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Horticulture and You

Your Guide To Careers in

Horticulture and Landscaping

  • Waterfront Habitat Restoration Project, Burlington Bay - photo OHEC


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You Want a Career in Horticulture

  • in DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, PLANT PRODUCTION, RETAIL

  • as BUSINESS OWNER/MANAGER/SUPERVISOR, LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN, GREENHOUSE MANAGER, INSTRUCTOR, PLANT PROPAGATOR

  • for SMALL BUSINESS, MUNICIPALITY, GOLF COURSE, GARDEN CENTRE, NURSERY, CHAIN STORE, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE, TOURISM


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OHEC

The Horticulture Industry in Ontario

Some Careers in Horticulture

What Does It Take?

What is...?(some definitions)

Who Offers Horticulture Training?

See slide for links to colleges

Map of Training Locations

References

OHEC Contact

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TheOntarioHorticulture EducationCouncil

- Post-Secondary Program Coordinators and Instructors in Horticulture, working to help YOU make a career in this vibrant industry

- Industry leaders offering great jobs and career-building opportunities

- Government programs augmenting course development and delivery costs

Contact Us…

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The Horticulture Industryin Ontario

  • Gardening is the #1 leisure activity in North America

  • Landscape/Horticulture is the #1 (production) commodity of the broad agricultural industry in Ontario

  • Business revenues are estimated at over $6.5 billion annually in Ontario; at present trends (15% increase in gross revenues annually), this could double by 2008

  • Over 100,000 people are employed in Ontario’s various sectors of Horticulture

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Some Careers in Horticulture…

Arborist

Equipment Operator

Garden Centre Management

Garden Equipment and Supply Dealer

Golf Course Superintendent

Greenhouse Manager/Grower

Floral Designer

Horticultural Technician

Horticultural Research

Landscaping Contractor

Landscape Designer

Lawn Care Management

Nursery Manager/Grower

Parks and Recreation Technician

Self-employment

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What Does It Take?Any or All of the Following:

  • An avid interest in working outdoors

  • Creativity

  • A capacity for physical activity

  • Ambition

  • Wanting to make something of yourself

  • An interest in plants

  • Training and skills development

  • Etc…

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What is….?

  • Certificate/Diploma:generally one to three year programs designed for those who want to develop or upgrade skills in a specific area without necessarily proceeding towards a three or four year degree program.

  • Degree:generally a 3 or 4 year baccalaureate program possible leading to further studies or advanced degrees.

  • Apprenticeship: formal agreement between an individual who wants to learn and an employer who needs a skilled worker and is an “earning while learning” arrangement for a required term.

  • Continuing Education:non-credit personal and professional development courses. In some cases courses may be applied toward further studies.

  • Distance Education:degree courses without attending on-campus classes. Provides flexibility in study schedule for those students who choose to study independently

  • Co-operative Education:provides eligible students the opportunity to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of paid work experience.

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Certificates/Diplomas:

Alfred College

Algonquin College

Cambrian College

Fanshawe College

Fleming College

Georgian College

Humber College

Kemptville College

Lambton College

Who Offers Horticulture Training?

  • Mohawk College

  • Niagara College

  • Ridgetown College

  • Ryerson University

  • Sault College

  • Seneca College

  • St.Clair College

  • Sheridan College

  • Niagara Parks

  • Degrees:

    • Fanshawe College

    • Lakehead University

    • Redeemer University College

    • Ridgetown College

    • University of Guelph

  • Apprenticeship Training:

    • Humber College

    • Fleming College

    • Kemptville College

    • Lambton College

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Lakehead University

Cambrian College

Algonquin College

Alfred College

Sault College

Kemptville College

Fleming College

Seneca College

Georgian College

Humber College

University of Guelph

Ryerson University College

Niagara College

Sheridan College

Mohawk College

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

Lambton College

Redeemer University College

St Clair College

Fanshawe College

Ridgetown College

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Alfred CollegeAlfred

  • Certificate in Horticulture

    • Distance Learning Program

    • Taught entirely in French

    • “L'étudiant ayant réussi ce certificat a tous les outils de base nécessaires au démarrage d'une petite entreprise horticole”.

  • Courses in Horticulture

    • Distance Learning

Map

List of Colleges

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Algonquin CollegeOttawa

  • Horticulture Technician

    • Two year diploma

    • Field trips

    • “…The campus becomes a living laboratory in applied horticulture, focusing on the handling and care of plant material and equipment, and on basic landscape construction…”

  • Horticulture Technician - Continuing Education

    • Part-time courses offered 3 terms per year

    • Upon completion, students may complete diploma program by applying to the full-time day program

    • “…Hands-on component that provides students with the practical experience neededto enter a wide range of horticultural careers …”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Algonquin CollegeOttawa

    • Florist

      • First level available part-time only through Continuing Education, one year full-time studies

      • Hands-on design labs

      • “Students learn customer relations, effective sales and window display skills, botany, identification, care and handling of flowers and plants.”

  • Distance Education Certificate Programs

    • Commercial Gardener: 11 Courses, 90 hour field placement

    • “…suitable for anyone wishing to work in the Nursery or Garden Centre industry.”

    • Expert Gardener: 5 Courses

    • “…ideal for keen homeowners interested in gardening,…running their own property maintenance business…or the entrepreneur looking for a second career.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Cambrian CollegeSudbury

    • Environmental Horticulture - Landscape Management

      • One year Certificate

      • Four week co-op placement

      • “…A vibrant and challenging field, encompassing the art, science and professional skills essential to the preservation and betterment of the outdoor and indoor environment, with full respect to all components of the landscape, both organic and inanimate.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Fanshawe CollegeLondon

    • Horticulture Technician

      • Two year Diploma

      • Co-op available

      • “…Aimed at providing technical skills to the landscape maintenance and construction industry.”

  • Design (Landscape)

    • Three year Co-op Diploma

    • Graduates of this program have direct transferability of 10 credits to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree program at the University of Guelph

    • “...Providing training in the design of many types of landscape areas, with emphasis on small scale commercial, institutional, and residential landscapes.”

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts-Integrated Land Planning Technician

    • Planned to start Fall 2004

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    • Park/Waterfall - Stratford, Ontario

    • – photo OHEC


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    Fleming CollegeHaliburton

    • Horticultural Technician

      • Apprenticeship - 4,500 hrs, 20 weeks schoolwork

      • “…In-school segments are held during an eight week period in November and December and a twelve week period in January to March.”

      • Related Programs “…you may want to extend your career horizons by taking one of Fleming’s many programs in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.”

  • Arboriculture

    • one year Certificate program

    • Field placement in semester two

    • “…work as an “urban forester”, preserving trees and shrubbery, and helping to protect green spaces in communities.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Fleming CollegeLindsay

    • Forestry Technician

      • 2 Year Diploma

      • 7 Day Field Camp

      • “...you’ll acquire the right stuff to work effectively in natural resources management - from identifying trees to working with high-tech computers.”

    • Parks and Forest Recreation

      • 2 Year Diploma

      • Field school included

      • “…conserve, develop and enhance urban and wilderness green spaces and parks for the community’s use.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Georgian CollegeBarrie, Orillia, Owen Sound

    • Landscape and Horticulture Training Options

      • Continuing Education; series of short courses and workshops

      • one can also take e-courses in Landscape and Horticulture which are offered through Georgian College in collaboration with University of Guelph

      • e-courses can be taken individually or applied as credits toward the only e-diploma in Horticulture in North America (available through University of Guelph)

      • “These short courses and workshops will give you a good overview and can help prepare you for further full-time training in the horticultural and landscape industry.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Humber CollegeToronto

    • Landscape Maintenance and Development

      • 32 week Certificate

      • “This program will offer a choice of two options - a Landscape and Grounds Maintenance option and a Construction option.”

  • Urban Arboriculture

    • Tree Care Certificate

    • “…Graduates will have a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of urban tree care, including tree climbing, pruning, rigging, aerial rescue, teamwork and safety.”

  • Arborist Apprenticeship

    • Twenty-week in-school session

    • This apprenticeship is regulated by the Apprenticeship and Certification Act

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Humber CollegeToronto

    • Horticultural Technician

      • Apprenticeship

      • Twenty-week in-school session

      • This apprenticeship is regulated by the Apprenticeship and Certification Act.

      • …Stresses practical skills through applied study in the Humber college greenhouse, construction laboratory, Humber Arboretum.”

  • Landscape Technician

    • Two year Co-op Diploma

    • “This program provides you with a thorough knowledge of landscape design and development, site construction, general horticulture, ground maintenance and related technologies.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Humber CollegeToronto

    • Continuing Education:

      • Horticultural Science Certificate

        • Four Courses

        • “…provides a foundation to pursue a career in the Horticulture industry.”

      • Landscape Design Certificate

        • Six Courses

        • “…credits earned may also be applied towards the Landscape Technician Diploma.”

      • Retail Garden Centre Technician Certificate

        • Nine Courses

        • “…support from Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.”

        • “Graduates…are fully prepared to challenge the examination leading to the Canadian Certified Horticultural Technician (CCHT) designation.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Kemptville CollegeKemptville

    • Horticulture Technician

      • Two year Diploma

      • Hands-on practical training

      • “…This broad ranging and demanding diploma prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career with a solid theoretical background and sound practical training.”

      • “…You can use the credits gained at Kemptville towards a Degree in Horticulture (B. Sc.) at Guelph.”

  • Horticulture Apprenticeship

    • 4500 hour work, 20 weeks in school component

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Lambton CollegeSarnia

    • Landscape and Golf - Horticulture Technician

      • Two year Diploma

      • Part-time completion and co-op available

      • “…Program prepares graduates for entry-level positions and then… with experience… to become superintendents, managers and operators.”

  • Ontario Horticultural Apprentice

    • 20 week Apprenticeship

    • Nursery/Greenhouse Option and Landscape Greenskeeper Option

    • “This intensive program combines practical skills and applied study in the college greenhouse, construction laboratory and college grounds.”

  • Arborist Apprenticeship

    • 20 week Apprenticeship

    • “…Offers employers an opportunity to imporve the skill level and quality of their workforce, without interrupting the busy season of the year.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Mohawk CollegeHamilton

    • Landscape Design - Continuing Education

      • Certificate

      • “…Appeal to homeowners interested in enhancing their residential property with carefully planned landscape.”

  • Horticulture Plant Identification - Continuing Education

    • Certificate

    • “…All the courses are offered in a convenient part-time schedule which allows you to upgrade your knowledge without interrupting your current employment.”

  • Floral Techniques - Continuing Education

    • Certificate

    • “…The student will become familiar with the principles and practices of floral design…”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Niagara CollegeNiagara on the Lake

    • Greenhouse Technician

      • Two year Co-op Diploma

      • “…Designed to prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing greenhouse and nursery industry.”

      • Up to 540 hours of paid co-op experience

  • Horticultural Technician

    • Two year Co-op Diploma

    • “Emphasis is placed on greenhouse management, nursery production, grounds maintenance, and landscape planning.”

  • Landscape Technician

    • Two year Co-op Diploma

    • “Prepare for a career in landscape design and construction.”

    • “Practical instruction includes completing on-campus projects.”

  • Winery and Viticulture

    • Two year Diploma with 4 month practicum work experience.

    • “Prepare.. for a career in the wine industry in either winery operations, viticulture or sales and marketing.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    School of Horticulture

    Three year Diploma

    Internship, study tours in North America and abroad

    “..A blend of academic studies and practical work experience offered on site at The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.”

    “…To train students in the art, mystery and science of horticulture while providing opportunities for visitor enjoyment, education, study and research.”

    Niagara ParksNiagara Falls

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Ridgetown CollegeRidgetown

    • Associate Diploma in Horticulture

      • Two year Diploma

      • Work placement in Holland between their junior and senior year of study.

      • Use the credits gained at Ridgetown towards a Degree in Horticulture (B. Sc.) at the University of Guelph

      • “…Working on the grounds with over 700 different plant species, in the greenhouses and on various landscaping projects, learning comes alive for students.”

  • Landscape Management

    • 1 Year Certificate Program

    • Industry work placement included

    • “Small class size, and excellent campus grounds are all reasons to come to Ridgetown.”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Ridgetown CollegeRidgetown

    • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management Degree

      • First of its kind in Canada!

      • Four year degree, semesters 1-4 at Ridgetown College (a regional campus of University of Guelph), semesters 5-8 at University of Guelph

      • “…designed for students who have an interest in living resources and a desire to pursue degree level training in all aspects of Horticulture.”

      • “…features management training and combined business and technical skills...”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Sault CollegeSault St. Marie

    • Parks and Outdoor Recreation Technician

      • Two year Diploma

      • Mandatory summer co-op placement

      • Employment opportunities include Park Warden, Park Interpreter, Resource Technician and Park Superintendent

      • “…Our program offer you a broad background in natural resource management, with quality instruction in three majour areas of concentration: Parks, Outdoor Recreation, and Adventure Travel and Ecotourism.”

      • Forestry Technician

        • Two year Diploma

        • “…prepares graduates…to work with forestry consultants, professional foresters, biologists, and other scientists.”

        • “A 50-hectare outdoor laboratory that is partially forested is part of the campus.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Horticulture Technician - Landscape

    Two year Diploma

    Co-op option

    “Horticulture Option … employment in the Greenhouse, Nursery and Turfgrass Production and Maintenance areas.”

    “Design/Construction Option prepares graduates for the Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance areas.”

    St.Clair CollegeWindsor

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    St.Clair CollegeWindsor

    • Certificate in Greenhouse/Nursery Production

      • One Year Program

    • Certificate in Landscape Design/Construction

      • One Year Program

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Seneca CollegeKing City

    • Environmental Landscape Management

      • Two year Diploma

      • 16 week paid work term

      • “…Special emphasis given to practical training and technical knowledge required by employers in private and public organizations.”

  • Retail Florist

    • One year Certificate

    • Approximately 200 hours of on-the-job experience offered

    • “Offer appropriate information on the care and handling of various flowers and foliages…”

  • Map

    List of Colleges

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    Seneca CollegeKing City

    • Golf Course Technician

      • Two year Diploma

      • 20 week Co-op between Year 1 and 2

      • “This program has received the support of senior officials of the Canadian Golf Superintendents’ Association.”

      • “Find employment as a technician with the 2000 public and private golf courses throughout Canada…”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    • Old Brickyard Restoration Project

    • Don Valley Parkway area, Toronto - photo OHEC


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    Horticultural Studies Certificate Program - Continuing Education

    Offers a detailed introduction to horticultural practices commonly used in the design and maintenance of residential landscapes, providing the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the field.

    All courses are offered in the evenings, allowing you to upgrade you knowledge without interrupting your current employment

    Certificate awarded upon completion of nine courses.

    Sheridan CollegeOakville

    Map

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    Lakehead UniversityThunder Bay

    • Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Forest Conservation) – 4 years

    • Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science (Forest Conservation) – 4 years

    • Bachelor of Science in Forestry – 4 years

    • Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry (co-op) – 5 years

    • There is an Urban Forestry component to these Bachelor programs

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Redeemer University CollegeAncaster

    • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

    • Honours Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

    • First two years at Redeemer University College, transfer to Ridgetown College to complete the two or three semesters, then back to Redeemer to complete studies

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Ryerson UniversityToronto

    • Landscape Design

      • Continuing Education, Certificate Program

      • 8 Courses, including Landscape Construction, Graphics, and Horticulture

      • “This program offers the fundamentals of landscape design technology for individuals wishing to further their education and interest in the designed environment.”

    Map

    List of Colleges

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    Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management

    Two year Diploma

    careers in golf course management, sod production or parks and recreation management

    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)

    Four year Degree

    “..The art and science of designing and conserving land and water for human use and enjoyment.”

    Bachelor of Science in Agriculture-Horticultural Science

    Four year Honours Degree

    “Students will be involved in cooperative group learning activities…”

    Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management-

    Horticultural Management Major

    Four year Degree

    First two years at Ridgetown College and last two at University of Guelph

    Planned to start in Fall 2005

    University of GuelphGuelph

    Map

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    www.alfredc.uoguelph.ca

    www.algonquincollege.com

    www.cambrianc.on.ca

    www.fanshawec.on.ca

    www.flemingc.on.ca

    www.georgianc.on.ca

    www.humberc.on.ca

    www.kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca

    www.lakeheadu.ca

    http://www.lambton.on.ca/

    www.mohawkc.on.ca

    www.niagarac.on.ca

    www.schoolofhorticulture.com

    www.redeemer.on.ca

    www.ridgetownc.uoguelph.ca

    www.ryerson.ca

    www.saultc.on.ca

    www.senecac.on.ca

    www.stclaircollege.ca

    www.sheridanc.on.ca

    www.uoguelph.ca

    ReferencesAccurate as of August 2004

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    OHEC Contact

    • OHEC (Ontario Horticulture Education Council)

      c/o Ken Nentwig M.L.A. (Chair)

      College Professor

      Ridgetown College, University of Guelph

      Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0

      (519) 674-1628 fax 674-1600

      [email protected]

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