Urban horticulture is the science enabling people/plant interactions that improve and enhance daily life by providing green spaces, such as parks, trees, green walls and roofs that reduce stormwater runoff and the urban heat island effect. Health benefits arise from active recreation spaces such as sports fields, pleasant tranquil spaces as well as small scale vegetable and fruit production. This is a rapidly developing area of horticulture as people are now aware of the value of growing horticultural crops in cities, developing attractive green spaces for improving the liveability of cities and their tourism potential. In Singapore $1.2 B is being spent on the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ development and the new roof garden on the integrated resort has dramatically increased the number of tourists visiting Singapore. An example of such a development in Australia is the Perth waterfront.

Why study Urban Horticulture?

Want to understand how plants enhance the urban landscape and improve our quality of life; gain excellent technical, diagnostic and problem solving skills; work with plants outdoors, in the office or perhaps a research centre? Then this program is for you.

Urban Horticulture graduates will find employment in:

  • Horticulturist - with specialisations in urban soils and growing media, plant selection to assist landscape architects, landscape management.
  • Urban Park Manager
  • Turf consultant  
  • Education and training
  • Marketing role (Allied Industries)

Green wall trials by Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE), Singapore

The School offers students the following study options:

The School has an articulation arrangement with Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Diploma graduates from Ngee Ann can articulate into the third year of Bachelor of Applied Science in Plants or Urban Horticulture.

School academics in this field:

Key research collaborators with the School include:

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