Environmental Horticulture


  • Chris Smith
  • (425) 739-8424
  • Kirkland Campus
    Horticulture Building, H-2
  • Hours
    Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Environmental Horticulture program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides high quality instruction and hands-on learning experiences in the field of horticulture. Students complete the program ready to compete for jobs in the Seattle area and beyond, and have a broad base of knowledge and practical experiences. Horticulture students will learn what it takes to be an industry leader, use critical thinking skills and understand sustainable horticultural practices.

Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a certificate of proficiency in Environmental Horticulture. Core horticulture classes for either degree can be completed in four quarters. This is a cohort program by design, which allows students follow the same classmates and instructor together until graduation. The cohort program provides a unique opportunity for students at LWTech to build a tight-knit network of like-minded professional horticulturists. The Environmental Horticulture program meets four days a week, six hours a day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Learn from Industry Experts

With over 50 years of combined teaching experience, the Environmental Horticulture instructors are highly involved and respected in the industry. Horticulture students at LWTech will:

  • Benefit from field trips, guest speakers and experiential learning.
  • Participate in student-run plant sales and stewardship of the onsite study arboretum.
  • Learn and work alongside designers to set up the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show
  • Experience personalized hands-on instruction.
  • Discover current trends in sustainable practices.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

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Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.