Landscaping and Horticulture
The program is divided into two basic units, classroom instruction and applied learning (hands on).
Classroom Instruction: The foundation of landscaping and horticulture is found in science. Classroom instruction will focus on greenhouse production, plant science, integrated pest management, landscaping principles, vegetables, fruit production, customer service and operating a student-run business. All instruction focuses on students being able to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom in practical experiences.
Applied Learning (Hands On): The applied learning section of program allows students to actively grow a variety of plants, design and install landscape plans, and participate in numerous hands on activities. We operate a state of the art greenhouse, beautify the landscape in the local community, and spend time on local farms engaged in a variety of plant management activities. Students have the opportunity to operate a tractor with mini-back hoe, lawn mowers, string trimmers, and a wide variety of hand tools. They also practice landscape and floral design, create holiday wreaths, and develop sales and marketing skills by selling plants and produce from our greenhouses. While engaged in the applied learning portion of class students are actively working outdoors or in greenhouse environments. Therefore, students are required to have appropriate clothing every day. Work boots are highly recommended and clothing suitable for outdoor work on a daily basis is expected. Students have a locker to leave boots, rain gear, sunscreen, or work clothes for their daily use.
In Landscaping & Horticulture II, students will focus on deepening their understanding of horticulture and landscaping. Students will be asked to take on more responsibility for aspects of both the growing operations and business aspects of the program by self-selecting areas of focus. Also, all students in year two of the program study for the State of Maine Core Agricultural Pesticide Licensing exam and if they pass, will leave the program with the credential.
The Landscaping and Horticulture program supported in part by: Donations from Johnny’s Selected Seeds www.johnnyseeds.com. Grants awarded through Maine Agriculture in the Classroom.