Horticulture

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    Certificates and Degrees

    One Year Certificate:

    Ornamental Horticulture

    The certificate is designed to provide a solid foundation in the field.

    Degree Title: Ornamental Horticulture Certificate

    Students completing this degree will:
    • Understand and be able to practice the safe and efficient use of landscape tools, equipment and supplies.
    • Identify common landscape plants for the Pacific Northwest and their cultural needs.
    • Understand the basic theories, concepts and terminology in order to apply sustainable horticultural practices and techniques.
    • Communicate knowingly about plant problems diagnosis and management options.
    • Understand the variety of career options in horticulture.

    Certificate:

    Ornamental Horticulture Nursery Growers Certificate

    This certificate is designed to provide students with a basic understanding and vocational training in those subjects and skills relevant to the growing and production of greenhouse and nursery ornamental plants. Upon graduation, students may seek to assist growers and managers in greenhouses or nurseries as part of a plant production team.

    Degree Title: Nursery Growers Certificate

    Students completing this degree will:

    • Identify common trees, shrubs, and groundcovers for the Pacific Northwest and their cultural requirements.
    • Combine basic theories and concepts of plant science with sustainable nursery and greenhouse practices to produce greenhouse and nursery plants.
    • Successfully identify and practice the safe, efficient, and sustainable use of nursery and greenhouse tools, equipment and supplies.
    • Successfully complete a 4 credit nursery and/or greenhouse internship. Degree Title: Landscape Management ATA

    ATA-Associate of Technical Arts Degrees:

    Nursery Specialization

    The Nursery Specialization provides training in plant production, advanced plant identification and greenhouse operation and management. Completion of the degree prepares students for careers in plant propagation, nursery production, wholesale sales, management and nursery retail sales.

    Degree Title: Ornamental Hort ATA: Nursery/Greenhouse Specialization

    Students completing this degree will:

    • Identify common trees, shrubs, and groundcovers for the Pacific Northwest and their cultural requirements.
    • Combine basic theories and concepts of plant science with sustainable nursery and greenhouse practices to produce greenhouse and nursery plants.
    • Identify and practice the safe, efficient, and sustainable use of nursery and greenhouse tools, equipment and supplies.
    • Successfully complete a 4 credit nursery and/or greenhouse internship.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of plant problems and prescribe sustainable management options.
    • Understand and apply basic business principles essential to the nursery industry.

    ATA-Associate of Technical Arts Degrees:

    Restoration Horticulture

    Degree Title: Restoration Horticulture ATA

    Human beings appropriate large volumes of earth's resources and pollute what remains. During this decade, for the first time, more people will live in cities than in rural areas. As human dominated and degraded, lands, habitats, and ecosystems become prevalent, restoration work will be a critical component of a sustainable society. The Edmonds Community College Horticulture Department is training students to help mend and reverse land degradation. The Restoration Horticulture program trains students to re-vegetate degraded and disturbed natural areas as well as mitigate urbanization using special horticultural practices and technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and bioswales.  We are the only community college in the region offering this specialized training.

    The degree includes foundation courses in horticulture such as plant identification, soils, pest management, and pruning as well as a special suite of restoration horticulture classes:

    • Introduction to Restoration Ecology; Hort 250: Survey the tenets of restoration ecology with a focus on the revegetation and repair of degraded and abandoned land.
    • Introduction to Sustainable Development; Geog 150: Focus on the principles of sustainability including environmental quality, social justice, and economic stability.
    • Pacific Northwest Land & Water Issues; Hort 249: Survey of resource use and management building on coursework in Introduction to Sustainable Development.
    • Horticulture Restoration; Hort 251: Focus on the detailed practice of ecological restoration with horticultural expertise and applied projects.

    ATA-Associate of Technical Arts Degrees:

    Landscape Management Specialization

    The Landscape Management ATA builds upon the skills and knowledge developed from both the first year of activities and into the second year set of classes. Combining both theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills, students will know how to install, renovate, and manage public and private gardens and commercial sites. Graduates of this ATA have gone on to form their own firms or work for existing companies. Some have become superintendents of gold courses, city parks and recreation managers, and estate managers.

    Degree Title: Landscape Management ATA


    Students completing this degree will:
    • Understand and be able to practice the safe and efficient use of landscape tools, equipment and supplies.
    • Identify common landscape plants for the Pacific Northwest and their cultural needs
    • Apply the basic theories and concepts of sustainable horticultural practices and techniques.
    • Communicate knowingly about plant problem diagnosis and management options.
    • Understand and identify the variety of career options in horticulture.
    • Formulate/synthesize plans, whether renovations, bids, project management, and calendar schedules.
    • Understand and apply basic business principles essential to the landscape industry.

    Landscape Installation Specialization

    Landscape Installation Specialization concentrates study on construction of landscape features, irrigation design, installation and repair as well as landscape business practices. Graduates of this program can expect to join an established landscape installation crew as an assistant crew leader within two years of full-time work in the field.

    Landscape Design Specialization

    The Landscape Design Specialization degree develops skills in drawing and drafting, spatial and planting design, as well as design and construction of landscape features. Completion of the degree prepares students to practice in a landscape design firm or to begin their own business.

    Degree Title: Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Design Specialization ATA

    Students completing this degree will:

    • Understand and be able to practice the safe and efficient use of landscape tools, equipment and supplies.
    • Identify common landscape plants for the Pacific Northwest and their cultural needs.
    • Understand the basic theories, concepts and terminology in order to apply sustainable horticultural practices and techniques.
    • Communicate knowingly about plant problems diagnosis and management options.
    • Understand the variety of career options in horticulture.
    • Design and develop landscape plans that incorporate an understanding of the site, the needs of the client and aesthetic qualities.
    • Communicate graphically the design development process, final landscape design and construction details to clients and landscape professionals.

    Requirement Sheets

    To view the specific requirements of each program download the Program Requirement Sheets.