Grow and Use Plants to Create a Greener World
Horticulture is the science and art of growing, maintaining and using plants in managed landscapes. At Chemeketa Community College, we offer a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in horticulture.
Prepares students for careers in the nursery and greenhouse industry. The Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry produces trees, shrubs and flowers for landscapes, fruits and vegetables for food production and plants for environmental restoration and ecological services.
In addition, we will be offering electives in small fruit & vegetable production and are exploring the possibility of an on-campus student farm focusing on sustainable agricultural production and community supported agriculture (CSA).
The Horticulture program maintains a greenhouse, nursery and garden complex on the east side of Chemeketa’s Salem campus. The greenhouse includes 3,000 square feet of heated space and 700 square feet of unheated space where we grow annual and perennial flowers, houseplants, flowering baskets, ground covers and more. In addition, we use the greenhouse space for horticulture labs, student experiments and plant sales throughout the year.
The nursery area is an irrigated yard where we grow trees, shrubs and perennial plants in containers. The beautiful gardens that surround the greenhouse and nursery includes a wide variety of ornamental landscape plants as well as a large section dedicated to vegetables and some small fruits. This is where Chemeketa students get hands-on experience in growing both ornamental and edible plants which prepares them for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the field.
More information is available by contacting the Horticulture program staff.