Horticulture - CE
HOU 004 – Landscape of Trees and Shrubs Spring-Landscape Industry
Study the botanical identification of trees, shrubs and woody vines that are common in central Maryland, as well as their landscape uses and cultural requirements. Topics include identifying cut plant specimens with or without foliage; explain the limiting factors effecting the optimum growth with specific plants; distinguishing characteristics of ornamental plants; and determining uses for given plants.
1. identify cut plant specimens,
2. discuss factors that limit optimum growth of trees and shrubs,
3. identify characteristics of ornamental plants, and
4. determine uses of various plants.
HOU 103 – Interior Plant Materials- Landscape Industry
Study the common indoor plant materials used for interior scaping. Emphasis placed on the proper identification, use, and care of interior plants.
1. identify interior plants by botanical and common names;
2. differentiate between plant division, genus, species, and subdivision of species and hybrid;
3. identify the two types of root systems;
4. differentiate between xylem and phloem and explain the role of each in the growth of plants; and
5. identify the terminal bud, branch or stem, flower, node, interned, and auxiliary bud from a plant diagram.
HOU 110 – Woody Ornamentals I - Landscape Industry
Learn about common trees, shrubs and vines used for landscaping purposes. Topics include the proper identification, use and care of woody plants, plant culture and landscape value.
1. define common horticulture terms associated with plant identification;
2. identify the botanical and common names for woody plants from cut specimens and live landscape materials;
3. describe the growth habits, rate of growth, and mature size of landscape plants; and
4. differentiate between related plants through the use of foliage, fruit, flower, and buds.
HOU 112 – Herbaceous Garden Plants: Spring-Landscape Industry
Study herbaceous perennials, annuals and geophytes cultivated in gardens and landscapes for spring interest, with emphasis on their identification, aesthetic character, environmental requirements and landscape design potential.
1. define common botanical terms associated with plant identification;
2. apply botanical terms to describe the art of herbaceous plant specimens;
3. identify specimens of at least 70 herbaceous species by botanical and common names;
4. use standard pronunciation for botanical names;
5. identify the aesthetic value of each species to include bloom, fragrance, texture, form, and seasonal color; and
6. describe the growth habit, mature size, and rate of growth for selected species.
HOU 117 – Integrated Pest Management-Landscape Industry
Learn common insects, diseases and weeds that might infest interior ornamentals, nursery and landscape ornamentals, turf and greenhouse plant materials. Prepare for the examination for pesticide application certification. Topics include federal and state laws governing pesticides, classification of pesticides, potential health effects, and identification of insects, diseases and weeds.
1. list and discuss the federal and state laws that govern pesticide application,
2. explain integrated pest management techniques,
3. classify pesticides by formulation and mode of action,
4. evaluate pesticide capability and resistance to pesticides,
5. discuss the toxicology of pesticides, and
6. demonstrate an ability to properly handle pesticides.
HOU 125 – Horticulture Business Management - Landscape Industry
Learn more about business practices associated with the horticulture industry. Topics include business communication, accounting and record keeping, career opportunities, governmental and legal regulations, business plan development and labor relations.
1. identify best business practices in the horticulture industry,
2. properly perform accounting and record keeping data entry,
3. identify business and career opportunities,
4. discuss governmental and legal regulations,
5. develop a business plan, and
6. identify and explain various labor relation situations.
HOU 236 – Maryland Master Gardener Training
This course is designed to enable the student to learn the history and mission of Master Gardeners. Topics to be covered include the history and mission of the Master Gardeners, botany, propagation, perennials, ornamentals, soils and fertilizers, insects, plant diseases, pest management, fruits and trees, plants, turf management, landscapes, composting, gardening, and ecology.
1. demonstrate the ability to successfully plant and manage a community garden,
2. design and implement various school projects,
3. demonstrate the ability to teach a topic from the list above at a speaker's bureau,
4. demonstrate the ability to present a topic from the list above at a speaker's bureau,
5. demonstrate the ability to conduct plant clinics, and
6. design and implement horticultural projects.
HOU 237 – HERBACEOUS/PLANT/SUMMER/INDUST
This course provides for the study of herbaceous perennials, annuals, biennials, and geophytes that are cultivated in gardens and landscapes for summer interest, with emphasis on identification, environmental requirements, aesthetic character, and landscape design uses.
1. define common botanical terms associated with plant identification;
2. apply botanical terms in describing parts of herbaceous plant specimens;
3. identify specimens of at least 60 herbaceous species by botanical and common names;
4. use a standard pronunciation for botanical names;
5. describe the aesthetic value of each species, such as the bloom, fragrance, visual texture, plant form, and seasonal color;
6. describe the growth habit, mature size, and rate of growth for each species;
7. describe cultivars, where available, for common herbaceous garden species;
8. explain the environmental parameters within which the species can be expected to grow satisfactorily, e.g. sunlight, soil, moisture, and winter temperatures;
9. identify common insect and disease pests of the species studied;
10. demonstrate a basic knowledge of herbaceous garden planning;
11. demonstrate knowledge of appropriate site preparation and planting; and
12. demonstrate routine maintenance activities for herbaceous garden plantings.
HOU 242 – Horticulture Mechanics - Landscape Industry
This course is designed to enable the student to learn the basic mechanical skills required by grounds maintenance workers, landscapers, and ornamental horticulture businesses. Topics to be covered include the use of hand and power tools; power equipment operation and service/repair; tractor operation and service/repair; basic welding, plumbing, and electrical work; and tool fitting, soils, and fertilizers from a management viewpoint.
1. explain the importance of proper safety practices in relation to horticulture enterprises;
2. demonstrate the ability to properly and safely operate hand and power tools, tractors, equipment and accessories;
3. discuss how to establish a safety focus among employees and the work;
4. demonstrate the ability to properly use tools to measure, cut, fasten, smooth, tap/thread;
5. demonstrate the ability to properly use engine maintenance tools; and
6. identify and use fasteners.
HOU 243 – Soils and Fertilizers - Landscape Industry
This course is designed to enable the student to learn about soils and fertilizers from a management viewpoint. Topics to be covered include horticulture practices, practical application of soil/media testing and analysis, soil structure, porosity, pH and its relationship to good cultural practices, nutrient content, soil media management, soil textures and the effects of soil textures, mechanical tests of soil textures, and the effects of various soils in plant management.
1. discuss soil texture,
2. determine the effect of soil texture on plant root systems,
3. establish soil texture by mechanical tests,
4. discuss the effects of various soils in plant management,
5. identify various soil minerals in the local area, and
6. articulate the use of fibrous versus humus materials to alter soil porosity.
HOU 244 – Landscape Design - Landscape Industry
Studies the principles and practices of landscape design; special emphasis will be placed on the proper and effective use of plant and landscape materials in developing areas.
1. define landscape design,
2. discuss the various styles of landscape design,
3. design a residential and commercial plan,
4. identify and properly use drawing instruments,
5. develop a base plan, and
6. demonstrate the ability to use a basic computer drawing application.
HOU 245 – Pesticide Use and Safety - Landscape Industry
This course is designed to instruct and prepare the student who is preparing for a career in the landscape industry for the pesticide certification examination. Topics to be covered include the principles of pest control; pesticides and pesticide alternatives; laws and regulations; pesticide labeling; pesticides and human health; protective equipment; pesticides and the environment; and pesticide handling and emergencies.
1. identify various types of pesticides;
2. explain the principles of pest control;
3. explain the uses of pesticides;
4. distinguish between pesticides;
5. determine the correct pesticide for specific situations; and
6. identify, explain, and manage pesticide emergencies.
HOU 246 – Herbaceous Plants Summer - Landscape Industry
This course is designed to enable the student, who is preparing for or working in the landscape industry, to learn about herbaceous perennials, annuals, biennials, and geophytes that are cultivated in gardens and landscapes for summer interest. This course will emphasize identification, environmental requirements, aesthetic character, and landscape design uses. Topics to be covered include botanical terms and identifying specimens.
1. define common botanical terms associated with plant identification,
2. apply botanical terms in describing parts of herbaceous plant specimens,
3. identify specimens of at least 60 herbaceous species by botanical and common names, and
4. use a standard pronunciation for botanical names.
HOU 248 – Herbaceous Garden Plants: Summer ¿ Landscape Industry