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2018 Horticulture Class Series

An introduction to the principles and practices involved in the identification, selection, development, production, and care of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape).  Designed to be flexible and structured around your needs, completing the full Horticulture Series earns a program certificate.  Pesticide Applicator, Arborist, and other continuing education credits will be available for select classes.  The cost is $275 for the series or $35 for individual classes (to register for an individual class, click on the class title)

12-week Course: Thursdays 6-9 pm starting January 11, 2018 (topic dates TBD)

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Students may take individual classes that interest them for $35 per class.  Individual Class registration will become available as instructors and class dates are confirmed.  Check links below:

 

INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE

  1. Beginning Botany
  2. Classification of Plants

NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF SOILS

  1. Chemistry of Soil
  2. Biology of Soil

FIREWISE LANDSCAPING – The Firewise program provides a number of proven tools and resources for homeowners and other community residents to help prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss in their homes and neighborhoods. Class gives an introduction to the art, science, and practice of selecting, identifying, establishing, and maintaining landscape trees. Participants will learn proper arboriculture practices including tree selection, installation, and care, and be able to demonstrate a professional approach to managing trees in an urban landscape.

  1. Tree ID, Selection, Planting, & Care
  2. Defensible perimeter

VERTEBRATE PESTSidentification, life cycles, habits and habitats.  Introduction of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) introduces the cultural techniques required for suitable pest management with an emphasis on practical application and managerial techniques.
ENTOMOLOGY: INVERTEBRATE PESTS insect biology and physiology.  Cultural techniques required for suitable pest management with an emphasis on host plant resistance, practical application and managerial techniques.

LANDSCAPE PLANT MATERIALS- Focus on identification, culture, characteristics, and use of plants. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature, identification, growth requirements, cultural requirements, soil preferences, and landscape applications.

  1. Herbaceous Landscape Plants
  2. Woody Landscape Plants

CARE & MAINTENANCE OF LANDSCAPE PLANTS- introduces the cultural techniques required for proper landscape maintenance.

  1. Pruning
  2. Weeds & Pesticides
  3. WaterWise
  4. Fertilizing, Composting, and Mulching
  5. Plant Healthcare and IPM

 

Tree Disease & Diagnosis

TURF MANAGEMENT A study of turfgrass maintenance practices and how their interrelationships can be utilized to develop management systems.  Introduction to entomology and management of insect pests; characterization of soil physical and chemical properties for the establishment and maintenance of turf; and turfgrass nutrition and growth

BONUS SESSIONS:
no cost for paid registered Horticulture Class participants.

  1. HOME GREENHOUSE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT a basic home greenhouse management course. Participants are introduced to the various types of greenhouses; learn how to produce and culture plants in a temperature-controlled environment; learn how to sanitize and maintain the greenhouse; and examine variables like humidity, light and nutrients.
  2. GROWING BERRIES & SMALL FRUITS – Although it is challenging, you can successfully grow small fruits as well as a variety of berries in our area.   Our experts will help you with variety selection, appropriate maintenance, what to expect for pest problems and how to tell when to harvest your fruit.