Gone are the days of math and english, favored now by horticulture related classes such as ornamental evergreens and horticulture entomology. The old days were certainly not wasted though as the classes were quite enjoyable...well, some more than others.
Perhaps one of my favorite parts of this class was the creation of a business plan that forced us to make similar decisions to those we would need to make if we were actually deciding to start a nursery. Deciding on either field grown, pot in pot or container production was hard enough but then we also needed to determine probable income and net gain/loss in our first year, second, fifth etc. This class was taught by Carrie Zimmerman, one of my favorite instructors though technically I could say that about all of them as each one was created a very welcoming and enjoyable learning environment. What set her apart however was that she does landscape design work and so I spent some time after class one day asking her a few questions for a future post.
Landscape Graphics and Design
The class introduced us to plant graphics for freehand plans and was quite engaging as it got me (and my poor drawing skills) to actually (attempt to) draw. While I can't say I produced high quality work, I put enough effort in to get me an above average mark and I payed enough attention in the lecture portions of the class to pick up some tips on how to do basic design which, now that we have a Landscape Design and Materials course will come in handy when we work on our projects for this class.
Horticulture Practices 1
We spent time doing all sorts of work typical of a landscape maintenance employee such as edging, weeding, planting, watering, and their were even a few times where students got the chance to prune. I would say the most important thing that was taught however was the importance of leaving the yard in better shape than it was when you arrived. Not doing so would be unprofessional and for students who may go into maintenance work, looking professional from the get go will help them succeed.
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
It helps that it is an important topic and for me, one of the main reasons I chose Niagara College to get my education. When I looked at other schools I noted that many did not have classes on the plants and their identification and culture and due to my love of plants, I knew that learning about as many plants as I could is what I wanted to focus on.
The class was very helpful and covered everything from Acer campestre (Hedge Maple) to Zelcova serrata (Japanese Zelcova). We learnt how to id the tree by both its buds and its leaves though I have been warned that much of this information is quickly forgotten. In my attempt to remember and hold onto this information I have begun the creation of a very in depth plant database that I may publish some day though since each page requires so much time to create it will be quite a while before anything is released.
Mathematics for Horticulture
Language and Communications
There was however, another project which was perhaps one of my favorite projects from the whole semester. We were required to write a report on a topic of our choice and then meet with fellow classmates who had similar topics and create a verbal presentation to present to the class. I studied micro-propagation for my report and this led to the creation of a post on the topic (which you can read here) and also sparked the creation of a whole page on propagation.
Plant Science 1
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