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Title: Horticulture

  • Unit 1
  • To obtain an overview of the horticulture
    industry and jobs available in the field so that
    a career choice can be made

  • Horticulture The processing, cultivation, and
    sale of fruits, vegetables, nuts, ornamental
    plants, and flowers.
  • Pomology The science and practice of growing,
    harvesting, handling, storing, processing and
    marketing fruit trees
  • Olericulture The science and practice of
    growing, harvesting, storing, processing and
    marketing vegetables.
  • Floriculture The science and practice of
    growing, harvesting, storing, designing, and
    marketing flowering plants.
  • Landscape and Nursery Industry The science and
    practice of propagating, maintaining, and using
    grasses, annual plants, shrubs, and trees in the

Careers in Horticulture
  • Greenhouse worker Screen, mix, and sterilize
    soil, sow seed, start cuttings, and transplant
    seedlings and plants. Water, weed, prune, thin,
    fertilize and spray growing plants. Involves a
    great deal of manual labor. Qualifications are a
    high school diploma with vocational courses in
  • Nursery Employee Grows seedlings and plants for
    landscaping, fruit production and forest
    plantings. Mostly works outside and in the
    greenhouse. Includes manual labor.
    Qualifications are HS diploma, plant knowledge.
  • Garden Center Employee Caring for plants,
    moving plants and supplies for display, selling,
    and arranging displays. Qualifications include
    HS diploma, plant knowledge and good people and
    communication skills
  • Maintenance employee Cares for the area
    surrounding industrial bldg, businesses,
    churches, schools, airports, etc. Responsible
    for planting and care of lawns and ornamental
    plants. Mostly outdoor work. Qualifications
    include being able to work alone, enjoying
    working with plants, tools and small garden
    equipment. Should have high school diploma.
  • Golf course employee Responsible for the
    overall maintenance of golf courses. Care for
    the turf, install irrigation and drainage
    equipment, clean and maintain sand traps, change
    location of cups, prune shrubs and trees, replace
    soil and repair equipment as needed.
    Qualifications are good health, enjoy working
    outdoors, get along with others and a high
    school education.

  • Opportunities for College Graduates
  • Each year, there are about 14 more jobs in
    agriculture than there are graduates to fill
    them. Included are landscape architect,
    teacher, plant breeder, sales, greenhouse
    manager, garden center manager, pesticide
    specialist, consultant, researcher, officer
    supervisor, plant disease specialist, nursery
    manager, pest control specialist, landscape
    contractor, forester, etc.
  • City, State or National Park Employee A park
    employee does the work necessary for maintenance
    of the park. Includes maintaining trees, shrubs,
    flowers, and lawns. Work will include mowing
    grass, edging, planting, pruning, and caring for
    trees, shrubs, hedges, lawns and flower beds,
    controlling insects, diseases, weeds and caring
    for the soil. Work is outdoors and manual labor.
    Qualifications include HS diploma and health.

The Future of the Horticulture Industry
  • The horticulture industry is in a state of rapid
    growth. It is full of career opportunities and
    is making use of the newest technology.
  • Production of horticulture crops will increase in
  • Service Industries such as production of seeds,
    fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, growth
    regulators, hand tools, and equipment are needed.
  • Marketing and distribution of horticulture
    products will increase in volume.
  • Inspection services by governmental agencies for
    both fresh and processed product will employ more
    workers. Private firms will also employ field
    inspectors to spot diseases and insect outbreaks.
  • Teaching and extension workers will be needed to
    work with producers with the quickly changing
  • Research demands will greater as more plants
    species are developed.

Student Activities
  • 1. Using the telephone book, make a list of
    horticulture businesses in our area.
  • 2. Using the local newspaper, list the
    horticulture jobs advertised in the classified.
  • 3. Select one business and interview the owner
    and several employees. Write a paper on the jobs
    available and the duties and working conditions
    involved with each job.
  • 4. Write to your local agriculture college (or
    e-mail) and ask about jobs offered to its
    graduates in horticulture and the colleges
    placement services.
  • 5. Complete the self evaluation at the end of
    the chapter
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