LH 101 Practical Skills
This course covers the basic horticultural skills like garden and lawn maintenance, planting and transplanting, greenhouse work, equipment operation, 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 105 Introduction to Permaculture
This course covers the foundations of permaculture design theory as it applies to the future HCP Food Forest. Students will participate in class lectures, field trips and practical application on the Food Forest site.
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 110 Sustainable Food Production
This course is a series of a classroom and practical sessions centered around local small-scale food production, with emphasis on growing vegetables. Students will gain experience in designing and installing space – efficient food gardens, seeding, transplanting vegetables, and soil preparation and amendment and other practices. This course will also learn from guest speakers and visit a variety of small food farms in the area.
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 112 Irrigation and Drainage
An introduction to the basic principles involved in the design, installation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems. Students will perform basic maintenance of drainage and irrigation systems.
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
The course covers the skills to obtain employment and also learn the basic legal requirements and strategies required to set up a horticulture business.
LH 115 Special Topics in Horticulture
This course is a collection of topical field trips and guest speakers relating to niche aspects of the horticulture industry. Topics are selected based on current industry trends, student interest, seasonality and local focuses.
In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in 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.