For Immediate Release
July 16, 2010
Application Deadline for Leading Hands-On Horticulture
Career Training Program Fast Approaching
Apply by August 15 for The New York Botanical Garden’s
School of Professional Horticulture
Whether motivated by the social and economic influences of sustainable living or a desire to engage in
more rewarding work, many students and career changers in the United States and abroad are turning to
education programs that may yield new, green professions. Such a program exists at The New York
Botanical Garden, training students to create and beautify green spaces. Driven by a mission to cultivate
horticulturists of the highest caliber who will take on leadership positions in public and private venues,
the Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticultural (SOPH) is now accepting applications for the
class of 2013. Interested, qualified individuals have until August 15, 2010, to apply. Prospective students
may visit nybg.org/edu/soph to print out, complete, and return the online application form:
The School of Professional Horticulture, a renowned, two-year, full-time program, has trained hundreds
of skilled horticulturists for nearly 80 years. Alumni have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in
gardening and landscape design, and in consulting for estates and major public parks.
Classroom and Hands-on Field Training Cultivate Students
for Future Horticulture Leadership Positions
“Students who attend The School of Professional Horticulture not only receive the benefit of embarking
on a rewarding career, they have the advantage of receiving comprehensive hands-on training in
horticulture in the unique setting of New York City,” said SOPH Director Charles Yurgalevitch, Ph.D.
“Students learn the craft alongside the world-class horticultural staff of The New York Botanical Garden.
That experience is unparalleled,” continued Dr. Yurgalevitch. “But students