Overview of the diverse ornamental horticulture industry, including the worldwide scope and economic impact of the industry in today's marketplace. Emphasis on information access through the Internet, trade journals, trade organizations, the horticulture industry, guest speakers, and visitations to various horticultural businesses. Exploration includes products, services, and information used in the industry; production and marketing (wholesale and retail) of horticultural products and services; and traditional and nontraditional career paths within the industry. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Fall Only.
Horticulture Equipment Operation and Safety
Proper techniques for using common pieces of horticulture equipment and attachments. Applied skills include safe operating techniques, daily inspection checklists, and start-up procedures, as well as basic maintenance to equipment used in the horticulture industry. Use of equipment in projects in practical applications. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.
Floral Design Fundamentals
Basics of modern floral design techniques, including the principles and elements of floral design and its use by garden centers, floral shops, and mass market retailers. Topics include composition, unity, balance, emphasis, rhythm, scale, proportion, and harmony, with special attention to space, line, form, color, texture, and pattern. Emphasis on traditional design line styles and identification of fresh material, its availability and how and where these products are purchased. Calculation of selling price and quantity of material required to complete a design. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) As needed.
Soils and Fertilizers
Study of soil texture, structure, organic matter, and plant nutrients as related to the use of pH controllers and fertilizers. Includes synthetic soils and techniques used to control insects, disease and weed problems. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH005.
Introduction to the fields of study of horticulture. Outdoor identification of annuals, perennials, woody shrubs and trees, weeds, and wildflowers. The use of these plant materials in the landscape is stressed. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.
Sustainable Crop Production
Study and practical application in the conservation of natural resources and reduction of environmental impact in horticulture and the landscape industry. Emphasis on producing horticultural crops using sustainable, economically and environmentally responsible growing techniques. Conventional and sustainable methods are compared and contrasted in greenhouse and field growing conditions. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.
Identification and use of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, and their varieties and cultivars. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.
Specialized work experience to be performed in a participating business. Application of knowledge and skills developed during the first year of landscape/nursery technology instruction. Six credits of related HRT classes must be completed prior to scheduling the Internship in addition to the prerequisites. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): HRT113 or HRT121.
Containerized Plant Production
Introduction to growing containerized plants in greenhouses and nurseries. Topics covered include the equipment and materials needed; proper cultural techniques; and scheduling, cost, and pricing concerns. Actual work experience in the greenhouse helps develop the basic skills needed to manage and grow various containerized ornamental crops. Course work includes using a computer for crop scheduling and environmental control as well as using the Internet for sale and crop research. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO111 and HRT110 and HRT117. Fall Only.
Plant Propagation and Production
Theory and practice of sexual and asexual plant propagation and subsequent production of liners and transplants. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.
Principles and practices of the establishment and maintenance of turfgrass areas for ornamental and recreational purposes. Commonly used grasses are studied for their characteristics, growth habits, and uses. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.
Techniques used to build landscape features. Includes the construction of patios, walks, retaining walls, fences, fountains, waterfalls, pools, and steps using various materials. Specifications, bidding and pricing of landscape jobs, basic surveying techniques, drainage, and grading are also covered. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Spring Only.
Introduction to the principles of landscape design and planting composition including theory and laboratory practice in the following areas: residential and commercial landscaping, the design process, dealing with clients, site inventory, site analysis, design principles, planting composition, and landscape construction features. Emphasis on the correct placement and effective use of plant materials. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): HRT113 or HRT121. Fall Only.
Care and maintenance of trees and shrubs including pruning, fertilizing, planting, climbing, guying, cabling, staking, plant protection, spraying and proper spray application, tree and shrub evaluation, and landscape equipment and its proper use. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): HRT241. Spring Only.
Study of the design, construction and maintenance of outdoor lighting systems, water gardens, pools, fountains, landscape furniture, and wooden accents. Assembly and maintenance of electrical systems, irrigation systems, and greenhouse/nursery environmental controls. Basic tools and skills in plumbing, electricity, and carpentry are covered. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.
Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices
Study of sustainable landscape technologies such as green roofs, rain gardens, and xeriscaping. Discussion also includes topics such as invasive plants, composting, and material selection. Site design takes into consideration the aesthetic and social aspect of the location. The concept of building relationships with the clients is stressed as is the concept of designing, selling, and maintaining the landscape. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.
Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants
Study of the nature, structure, harmful effects, and control of insects and related forms. The most common and harmful plant diseases are studied for identification and control. Writing assignments reinforce major topics of study. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) (Writing Enriched) Fall Only.
Advanced Landscape Plants
Study of deciduous, evergreen, herbaceous, cultivars, and varieties that are available in today's market. Analysis, appraisal, and categorizing of plants based on attributes, uses, growth habits, and habitat. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): HRT113 or HRT121. Spring Only.
Computer Landscape Design
Study and practice with computer landscape design applications, to include computer-generated two-dimensional landscape plans and three-dimensional views of selected landscape areas, shading, colorization, and perspective drawings. Practice includes using design software to estimate, bid, and draft client proposals. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CSC124 and HRT225. Spring Only.
The Art of Floral Design
Elective for those who wish to develop an appreciation of the history and art of floral design, and an appreciation and the application of the basic design principles used in many other forms of artistic expression and artistically enhanced professions. Study includes floral design dating back to the 10th Century BC in early Chinese and Egyptian civilizations, through the development of European civilizations, to the modern era and the use of floral art currently in Japan, Europe, United States, and throughout the world. Exploration, through a hands-on study in floral design techniques, the use and application of such important basic elements of design as: color, texture, balance, scale, rhythm, unity, and proportion as well as the psychological impact of flowers and plants, not only on that of the individual, but also on society as a whole. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) (ART)