This course forms the basis for all other horticulture courses. It includes the study of structures and functions in plants; requirements for growth and production including soil and fertilizers, temperature, light, growth stimulants and retardants, and water use and application; propagation; and growing problems as they relate to the production of vegetables, bedding plants, bulbs, nursery stock, potted plants, and cut flowers. The course includes hands-on lab experience.
This course includes the study of perennials in the landscape. It emphasizes flower and leaf texture, color, proper location, soil, and blooming period. The course studies culture and environmental requirements to focus on 'right plant, right place'.
This course introduces the culture of vegetables and culinary herbs (olericulture). It presents both organic and inorganic ways of growing produce with hands-on experiences. The course presents crops from seedlings and transplants to pest control and harvesting.
This course is a comprehensive study of annual bedding plants. It emphasizes identification and culture as well as propagation and appropriate use in the landscape.
This course includes lab and discussion of the culture and care of turfgrass including residential, public, and intense-use areas. It emphasizes the propagation, establishment, identification, watering, fertilizing, insects, diseases, and safe use of power tools for all grasses used in Nebraska turf.
This course includes the study of characteristics, growth rate, care, and use of deciduous trees for landscaping purposes in the Midwest. Students follow 'right plant, right place' guidelines and are aware of insects and diseases that could be a problem for certain trees. Students learn proper use of equipment used for pruning and spraying when necessary.
This course covers both herbaceous and evergreen groundcovers and where they are able to grow. Students also study the broadleaf and needle evergreens with emphasis on 'right plant, right place'. Students learn about the correct pruning methods and tools and the right time of the year to do pruning and propagation.
This course covers the use of shrubs in the landscape that are hardy in Nebraska. It emphasizes characteristics that help in identification including leaf, flower, stems, time of bloom, size of bulb, and proper environment growth. Students develop an awareness of diseases and insects that might be a problem and learn pruning techniques and the proper time to spray along with the proper equipment to use.
Students study how to use ornamental grasses, rushes, and sedges in the landscape. The course also covers the correct environmental conditions so that placement in the landscape is 'right plant, right place'.
Students study culture and selection of fruit trees, small fruits, and tree nut crops. This includes pollination requirements, fruiting characteristics, cultivar selections, and pruning techniques for orchards and vineyards.
This course covers the identification, use, and culture of tropical plants that are used in the home, office, and commercial interiorscapes, incorporating the latest concepts, techniques, and equipment.
This course is an introduction to the art and mechanics of arranging fresh flowers. It emphasizes floral identification and design basics to include color, texture, and form.
This is an advanced course in commercial floral arrangements for dinners, parties, receptions, weddings, and funerals.
This is the capstone course for creative floral design. It covers fresh flowers, dried flowers, foliage, and skills for special occasions.
This course provides advanced practice leading to excellence in designing for weddings, home decor, edible arrangements, funerals, parties, and tablescaping. NOTE: The prerequisite HORT 1320 can be taken concurrently with HORT 1330.
This course is an overview of the current study of urban agriculture providing perspective on the program and development of the growing field. The course highlights types of urban agriculture from around the world and our country and explores the role plants play in urban sustainability and future urban environments.
Students learn about food systems through cultivating a restaurant-focused vegetable garden. The course emphasizes seasonal, organic, and biodynamic management practices centered on consumer demand.
This course introduces students to the basic accounting skills that are necessary to run a small business. It emphasizes the accounting cycles of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and financial statement preparation. In addition, students learn the math of business using everyday examples. Topics include percentages, discounts, mark-ups, sales tax, and interest and loan payment calculations. The class examples slant toward the horticulture industry.
This course is the study of the history of restorative gardens and the benefits provided to the people. The course emphasizes therapeutic benefits to people working with plants and gardens.
This course covers the principles and practices of propagation of plants by means of seed. It emphasizes the classification of seed based on its morphology as well as the physiological development of seed. The techniques of commercial seed production in agronomy and horticulture based upon genetically derived cultivars and hybrids introduce students to modern plant breeding and genetic engineering. Students obtain hands-on experience with seed harvesting, handling, and germinating various plant species used in the seed production industry worldwide.
This course covers the principles and practices of propagation of plants by vegetative plant structures. It emphasizes the importance of clones/cultivars that can only be maintained by vegetative means. Students study the physiological process involved in wound-induced and healing responses occurring in root, shoot, and callus formation. They learn the commercial methods of vegetative propagation including cuttings, grafting, budding, layering, specialized structures, and micropropagation. Students have hands-on introduction to these propagation techniques as well as learn the wide range of plants that are propagated in each area. The course covers growing environments and structures for the complete production of propagated plant products.
This class studies the components necessary to form a horticulture business, including naming, mission statement, goals, organization, cost management, insurance, bookkeeping, taxes, and profit, along with management of materials and inventory.
This course is an introduction to plant diseases of economic importance to horticultural crops. It examines identifying characteristics of diseases, life cycles, and integrated pest management control methods.
This course covers detection, identification, and control of insects that damage ornamental plants. It examines identifying insect characteristics, life cycles, and integrated pest management control methods.
This course studies the details and construction of steps, walks, walls, fences, water features, and structures. Selection and proper use of materials and tools for the construction of these features is a major part of this course along with proper planting of nursery stock used in landscaping.
This course studies all areas involved in planning and drawing residential landscapes including the proper use of drafting equipment. It covers solving landscaping problems, selling, correct placement of proper plant material, and different types of designs. Students submit completed designs.
This course offers a supervised lab where students are required to complete landscape designs for public, commercial, or industrial sites. Students learn how to plan, sell, and price a complete landscape along with a hands-on introduction to computerized landscaping.
This course is an introduction to computer landscape design applications. Studies include computer-generated 2-D landscape plans and 3-D views of selected landscape areas, shading, colorization, and perspective drawings. Practice includes using design software to estimate, bid, and draft client proposals.
The operation of a nursery or garden center requires a good knowledge of woody plant production, landscape contract bidding, merchandising, marketing, and garden center operations. This course discusses these topics along with field production of perennials, bulbs, and groundcovers.
This three-part, specialized, comprehensive horticulture capstone training series equips students with an awareness of the relationship between horticulture, science, and ecology. Students gain an understanding of the interrelated problems associated with landscape and grounds management. NOTE: The co-requisites HORT 1210, HORT 1211, and HORT 1212 can be taken concurrently or have previously been completed.
This three-part, specialized, comprehensive horticulture capstone training series equips students with an awareness of the relationship between horticulture, science, and ecology. This second course in the series covers the study of ecosystems, distribution patterns, and functions of ecology and sustainability in both residential and commercial landscaping.
This three-part, specialized, comprehensive horticulture training series equips students with an awareness of the relationship between horticulture, science, and ecology. This third course in the series studies environmental landscaping using plant materials indigenous to the Midwest.
This course is an introduction to greenhouse management. It discusses various greenhouse structures and their maintenance regarding crop production and outlines numerous greenhouse crops and their specific requirements for commercial production.
This course covers basic flower shop arrangement, management, equipment, supply sources, and various marketing techniques.
This course permits instruction in special content areas not included in other Horticulture courses, depending upon interest and relevancy to the curriculum. Topics may include EPA certification, water gardening, permaculture, and rain gardens.
Students work in a horticulture-related field under the direction of a qualified supervisor. Based on state guidelines, students must complete 40 hours of work for each credit hour.
Students work with the Horticulture faculty in designing, implementing, and evaluating a special horticulture project. Students meet with the faculty on a regular basis for consultation and evaluation.