Classes at IVY Tech Community College of Indiana (South Bend, Indiana)

  • Sustainable gardening and permaculture
  • Fundamentals of gardening

Classes at Mt. San Antonio College (Pomona, California):

  • Plant propagation/Greenhouse management
  • Ornamental plants for Southwest Climates
  • Horticulture science

Classes at Fullerton College (Fullerton, California):

Permaculture Design Certificate – 5 units
This course introduces students to the application of ecological and environmental principles to designing human systems that are locally sustainable and require reduced inputs. Upon completion of this course with a passing grade, the student will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognized worldwide.

Hydroponics/Aquaponics – 3 units
This course covers the principles and practices used in hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Special attention is given to system design and production of appropriate crops for small scale production.

Soil Food Web – 3 units
This course introduces students to the Soil Food Web. The Soil Food Web is a complex living system in the soil. This course examines soil organisms and their relationship to soil fertility. Methods will be explored to increase soil fertility using actively aerated compost teas. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of soil organisms through microscopy will be emphasized.

Principles of Horticulture 1 – 4 units
Identification and use of ornamental plants; culture of landscape plantings; survey of soil properties and fertilizers; morphology of leaves, flowers and fruit, and landscape design principles for basic horticultural skills in the gardening and nursery trade.

Principles of Horticulture 2 – 4 units
Plant propagation techniques; weed control in landscapes, plant disease control; responsible and safe use of pesticides and their alternatives and turf grass management techniques for basic horticulture skills in the gardening and nursery trade.

Applied Botany – 4 units
This course is in applied botany covering the basic concepts in plant structure and functions. Includes the study of plant growth and development, horticultural practices, and an overview of horticulture as a science and art and an industry. Practical exercises and field trips are part of the lab work.

Plant Propagation – 3 units
This course covers the theoretical and commercial practices of plant propagation, including seeding and transplanting, preparation of cuttings, layering, division, budding and grafting, and micro propagation techniques. The use of plant hormones, plant physiology and genetic manipulation are discussed.

Greenhouse and Nursery Production – 3 units
This course covers the current production methods used in producing greenhouse and nursery plants. Greenhouse and nursery facilities, and equipment will be covered along with business practices, computer applications, nursery automation and current irrigation systems.

Plant ID Series: – 3 units each

Basic Landscape Plants
The identification and study of trees, shrubs, vines; tropical and herbaceous plant material of landscape value. Special emphasis is placed on fall-blooming as well as broadleaf and narrow-leaf plants.

This course studies broadleaf and conifer trees used in California landscapes, with special emphasis
on identification.

The study of ornamental shrubs, ground covers, vines, tropical and herbaceous plant material used
in California landscapes with special emphasis on identification.

Annuals, Perennials, Houseplants
This course covers the study of annuals, perennials, and houseplants used throughout California, with special emphasis on identification. It includes a comparison of the care requirements, culture and landscape usage for approximately 175 herbaceous ornamental plants.

Dry Climates
A semester course covering the effects of Southern California environment upon plant selection, knowledge of the growth requirements of selected native and exotic species, and their proper usage in landscapes. Emphasis is placed upon functional values and aesthetic qualities of native and exotic drought-tolerant plants. Through development of the design process the student will create landscape of appropriate native and drought-tolerant exotic species.

Landscape Management – 4 units
New plantings and maintenance of existing plantings, including pruning, fertilization, pest control, lawn care, and landscape estimating.

Landscape Pruning Techniques – 3 units
Principles and practices used in pruning ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, herbaceous perennials, groundcovers and fruit trees found in residential and commercial landscapes will be covered. Special attention is given to appropriate plant use and maintenance.

Basic Turf Care – 3 units
Fundamentals of lawn care for homeowners including planting, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, and pest control. Special techniques and equipment used for lawn renovation are also covered.

Turfgrass Management – 3 units
This course covers the production, maintenance, and management of turf grasses. Lab and field experience in identification, planting, management practices, renovation, fertilization, and pest management methods. Valuable to individuals entering fields of landscape management, nursery management, and landscape architecture; also golf course managers, stadium and athletic field managers, park managers, and managers of memorial parks.

Arboriculture – 2 units
This course covers current practices in maintaining trees through correct pruning, cabling and cavity repair. In addition, tree growth characteristics, local codes and regulations and safety practices related to pruning are covered. This course prepares students for the Certified Arborists examination.