Few Spots Left!: Red Seal Exam Prep Workshop

We are hosting a Red Seal Exam Prep course on Saturday November 25 for those planning to write or challenge the exam in the near future. Please see the sidebar of this webpage for details or send us an email at [email protected]

Interested in teaching at PHC?

We are currently accepting applications for new instructors at PHC (see job description and details here). If you don’t have any teacher training or experience, a great place to start is the Instructional Skills Workshop, a 3-day workshop offered by a few different institutions. This workshop is offered regularly at UVic or Royal Roads.

Welcome PHC Alumni!

Welcome to the new PHC Alumni webpage! We created this page as a way to stay connected with our graduates. This page is a place for us to share upcoming events, new programs and courses, job postings, and more. We will also feature alumni profiles on this page to share and celebrate the successes of our graduates.

We encourage you to visit this page often, as it will be updated on a regular basis. You are also welcome to email us if you’d like to share a job posting or be one of our featured alumni ([email protected]). There is also a comment submission box along the right hand side of the page.

Thanks for visiting this new webpage. Let’s stay connected!



Alumni Profile - Natalie Foofat

Self-Employed, Mustang Landscape & Design

Graduation Year: Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program Nov. 2013, Red Seal Level 3 & 4 Jan-March 2014

Please describe your gardening activities since completing the college program.

I started out working for an established company, doing everything from maintenance to large commercial installations (irrigation, waterfalls, rainwater gardens, patios, driveways, softscape). Now I run my own business where we offer full-service landscape services, from garden consultation and design to project management and full installations, followed up with garden maintenance.

How did the program help you achieve your career goals?

The program gave me a basic knowledge in a wide variety of areas. The horticultural expertise has definitely been the strongest point of my education. The construction side of the program touched on the multitude of possible avenues in the landscaping business.  

How did the program affect your approach to horticulture?

My company has a very natural approach to gardening, using the IPM method and no pesticides. Regular maintenance is the best approach to a healthy garden as I can monitor plant health and stay on top of any pest problems in the early stages. Knowing which plants may have potential issues, or knowing which plants may be better for certain areas, can save a lot of headache down the road. The horticultural knowledge in this program cumulatively gave me the expertise to know “Right plant, right place.”

Why would you recommend this program to others?

It is an affordable way (in length of time and cost) to get a competitive edge above others in the workplace. The Red Seal program in its entirety offers many tax credits and grants, so it really is an affordable option for anyone interested in the Trades or a career in horticulture. Also, the skills learned are practical and applicable in any city or town. This program leads to opportunities in a wide range of careers from: nursery, agriculture, municipalities, parks, entrepreneurship, etc.