Tamara Shivers, Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture
"Mercer's Ornamental Horticulture program has helped to expose me to all aspects of horticulture such as landscape and floral design, botany, plant identification and pest management. It is a great place to start for a field that is such a broad science. The professors have made every step of the program enjoyable and educational." (Just a note: Tamara recently completed the prestigious Professional Gardeners Program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Congratulations Tammy!)
Carole McCollister, Certificate of Proficiency in Ornamental Horticulture
"My first love has always been creating beautiful outdoor spaces with plants, but when I was younger I had no idea how to go about making a living doing that. I knew about landscape architects and people who sold plants and installed designs, but it was a male dominated field. When it came time to choose a career, I chose one that was acceptable for women. Things have changed and I realized there was a place for women in landscape design. So after teaching for over 20 years, I started looking for a place where I could learn more about ornamental horticulture. I remember that when we were looking into schools for my son, I had read about a program at Mercer. Before long I was meeting with the head of the department, Amy Iseneker. I had some concerns about going back to school after all these years, but she reassured me and answered all of my questions. The faculty and staff care about each of us. They work hard to see that we succeed. As long as a student is serious about learning, they support you in every way they can. I also enjoy other students. In spite of our age difference, we have fun together and I feel a bond that a mutual interest generates. I would encourage anyone who wants a career in horticulture to look into the program here at MCCC. It is a great place to be."
: If you are a graduate of the program and would like to submit a testimonial, please e-mail Amy Iseneker Ricco at email@example.com
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