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Welcome to Merritt College Landscape Horticulture

(updated October 16, 2017)

 The Spring 2018 class schedule has arrived!

While we don’t yet have our in-house department-published schedule of specifically LANHT classes available, it will be posted here soon, so check back. You CAN 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 yoll always find the latest schedule info, reflecting all room, instructor, 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:

Also coming soon: the spring 2018 fee-based class schedules for our Aesthetic Pruning and Floral Design programs (and our in-development Cannabis Cultivation course- info here soon!)

You can download schedules of classes currently offered this semester at the following links:

• The Fall 2017 semester schedule is available HERE
• The Fall 2017 Aesthetic Pruning schedule is available HERE
The Fall 2017 Floral Design schedule is available HERE
• Find the most up-to-date class schedules through Passport HERE.

Registration for fall 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 Sept. 3, 2017 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 the most up-to-date complete course descriptions and degree/certificate info, follow the below links.
For more detail on department events, history, news, etc., visit

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.

• Find Landscape Horticulture Course Descriptions Here

Fee-Based Classes: Floral Design and Aesthetic Pruning
The Fall 2017 Aesthetic Pruning schedule is available HERE
The Fall 2017 Floral Design schedule is available HERE
Previous Schedules:
Spring 2017 LANHT academic course schedule
Spring 2017 Aesthetic Pruning Class Schedule
Spring 2017 Floral Design Class Schedule
Fall 2016 Aesthetic Pruning Class Schedule
Fall 2016 Floral Design Class Schedule 

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