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Horticulture professionals enjoy the rewards of working outdoors and caring for trees, plants and flowers while beautifying our communities.

Students in horticulture programs spend most of their time working directly with plants and trees. In school-based greenhouses or at supervised work sites, students gain experience working with hand tools and a variety of small and large equipment. Specific training is provided in maintaining plant health, soil science and conservation, tree maintenance techniques, floral design, pest control, lawn care / turf management, greenhouse management, safe use of landscaping equipment, and forest management.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Horticulture. These programs provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field. Other schools may offer a more condensed version of this training, which has been designed at the local level. This is known as Non-Chapter 74 or "Perkins-Only." Learn more about the difference between State-Approved and Local CTE programs.


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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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