School of Horticulture

School of Horticulture Overview

SCC's Horticulture programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the horticulture industry. Thanks to a widely respected campus arboretum with many gardens and greenhouse production facilities on our campus, SCC students gain hands-on experience with plant production, landscaping, nursery operations, greenhouse management and more. Students also attend conferences and field trips for diverse horticulture experiences and many complete internships with various companies such as Walt Disney World, The Greenery and the Biltmore House.

View or download School of Horticulture brochure (PDF)

Scholarships/Financial Aid:

Any student entering the horticulture program is encouraged to contact our financial aid department to see what scholarships may be available. Financial aid opportunities include specific horticulture scholarships such as the "Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship" (any student who is a resident of any county other than Spartanburg or Cherokee counties is eligible for the scholarship that if awarded pays the out-of-county tuition difference for one academic year). 
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Training For A Career:

Our Associate Degree program offers hands on training where students acquire knowledge and skills necessary for jobs in our industry such as:
  • Landscape installation and maintenance (irrigation, turf grass and plant material)
  • Parks and recreation maintenance
  • Landscape design
  • Sports turf and golf course management
  • Retail and wholesale greenhouse and nursery operations
  • Botanical garden and arboretum management

View Career Opportunities: See listing of horticulture careers on

Transfer Opportunities:

Our graduates can transfer credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree at Clemson University, through our academic partnership in majors such as:

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture Education
  • Turfgrass
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Forestry Resource Management


A keystone of our horticulture program is internships. Our students have acquired internships locally and in many states through out the US. Some locations include:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Biltmore House & Gardens
  • Roebuck Wholesale Nursery and Landscaping
  • The Greenery
  • Greenville Drive Stadium
  • Great Dixter/England
  • Carolina Panthers Stadium
  • Thornblade Country Club

SCC Arboretum:

Through numerous grants and the SCC Foundation, SCC's campus has become a nationally recognized arboretum, providing students with an outdoor lab complex. This, together with four greenhouses, a nursery production area, several unique niche gardens and an ornamental garden, provides students with hands-on learning experiences that lead to numerous educational and career opportunities in the progressive southeast. The SCC Arboretum's beauty is highlighted in the annual SCC Arboretum calendar that is sold to raise funds for the Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship fund.

Spring Plant Sale

March 31 & April 1, 2023 | 8am-1:30pm
Horticulture Greenhouses 


Information and Programs

View Specific Programs and Course Requirements Below:

  1. Horticulture, AAS Degree

  2. Landscape Management Certificate

  3. Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

Photos of School of Horticulture faculty and Arboretum Campus

Top left - SCC Horticulture Faculty Kevin Parris, arboretum director; Jason Bagwell, program director; Jay Moore, faculty. Top right and bottom row - SCC Giles Campus Arboretum

Horticulture Program Continues to Blossom

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The Sustainable Agriculture program will explore the broad fields of sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and food systems.
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