Horticultural Technology

Floral Design

In Floral Design (HT 240), students learn about wedding flowers and bridal bouquets!

Putting Green!

A HUGE thank you to Mary Thyng (UNH ’65), one of our Horticultural Technology program donors, for contributing to the construction of our brand new putting green! Students taking HT 263, Landscape Construction with Bill Gardocki unveil their project!

Lawn Maintenance

Thompson School alum, John Stevens of Stephens Landscaping, helps Horticulture Technology students aerate, overseed, and apply compost to the Thompson School lawn!

Stone Saw!

Students taking Landscape Construction (HT 263) use a stone saw to cut out a path behind Cole Hall!


Students learn basic pruning techniques for fruits and ornamentals: apples, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, grapes; deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees; herbaceous materials in our HT 256 course, Horticulture Pruning!

As a Horticultural Technology student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy our small size classroom atmosphere
  • Develop hands-on skills in courses that consist of a lecture with a corresponding interactive and experiential lab
  • Take coursework that is both academically and physically challenging
  • Study over 200 species of plant life on the University campus
  • Receive industry recognized certifications
  • Develop your leadership and management skills
  • Learn with faculty who have contacts throughout the horticultural community
  • Gain advice from your faculty advisor who will be assigned to you for the duration of your time at the Thompson School
  • Travel the area visiting horticultural facilities
  • Participate in a 480 hour practical summer work experience
  • Work and learn within the Thompson School Horticultural Facility and our outdoor campus grounds

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to the Horticultural Technology program area must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in both college preparatory mathematics and science (one science being biology, with a lab).


Our Horticultural Technology program is uniquely situated in a 2-year school located on a 4-year land-grant University campus. This gives students the opportunities afforded by a large 4-year campus and the advantages of a small school atmosphere. Horticultural Technology has been a part of the Thompson School since its creation in 1895. The program has developed and changed as horticulture in the state has become more technology based and has shifted from food crops to a sustainable ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry.

Students who prefer to be generalists in Horticultural Technology may opt for the Ornamental Horticulture concentration, while students who are interested in some aspect of landscaping will want to choose the Landscape Operations concentration.