The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture prepares graduates with the practical, theoretical and advanced technical skills that are critical for managing the complexity found in today's horticulture industry. The program offers a unique alternative to post-secondary education and provides graduates with a credential that is highly regarded in the industry. The blend of practical work experience and academic courses gives students leadership and entrepreneurial skills to prepare them for exciting and dynamic careers in the horticulture industry. The three-year School of Horticulture Program is a blend of academic and practical work experience offered at the Botanical Gardens located within Ontario's Niagara Parks. Students are expected to manage their learning through careful planning of time and resources to complete the requirements of the program. Practical training is completed within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Niagara Parks Greenhouses, and through a self-directed internship. Academic classes are offered in lecture, laboratory, small group and independent study formats. Students are expected to demonstrate maturity and professionalism in their studies, completing assignments and performing work in the practical training program.