Saltfleet High School

Horticulture Career Opportunities

Horticulture Program Overview

This course will provide students with a wealth of practical knowledge in landscape construction and horticulture including, the design, construction and maintenance of landscape installations. Other topics covered include an introduction to entomology and pathology, greenhouse environmental production, botany / plant science, careers in horticulture / green industries, arboriculture, soils, sustainability and systems thinking and fruit and vegetable production. Students will learn about; various aspects of landscape design as it relates to residential and commercial landscape projects; construction methods, materials and estimating for landscape installations; and general maintenance of residential and commercial landscapes, including turf grass management, sodding, seeding, pruning, and planting. Students will explore the world of entomology as it relates to the horticulture / forestry / agriculture industries, plant identification and taxonomy, as well as botany and environmental science with respect to horticulture. As well students in the program will have the opportunity to receive industry recognized certificates in landscape maintenance and construction, safety training and general awareness training for a wide variety of landscape equipment.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is a must for any student considering a career in landscape trades, greenhouse / garden center, nursery business, agriculture, urban forestry or construction fields. Anyone considering a career in landscape architecture, design, urban planning or environmental science should strongly consider this course. Additionally, this course will leave any student well prepared for a summer job in the landscape industry. The Specialist High Skills Major program provides hands on experience in construction, and landscape maintenance including the safe handling and use of common materials, tools and equipment through real world maintenance and construction projects, an opportunity to design and estimate landscape projects, practical hands on experience in greenhouse, plant propagation, and integrated pest management.