Is the Landscaping school for you?

In this major you will enjoy working creatively with your hands to design, build and manage landscape installations using plants and hardscape materials. Success in this major requires teamwork, initiative, an attention to detail and a desire to work outdoors. Someone in this major should have an interest in hands on work using tools, landscape equipment and design tools to improve residential, commercial and public areas.

What is Landscape Design and Contracting?

The Landscape major at Bristol County Agricultural High School includes the areas of landscape design, hardscape construction, equipment operation, maintenance, nursery management and sports turf management. The industry is a balance of science and art that requires attention to detail and design skills. In this major you will need to understand the elements of nature and construction in order to develop them into your landscape designs. You will work with some of the latest industry equipment like skid steers, zero turn mowers, tractors, aerifiers, spreaders, string trimmers, ballfield groomers and mowers.

Landscape Design and Contracting Related Fields

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Hardscape Construction
  • Horticulture
  • Turf Management
  • City, Community and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Studies

  • Hardscape Construction Apprentice
  • Landscape Maintenance / Lawn Care Specialist
  • Irrigation Installer
  • Golf and Sports Turf Groundskeeper
  • Garden Center / Nursery Associate
  • Horticulture and Equipment Sales

Landscape Design and Contracting Curriculum

As a Landscape major you will take the following courses.

  • Introduction to Landscape
  • Landscape Construction I & II
  • Basic Drafting
  • Design and Estimating
  • Hardscape Construction I & II
  • Equipment Operation
  • Propagation and Irrigation
  • Nursery Management
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Landscape Operations and Maintenance

Landscape Design and Contracting Related Courses

  • Botany
Geology and Soils
Pesticides, Entomology
Plant Pathology
Plant Health Care
Business Management

Industry Certifications

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Hydraulic License
  • MA Hoisting License
  • MA Certified Landscape Architect
  • Certified Sports Field Manager
  • MA Pesticide Applicator License
  • MA Certified Landscape Professional
  • MA Certified Horticulturist
  • ICPI Certification - Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute
  • MA Certified Irrigation Contractor
  • OSHA 10


The following colleges/universities offer Landscape and related fields such as Landscape Architecture, Landscape Construction, Turf Management, Horticulture and Greenhouse Management as majors.


  • Boston Architectural College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst - Awards 3 academic credits to graduates of this Bristol Aggie program who are accepted to a Stockbridge.
  • Paul Smith's College
  • State University of New York - SUNY Cobleskill
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of New Hampshire -Thompson School
  • University of Connecticut


Professional Organizations

  • MA Association of Landscape Professionals - MLP
  • NE Sports Turf Managers Association - NESTMA
  • MA State Association of Architects - MSAA
  • MA Nursery Landscape Association - MNLA
  • NE Nursery Landscape Association - NENLA
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association - GCSA
  • American Landscape Contractors Association - ALCA

Post-Secondary Landscape Design and Contracting Careers

  • Landscape Architect
  • Sports Turf Manager
  • Botanist
  • Nursery Manager
  • Parks and Recreation Supervisor
  • Business Ownership