What will I learn in this program?

The Environmental Horticulture program at CCSF offers a broad curriculum in a community-based program. The program maintains strong links with employers (many of whom are CCSF graduates) in both the private and public sectors.  Professional organizations such as the California Landscape Contractors Association, the California Association of Nurserymen and the San Francisco Professional Gardeners Association recognize the Environmental Horticultural program and provide scholarship assistance for outstanding students.

Environmental Horticulture provides an ongoing job placement service to its students, as well as referral to superlative internships such as those at Strybing Arboretum and Filoli Estate.

The program offers excellent facilities, and a staff committed to student success.

Other program highlights include:

  • Degree and certificate programs for varied interests and levels of commitment
  • Individualized assistance in planning a course of study
  • Superb greenhouse and nursery facilities
  • A diverse student body and positive learning environment
  • Work experience classes and strong links to employers in the community
  • Greenhouse and Nursery Production
  • Arboriculture (Tree Care)
  • Landscape Design and Installation
  • Residential and Estate Gardening
  • Control Specialist
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Nursery Specialist / Propagator
  • City Gardener
  • Retail Nursery Sales
  • Interiorscape Design and Maintenance
  • Golf Course Maintenance
  • Park Supervision

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Hourly Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other


            5.9% Growth

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Supervisors


            8.4% Growth

Gardeners and Groundskeepers


Always a demand

Floral Designers


Always a demand

With the evolving "Green Industry" the demand for knowledgeable horticulturalists is increasing exponentially.  Increasing standards for environmental quality, popularity of outdoor recreation and surging interest in gardening have created a strong demand for individuals skilled in horticulture.  Please check out CCSF Career Connection website for actual job listings:

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?


Does this program have any special costs?

Some small tools are required.  Students should be prepared to spend $100 for books and tools.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Associate in Science Degree in Floristry

2 Years

Award of Achievement in Floristry

2 Years

Award of Achievement in Landscape Gardening

2 Years

Award of Achievement in Landscape Contracting

2 Years

Award of Achievement in Nursery and Garden-Center Operation

2 Years

Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Horticulture

1.5 Years

Landscape Maintenance Certificate

1.5 Years

Nursery and Garden-Center Operation Certificate

1.5 Years

Commercial Cut-Flower Greenhouse Production Certificate

1.5 Years

Landscape Design Certificate

1.5 Years

Landscape Construction Certificate

1.5 years

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:
Department contact information:  Environmental Horticulture and Floristry, Office: EH/F, Ocean Campus
Steven W. Brown, AIFD Department Chair, (415) 239-3140 or