Horticultural Services

Program Of Study Sheet

The Horticulture program is based upon the content of the Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) certification that is used by the Maryland “Green Industry” and consists of four courses (4 credits) that include rigorous academics, broad cluster knowledge and skills, as well as technical knowledge related to the horticulture industry. These courses have been identified and developed with industry, postsecondary and secondary partners. The courses include: Introduction to Environmental/Plant/Animal Science, Foundations of Horticulture, Plant Production, and Landscape Design and Management.  Students will have the opportunity to earn the CPH industry certification, and/or college credit through articulation agreements with local colleges and dual enrollment.

Upon completion of this program all students will register with MNLA to take the CPH Exam at a cost of $35.00. Tests will be administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture in the winter and spring at regional testing sites.  All students that successfully complete the program will be given a “Certificate of Program Completion” from MNLA.  Students who pass the exam will also receive the same certificate but theirs will have an embossed seal indicating they successfully passed the exam.  This certification will be the student CPH certification.  In addition they will receive a patch indicating they are a student CPH.  In order to receive the full CPH certification students will need to submit evidence of required hours worked within the industry to MNLA.  Students may apply hours earned during junior and senior year internship placements toward these required industry work experience hours.   Students have five years to complete the required work hours.  If a student does not pass the CPH exam they will be able to re-take the exam up to three times–in the three years after their initial registration for the test.


Capstone Experience

Prerequisite: Landscape Design and Management

This work-based learning experience takes place at the work-site within the horticulture industry. It may be paid or unpaid. This experience is directed by the Work-based learning (WBL) agreement and plan developed in partnership with the student, WBL coordinator, CPH instructor, and employer.

Foundations of Horticulture

This course provides students with foundation, knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the horticultural industry. Through theory, instruction and hands on experiences, students are introduced to the concepts of: plant growth and development, plant nomenclature, use of plants in landscape settings, the effect invasive species have on the landscape, principles and components of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in controlling insects, diseases, and weeds. Additionally, the student becomes aware of career opportunities within the green industry and the economic value of horticulture crops, products, and related services.

Landscape Design and Management

Prerequisite: Plant Production

This course provides students an opportunity to prepare and implement landscape designs based on a broad range of settings. Students will prepare designs including site analysis, collecting and using various field measurements, preliminary and final plans, and preparing cost estimates. Students will apply the principles of design, use drafting tools and techniques, and prepare various types of design views to present finished landscape designs. Students will select proper plants, planting techniques and install hardscapes and softscapes within the landscape design. Students will install and maintain lawns, identify harmful weeds, insects, and diseases. Students will maintain a landscape by applying techniques for mulching, watering, pruning, and pest control.

Plant Production

Prerequisite: Foundations of Horticulture

This course builds on students’ prior knowledge of basic plant science. Students will successfully plan, produce, and sell greenhouse and nursery crops. Students will learn how to monitor and maintain proper growing conditions, and use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and environmentally sound practices necessary for producing healthy crops. Students will complete a business plan including product cost, pricing, marketing, display and sale of plants.


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