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Horticulture/Landscape Specialist

32-001-2 Technical Diploma (TD) 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you are ready to lead others in landscape projects, then check out this program. Learn how to design, construct and maintain a landscape. You’ll also gain skills in hydroponics, irrigation systems, tissue culture, diagnostics and propagation. In addition, you will learn the latest best practices in organic lawn and land care. On the business side, you’ll learn everything from communication skills to sales and marketing to estimating and computer-aided design. Your training will also include sustainable practices and greenhouse management/operation. You’ll learn everything you need to know to supervise individuals in landscaping, nursery or greenhouse work.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (57 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Introduction to Horticulture
10-001-111
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of the horticulture profession, including its role and importance throughout history. Current trends and career opportunities will be covered. Particular attention is given to horticulture crops, plant classification, their use, and the interrelationships between the environment, plant growth and plant development.
Horticulture Soils
10-001-112
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explores the properties of soils and applies them to horticultural uses as a growing medium and as an engineering base for landscaping.
Irrigation Systems
10-001-116
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Develops a basic understanding of an irrigation system. The focus is on irrigation installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs and system design.
Equipment Operation, Horticulture
10-001-117
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.
Survey of Herbaceous Plants
10-001-159
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Studies commonly used annual, bulb and perennial herbaceous plants, with an emphasis on their use in the landscape, culture and care.
Landscape Construction 1
10-001-181
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Covers site conditions, landscape tools, and design plan implementation.
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management
10-001-113
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Focuses on training to successfully pass the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam (which is proctored in this class). Additionally, students will be familiarized with chemical handling, mixing, calibration and application via field exercises.
Tissue Culture Propagation
10-001-115
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Teaches students how to set up a tissue culture lab and propagate plants, in vast numbers, using laboratory conditions. Class will propagate several types of plant material.
Hydroponic Growing & Systems
10-001-121
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Explores various hydroponic systems, their specific plant material, and growing conditions. Students will work hands-on with several units and plant materials.
Interiorscaping
10-001-122
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Studies the identification, characteristics, and physical requirements of interior plants.
Landscape Management
10-001-123
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Uses a practical approach to training people in the basics of landscape supervision and management. The course emphasizes the application of theory and covers landscape management functions and the skills needed to perform those functions.
Landscape Estimating and Technical Reports
10-001-145
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Uses a practical approach for training students to develop estimates, proposals, written communications and technical reports specific to the landscape and horticulture industry.
Plant Propagation
10-001-108
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Addresses production and propagation techniques for growing plants. Students will explore using a variety of equipment and methods.
Landscape Construction 2
10-001-109
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Teaches students to work with advanced construction projects, materials and methods. Students learn to develop a mobilization plan and a management system for project implementation.
Prereq: Landscape Construction 1 (10001181)
Turf Management
10-001-130
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Studies the overall basics of turf applications including soils, lawn installation, Wisconsin grasses, Integrated Pest Management and maintenance.
Organic Land Care
10-001-131
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. The study and installation of organic inputs for healthy landscapes. Students will brew compost tea, make compost and operate lawn care equipment. Topics explored will include alternative lawn and land care practices, practical business applications and environmental implications of current practices.
Woody Ornamental Plant ID
10-001-158
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explains plant classification and identification techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to properly name and identify commonly used deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Culture and care will also be discussed.
Landscape Plants, Maintenance of
10-001-170
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Studies the maintenance and care of woody plants, including evergreens, vines, garden flowers, bulbs and nursery stock. Discusses pruning, training, fertilizing, watering, planting, physical and chemical control of plant growth, transplanting, winterizing, weed control and production.
Landscape Design 1
10-001-174
3Credit
90
72
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Focuses on the landscape design process through the understanding of concepts such as outdoor room, design principles, site function and form composition. The course also includes drafting, site analysis and graphics.
Greenhouse Management & Control Systems
10-001-125
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Examines the day-to-day operation of a greenhouse to include operating systems, spatial management and planning crop timing.
Plant Diagnostics
10-001-140
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Covers the science of making proper diagnoses of plant insects and disease problems and appropriate control strategies. Students will learn the difference between signs and symptoms and identification of problem plants.
Landscape Design 2
10-001-184
3Credit
90
72
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Teaches students to design and detail landscape projects. Topics covered will include construction elements, elevations, 3D Imagery and simulated walkthroughs using CAD Landscape Design Software.
Prereq: Landscape Design 1 (10001174)
Business, Introduction to
10-102-112
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Spanish 1
10-802-100
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Presents an introductory approach to conversation using everyday work and social situations. This course provides students with the basic vocabulary, grammar, and cultural understanding needed for interacting with Spanish speakers at home and abroad.

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