Ashland High School
Horticulture Course Offerings

HORTICULTURE I (10, 11, 12)
2 or 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Estimated fee: $22.00

This introductory level course provides instruction and hands-on experience in horticulture. Students have the option of enrolling for two (2) or three (3) periods per day. Areas of instruction include greenhouse production, landscape construction and installation, grounds maintenance, and fruit production. Students gain hands-on experience in all areas of instruction. Outdoor and greenhouse work is a regular part of the school day. Computer applications are integrated into most aspects of the curriculum.

Greenhouse projects include poinsettias, foliage plants and spring bedding plants. Students receive sales training in the marketing of horticultural products. Students also operate the school Garden Center in the spring. Student leadership and cooperation skills are developed through participation in the FFA and the National Junior Horticultural Association.

After course completion students should possess the skill for entry level employment in the following areas:

Florist
Greenhouse production
Golf Course maintenance
Grounds and Tree maintenance
Lawn and Garden Center sales
Nursery and Orchard production
Vegetable of Orchard production
Landscape construction, installation and maintenance

HORTICULTURE II (11,12)
4 Credits
Prequisite: None (Horticulture I prefered)
Estimated fee: $22.00

This program provides instruction and hands-on experience in horticulture and horticultural leadership. Areas of instuction include greenhouse production, floral design, soils, landscape design and installation, grounds maintenance, nursery stock production, turf management, FFA/NJHA, leadership and employee/employer relations. Students gain hands-on experience in all areas of instruction. Outdoor and greenhouse work is a regular part of the school day. Computer applications are integrated into most aspects of the curriculum. Greenhouse projects can include such crops as poinsettias, foliage plants, hanging baskets and spring bedding plants. Students will select a particular greenhouse crop to plan, manage and market as a production project. Second-year students also have the opportunity for cooperative job placement in local horticultural businesses.

Students work with national organizations including the Ohio Nurserymen's Association, Ohio Florists' Association, Proven Winners, Bedding Plants International, and The North American Bluebird Society. Student leadership and cooperation skills are developed through participation in the FFA and the National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA). Students are encouraged to seek an office in our FFA/NJHA chapter and provide leadership to the younger members. Community service through group and individual improvement projects is also provided.

After graduation, students should possess the skills for entry level employment and advancement in the following areas:

Florist
Greenhouse production
Golf Course maintenance
Grounds and Tree maintenance
Lawn and Garden Center sales
Nursery or Orchard production
Vegetable production and sales
Landscape construction, installation and maintenance
Horticultural Sales and Service

TECH PREP HORTICULTURE (11,12)
3 or 4 Credits
Prequisite: Must complete the course pathway available from the Horticulture Department.
Estimated fee: $22.00

Tech Prep Horticulture is an exciting educational program that combines the best things about college prep classes and vocation educational. The competency-based curriculum is designed to guide students in a high school horticulture program with emphasison academics through a post-secondary specialized technical program at Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute (OSU-ATI) in Wooster, Ohio.

Tech Prep Horticulture increases student competencies in math, science, and communications, and gives them horticulture skills, knowledge, and experience to enter and complete an Associates Degree Program at OSU-ATI. Academic, occupational, and employability competencies are required at both the secondary and higher educational levels, enabling a student to enter employment at both the completion of the 12th grade and the end of the Associate's Degree. At the completion of the Associate's Degree, if they choose, they can continue their education at a four-year college.

Tech Prep Horticulture students enroll in the Davey Online Institute to better their understanding of horticulture theory.

Here are a few of the horticulture occupations Tech Prep Horticulture and an Associate's Degree from OSU-ATI Wooster can prepare you for:

Nursery Technician
Golf Course Superintendent
Landscape Designer
Lawn Care and Athletic Field Specialist
Tree Care Maintenance
Floral Design Manager
Greenhouse Technician

LANDSCAPE DESIGN I (10,11,12)
Semester course
1/2 credit
Prerequisite: None (priority given 12th, then 11th, then 10th)
Estimated fee: $12.50

Landscape Design I is an introductory course in landscape horticulture. The course teaches basic art principles used in landscape planning. Site analysis, plant selection and landscape planning are considered in detail. Students examine how landscape planners combine art principles with plant and land form to achieve design goals. Landscape drawing techniques are introduced. Computer modeling and hands-on design experiences are an important part of the course. Students work closely with the Ashland City Schools Landscape Advisory Committee in studying creative solutions to landscape challenges on school district properties.

Students considering careers in art, architecture, landscaping, outdoor recreation and/or grounds maintenance will benefit from this course.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN II (10,11,12)
Semester course
1/2 credit
Prerequisite: Landscape Design I
Estimated fee: $12.50

Landscape Design II builds upon the design skills presented in Landscape Design I and adds the dimension of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD). Students learn to use computers to compose design drawings. Students learn to explore the Internet for horticultural resource information. Students also learn desktop and HTML publishing techniques to produce documents useful to landscape planners. Plant selection and identification are covered in more detail. Students prepare drawings and documents related to horticulture learning centers and landscape improvements on school district properties.

Students considering careers in computer technologies, architecture, landscaping, outdoor recreation and/or agricultural extension will benefit from this course.

FLORAL DESIGN AND FLOWER GARDENING (10,11,12)
1/2 credit
Prerequisite: None
Estimated fee: $22.00

Floral Design and Flower Gardening is an introductory course in floral and flower garden design. The course teaches basic art principles in floral and flower garden design. Flower forms, design greens, selection of containers and preparation of live flowers will be primary areas of study for floral design. Plant selection, site analysis, garden design, and flowering schedules will be studied for the flower garden. Students will examine how primary and secondary colors, rhythm, harmony, balance, scale, and emphasis are used by floral and garden designers to achieve design goals.

Student membership in the FFA and the National Junior Horticultural Association, along with the Ohio Florists' Association, is also available to encourage student leadership and progress towards career goals.

Students considering careers in art, architecture, floral design, gardening, interior design, landscaping, and grounds maintenance would benefit from the unique art perspective investigated by this course.

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