Students in the Horticulture program gain knowledge and skills related to botany, integrated pest management, plant propagation, nutrition, production, and soil science. Topics covered include landscape design, construction, and maintenance, entomology, plant identification, greenhouse management, health and safety regulations, employability skills, and entrepreneurship. During their time in the program, students will gain hands-on experience while completing projects on school property and in the wider community, including plantings, pruning, cleanup and other maintenance, and construction using brick, stone, or landscape timbers. After graduation, students will be prepared to enter the workforce in a wide variety of jobs, including lawn care, landscaping, landscape construction, the greenhouse industry, or floral design. Students may also elect to continue their education at a two or four year college and major in such programs as landscaping, turf and grass management, arboriculture, or sustainable agriculture.

This program provides students with instruction in plant identification, flower arranging, basic greenhouse operation, garden maintenance, and retail and wholesale marketing. The program includes instruction and hands-on training in growing and maintaining trees and shrubs, annual flowers and vegetable plants. Students will learn the use of the various types of tools and equipment, and structures unique to horticulture and landscaping.

Horticulture offers multiple concentrations of study: horticulture, arboriculture and landscape gardening. Students receive an introduction to each field of study. In each area, students learn the use of various tools, equipment, and the structures unique to horticulture, arboriculture and landscaping.

Grade 9

“Career Exploratory” 9th graders learn about the various jobs in Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, the basics of how to work safely, and will learn the use of the various types of tools and equipment. Career Exploratory” is 2 class periods each day.

Grade 10

Grade 11

Second-year hands-on training is designed to further expand students’ horticultural skills.

Grade 12

Training/Skills You Will Learn

• Water, mulch, trim, and care for lawns and plants.
• Create living plant arrangements and displays in designated outdoor areas.
• Operate machinery and use tools to care for soil and plants.
• Train, prune, fertilize, and care for perennials and annuals.

Career Opportunities

With a High School Degree


With a 2 Year College Degree


With a 4 Year College Degree


Horticulture Staff

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