The Horticultural Arts area of study integrates environmental education, ecology, soil science, plant identification, floral design, business skills, and teamwork to expand the student’s learning context. Partnerships with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and other local community experts offer a curriculum rich in techniques and skills for successful transition to higher education or the work place.
Horticulture Class Offerings
Introduction to Horticulture – The science and industry called horticulture will be explored. Its role and importance throughout history, current trends and careers will be covered. Particular attention is given to horticultural crops, their use and inter-relationships between the environment, plant growth, and plant development.
Horticulture Practicum 1 – Seasonal topics in the horticulture industry and plant management will be explored, demonstrated, and practiced.
Horticultural Plant Propagation 1 – A variety of plant propagation techniques will be covered and methods for developing a crop production system based on an understanding of plant biology will be explored and practiced.
Horticulture Practicum 2 – Seasonal topics in the horticulture industry and plant management will be explored, demonstrated, and practiced.
Horticultural Plant Propagation 2 – Methods of propagating plants will be explored, and students will develop a crop production schedule and implement it to produce a saleable horticultural crop. Topics include: growth structures, media, plant culture, sexual and asexual reproduction, biotic and biotic disorder diagnosis and management, grafting, and nursery management. Practical greenhouse and field experience is included.
Horticulture Practicum 3 – Seasonal topics in the horticulture industry and plant management will be explored, demonstrated, and practiced.
Environmental Horticulture – A hands-on, project based course builds upon the student’s knowledge of tools and techniques involved in horticulture. Students work toward improving craftsmanship and understanding of horticulture industry and practices with an emphasis on design principles and installation.
Horticulture Practicum 4 – Seasonal topics in the horticulture industry and plant management will be explored, demonstrated, and practiced.
Textile & Floral Design
This course is designed to introduce students to floral and textile production both in the wholesale and retail industry. The course will provide basic instruction in techniques of floral and textile design with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design. Students are able to produce creative floral arrangements for various events, cultures and holidays.
The class includes standards in English, history and the environment.