Specialist



• Basic Landscape Horticulture
• Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction
• Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance
• Intermediate Nursery Managemene
• Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
• Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
• Nursery Management Specialist

• Permaculture Design

(NON-CREDIT pay-as you-go)

Floral Design and Aesthetic Pruning Class information archives and schedule archives may be found on the fee-based class page.