LH 101 Practical Skills
(includes LH 105 Landscape Installation and LH 112 Irrigation and Drainage)
This course covers the basic horticultural skills like garden and lawn maintenance, planting and transplanting, greenhouse work, equipment operation, irrigation and drainage basics, pruning and hedge maintenance. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in all courses to the operation of the Gardens at HCP. In addition, students work with HCP volunteers on Wednesday mornings for part of the year, participate in field trips and bi-annual plant sales.
LH 102 Botany
This course provides an introduction to the basic biology of plants with an emphasis on horticultural application. This knowledge will be tied into practical skills throughout the year to ensure a thorough understanding of how plants work and what they need to thrive.
LH 103 Soils
This is an introduction to soil science as it is applied to horticulture. As with botany, work in the greenhouses and gardens at HCP will increase awareness and an understanding that it does all begin with the soil.
LH 104 Plant Identification and Culture
This course runs the full 10 months and covers a wide range of plant material. Students will learn correct nomenclature, plant descriptions, growing requirements, critical pests and diseases, landscape use and maintenance requirements.
LH 106 Pruning
This course begins with the theory behind pruning – why and how plants react to both good and bad technique. Extensive practice and year-round observation in the Gardens will assist in the learning of this critical skill.
LH 107 Safe Work Practices
Safe workplace practices include the completion of Occupational First Aid and knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
LH 108 Plant Health and Pest Management
The concepts and the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) are introduced to students. Covered will be the identification and control of pests, weeds, diseases and the disorders common in horticulture.
LH 109 Landscape Design
Students will learn the principles and practices of good landscape design; site analysis, landscape layout and plant choice. Students will acquire the techniques required in the design process from assessment of the client’s needs to presentation of the final design.
LH 111 Turfgrass Management
This course covers the identification and classification of turf grasses and the principles of installation and maintenance of residential turf. Students will learn about seeding, irrigation, fertilization, mowing, aeration, de-thatching, and edge trimming.
LH 113 Communication & Supervision Skills
Students will learn the basic theories of supervision and the basic skills associated with effective supervision.
LH 114 Business Practices
Students will acquire the skills needed to obtain employment. The course will also cover the basic legal requirements and strategies required to set up a horticulture business.
In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in food growing classes, guest lectures by experts with a wide range of horticulture specialties, various garden projects at the Gardens at HCP or off-site, and two weeks of work experience with host employers in the local horticulture industry.