• Instructor Kelly Piccioni | East Campus | CIP Code 01.0601

    Horticulture is a program offering the student an opportunity to pursue a career interest in any one or combination of the major areas of horticulture: turfgrass establishment and maintenance, landscape design, construction and maintenance; greenhouse crop production; and floral design. In addition, all students will become members of FFA and have an opportunity to benefit from leadership activities and competitions.

    Turfgrass Establishment and Maintenance involves the study of turf-grasses; soil identification and amendments; seasonal lawn maintenance and installation tasks; pest control and the establishment of lawns. This discipline also includes the operation of lawn equipment and small engine repair, preventative maintenance, tune-up procedures, blade sharpening and equipment overhaul. Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance includes the principles of landscape design; the study and maintenance of ornamental shrubs and trees, perennials, annuals, bulbs, and fruit trees; corrective and seasonal pruning; propagation; the installation of segmental walls, walk-ways, patios, low voltage lighting and water features; garden installation and equipment operation. Greenhouse Crop Production includes the study of greenhouse structures and operation; soils; fertilization; propagation; watering; pest control; inventory; crop scheduling and greenhouse crop care and sales. Floral Design includes the study of floral shop practices; fresh, silk, and dried floral arranging; holiday and special occasion designs, wedding design work, houseplant care, and trends in the floral industry.

    The Horticulture Program features an Aquaponics System. Aquaponics blends together the technology of hydroponics and fish rearing methods of aquaculture. Based upon the nitrogen cycle, the fish produce essential nutrients for the plants, and in return, the plants filter the water. This sustainable technology allows for organic growing of crops like lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and carrots. Horticulture students work closely with Culinary students to plan menus and schedule the crops for proper harvest. This cross collaboration helps build networking skills while implementing a 21st century business model.

    Students in the Horticulture program gain invaluable experience by landscaping the grounds of the student built house project, maintaining portions of the campus, creating seasonal floral arrangements for customers, working on community service projects, and engaging in the production and sale of bedding plants each spring.

    Students in this program should be proficient in the following math skills: calculating with fraction operations, computing linear measurements, computing liquid measurements, computing square feet and cubic dimensions, solving ratio problems, and using basic geometry.

    Career Pathways:

    Nursery Worker
    Floral Designer
    Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker
    Horticulture & Nursery Sales
    Horticulture Grower/Greenhouse


    Nursery & Greenhouse Manager
    Golf Course Superintendent
    Landscape Designer
    Garden Center Manager
    Environmental Resource Management
    Sustainable Technology

    *Requires post-secondary training.

  • Industry Certifications:

    PA Certified Horticulturist (PCH), PA Pesticide Applicator Certification,
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg - Up to 11 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 10 credits
    An agreement with Delaware Valley College is planned.

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude