Horticulture Technology Program

The Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study. Coursework includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses. Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator’s Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Program Information

  • Landscape Construction
  • Plant Materials
  • Applied Plant Science
  • Plant Propagation
  • Fall Gardening Lab
  • Environmental Biology
  • Greenhouse Operations
  • Horticulture Pest Management
  • Garden Center Management
  • Spring Gardening Lab
  • Introduction to Landscape Design
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Summer Gardening Lab
  • Horticultural Practices
  • Nursery Production
  • Horticulture Specialty Crops
  • Horticulture Turfgrass
  • Horticulture Management and Marketing
  • Advanced Plant Materials
  • Horticulture Computer Applications

Graduates of the WCC Horticulture Technology Program will: 

  • Understand construction principles and operational skills related to the greenhouse industry.
  • Gain knowledge in plant identification, landscape installation and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate minimum proficiency in use of small hand tools and maintenance of small engines for the landscape industry.
  • Learn the correct protocols for the application of pesticides in the ornamental and turf industry.
  • Understand production techniques that apply to the propagation and growing of horticulture crops.
  • Gain knowledge in agribusiness concepts and emerging technologies.
  • Learn theories in design work and transfer those theories into designs using both traditional hand-drawing and computer-generated methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to turfgrass maintenance, irrigation & sustainablesoil management.

Check out the CPP Map for GPS locations of plants on the Certified Plant Professional Exam. Feel free to visit our campus and self-tour if you are planning to take the state certification exam.

Contact Information

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Donna Riddle, MS
Instructor - Horticulture
Phone: 336-838-6435
deriddle368@wilkescc.edu
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