The Horticulture Program At Bergen

student designs garden on paperThe BCC Horticulture Program has a diverse curriculum for the student, professional or amateur who desires a rewarding career or knowledge of plants and their care. The result is a program that combines science, art and business. The program is designed to prepare students for direct entry into a career, but allows for transfer to a 4 year institution or simply for personal enrichment or improvement of personal skills.

Students are encouraged to take part in campus and community special events or projects. Some past examples are: Macy’s Flower Show, holiday decorations at Skylands NJ State Botanical Garden, Earth Day, and Arbor Day. They also participate in popular fund-raising (for scholarships) events such as campus wide seasonal plant and flower sales. Many of these plants are grown and nurtured in our own greenhouse.

Faculty members are chosen for their academic qualities as well as their professional and business experiences. Our facilities offer hands on opportunities to learn,and small classes facilitate the teacher/ student relationship. The program has grown steadily due to the expanding market for the required skills and desire for technical knowledge. It encourages a fun, creative and scientific learning environment.Courses are offered day, evening and summer. Come explore our variety of programs and courses.Come grow with us!!!


The ornamental horticulture program has flourished over three decades at Bergen Community College.The following chronology highlights its achievements:

1975 Professor Jacob John Fisher establishes the Ornamental Horticulture A.A.S. degree program
1976 The first Arbor Day ceremony takes place on campus.The Ornamental Horticulture program offers its first night classes.
1978 Course titles and content evolve to reflect the changing needs of the horticulture industry.Dr. Steven Fischer joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Biology/Horticulture.
1979 Construction finishes on a Lord & Burnham greenhouse adjacent to the Horticulture lab in E-186 in East Hall.
1984 The curriculum expands to include a Floral Design Certificate.
1988 The program adds the Landscaping Certificate to its curriculum.
1996 Susan Gruben joins the faculty as a full time lecturer to assume teaching responsibilities from Professor Fisher.
2000 – 2004 Bergen Horticulture students participate in the world famous Macy’s Spring Flower Show.
2000 A Grounds Management Certificate is added to the curriculum to broaden the course offerings into Arboriculture and Equipment Management.
2002 A state-of-the-art 2400 sq. ft. greenhouse facility is opened with four environmentally computer controlled areas.
2006 Bergen Community College becomes the statewide testing site for the CLT (Certified Landscape Technician) Program for the N.J.L.C.A.
2009 A Landscape Design/Build AAS Degree is added to the Horticulture curriculum.
2012 Linda Wiles joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Horticulture

Greenhouse Grand opening ceremony 2002

2002 – Opening of BCC’s new Greenhouse