2019 Dates

Sunday, June 16 Wednesday, June 19

Age Group

Students entering grades 10-12

Fee: $ 300

Includes all activities, meals, and on-campus housing.

Registration is now closed.

Information for the next program available in early 2020.

About the Program

Do you love the great outdoors? Are you interested in a career that involves nature, design, and creativity? Explore the world of this “green” career that combines art and science. Through workshops at the College’s Earth Science Center, learn about greenhouse techniques, plant identification and production, floral design, entomology, and more. If you are interested in the dynamic field of horticulture, this program is for you!

Grow & Design Horticulture Workshops

Fundamentals of Floral Design

Explore the elements and principles of floral design. Learn the names and classification of the most commonly used flowers and foliage. Participants will even design and create several floral arrangements and take home their creations!

Greenhouse Techniques

Did you know that Penn College has over 6,500 square feet of greenhouse space? This workshop will introduce the greenhouse environment, use of greenhouse spaces, and the basic techniques of plant production. Learn how to sow seeds, transplant, harvest, and prepare cuttings. The process of a hydroponic food system will also be introduced.


Insects come in all shapes and sizes. Not all of them are dangerous to the plants in our gardens or backyards. Participants will examine common garden insects to get a better understanding of a bug’s role in plant life and learn how they can be controlled.

Equipment Operation

This workshop will discuss equipment that is essential to the landscape/horticulture industry. College-owned equipment includes a backhoe, front-end loader, a Toro Dingo, and hand and power tools. Participants will review safety protocol and have an opportunity to operate some pieces of equipment.

Plant ID and Landscape Design

What is the first step in designing a landscape? Basic plant knowledge and identification is essential. Participants will learn about common landscape plants and design their own landscape using the College’s up-to-date software.

Nature Walk

During an interactive nature walk, explore Penn College’s five-acre arboretum and trail system to learn about the natural communities and ecological features that make up our forests.

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