Prepared by the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association 2005
The Horticulture Industry in Maryland (also referred to as the Nursery and Landscape Industry)
Includes wholesale and retail production, sales, installation, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, bedding plants/annuals, seasonal greenhouse crops, aquatic plants, cut flowers, and Christmas trees.
Ornamental/ Environmental Plants
Includes all plants used for improving interior and exterior spaces. A few of these uses include soil stabilization, wetland restoration, native plant restoration, habitat, wind breaks, shade, sound barriers, dust filtering, pollution abatement, "air conditioning", nutrient management, traffic control, highway safety, building site amenities, and any imaginable use.
#1 Agricultural Crop in Maryland
Second Largest Agricultural Commodity in Maryland
Employ Over 15,000
There are many employment opportunities available in Horticulture in Maryland.
Jobs in Horticulture
Jobs in Landscape
Jobs in Business Operations and Support
There are many undergraduate majors that are relevant to horticulture. Just a few include: Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture, Landscape Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Botany, Landscape Gardening, Botanical Garden Management, Greenhouse Management, Floriculture, Nutrient Management, and Horticultural Therapy. Below are links to some of the programs offered by local colleges and universities:
University of Maryland
Community College of Baltimore County
University of Delaware
Delaware Valley College
Penn State University
Northern Virginia Community College
The Horticulture Industry is the fastest growing segment within Agriculture. Mechanization, technology, business management, and marketing are among the most important future needs for the industry.
If you have questions regarding careers within the Horticulture Industry, contact area middle and high school guidance counselors, people working within the industry, associations, clubs, community colleges, universities, trade schools, and local, state, and federal agencies.
Note: All statistical data cited from The Maryland Horticulture Industry 2000 – A Statistical Profile and Economic Survey