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The ARC Horticulture Program prepares students to be qualified and meet the challenges for self-employment or employment in our industry. Production nurseries, retail garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, parks departments, golf courses, irrigation design and auditing, interiorscapes, landscape maintenance, arboricultural, horticulture consultation or product sales, are industry opportunity examples.

 

Students receive a formal education in basic plant science, plant identification, design standards, soil science, and plant diseases and pests. After completing the first year of training, students may elect an option in either landscape or nursery practices.

 

The ARC Horticulture Program is recognized by industry professional organizations such as CLCA, CANGC and is a test site for the CLCA Landscape Technician Skills Certification. These organizations and those in the community provide additional support by funding annual scholarship assistance for our horticulture majors.

 

ARC Horticulture also has outstanding facilities and work experience classes with links to the professional community, and our graduates are recognized assets in the industry and at four-year degree institutions.

 

The Horticulture Degree The degree represents several areas of study in Horticulture: aboriculture, floriculture, landscape horticulture and landscape design, olericulture, pomology, and viticulture. Horticulture is the science, art and skill of plant cultivation and the focus of the program is to prepare horticulturists to work and do research in the many disciplines the industry has to offer. The degree program concentrates on plant identification, landscape design, construction and maintenance, soils and plant nutrition, plant production and marketing, irrigation and water conservation, integrated pest management, and sustainable horticultural practices. Work experience is required.

 

The Horticulture Certificate The certificate represents several areas of study in Horticulture: aboriculture, floriculture, landscape horticulture and landscape design, olericulture, pomology, and viticulture. Horticulture is the science, art and skill of plant cultivation and the focus of the program is to prepare horticulturists to work and do research in the many disciplines the industry has to offer. The degree program concentrates on plant identification, landscape design, construction and maintenance, soils and plant nutrition, plant production and marketing, irrigation and water conservation, integrated pest management, and sustainable horticultural practices.

 

Landscape Design Technology Degree and Certificate This program is a bi-disciplinary study of horticulture resources and design fundamentals. It includes an in-depth study of plant materials, irrigation, landscape design, and site planning.

 

The Floristry Certificate This certificate emphasizes floral design, product procurement and handling, market strategies and customer relations.

 

The Horticulture Skills Certificate This certificate provides individuals with a basic horticulture background and specific experience in landscape installation and plant production. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) skills can be adapted to the needs of each of these horticulture industries.

 

The Landscape Design Certificate This certificate provides individuals with a basic horticulture background and a broad experience in landscape design, including landscape CADD.

 

The Plant Production Certificate This certificate provides individuals with a basic horticulture background and specific experience in landscape plant production, marketing and sales, facilities, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) skills, and license or certificates requirements.

 

The Sustainable Landscape Certificate This certificate provides individuals with a basic horticulture background and specific experience in sustainable landscape installation and maintenance, including the use of eco-landscape principles and practices.