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Welcome to Merritt College Landscape Horticulture

(updated August 15, 2017)

ALERT! Latest News: Class Cancelations & Classes Needing Enrollment NOW

If you are interested in taking a class, sign up NOW! Always enroll early- to ensure your space on the roster AND to help stave off class cancelations. Not sure if you want to take that class? Be on the safe side and enroll in classes anyway. If you decide not to take the class after all, as long as you drop within the first two weeks of the semester (no later than Sept. 3 for non-dynamically dated classes), you will owe no fees and have no “W” on your record.


Are you working toward a Landscape Design or Architecture degree? You’ll need LH29 (or 29E) Planting Design, so enroll now before it’s too late; enrollments needed now. Yes- a glitch in the system advising that you’ve not completed the pre-req may prevent you from enrolling- but don’t give up- the class IS open and you are eligible to enroll. All you need do is to submit a pre-requisite challenge form  to Admissions & Records. Or contact Maril for help:

LH29E Planting Design; instructor: Sarah Gronquist; (4 units) Mondays, 6- 9:50pm; class registration code: 44619

Download a revised (current today, 8/2/17) pdf of the fall 2017 schedule HERE.

Don’t rely on the Peralta Colleges printed schedule (or the online “flip-book” version)- all of our colleges experience schedule changes, even as the printed schedule is being published. Always consult Passport’s online searchable schedule of classes for the most current info. You can always find the latest here as we revise our in-house schedule and our webpages as changes occur.

Revisions to LANHT schedule (now in Passport, but not in print/online flip book versions):

LH45 Mushroom Cultivation
LH52 Advanced Propagation
LH54 Integrated Pest Management
LH76 Edible Landscaping
LH206 Landscape Business Practices

• 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 HERE.NEW! Plan 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 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