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Horticulture and You: 

Horticulture and You Your Guide To Careers in Horticulture and Landscaping Waterfront Habitat Restoration Project, Burlington Bay - photo OHEC

You Want a Career in Horticulture: 

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

Table of Contents: 

Table of Contents 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

The Ontario Horticulture Education Council: 

The Ontario Horticulture Education Council - 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… Table of contents

The Horticulture Industry in Ontario: 

The Horticulture Industry in 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 Table of contents

Some Careers in Horticulture…: 

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 Table of contents

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

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… Table of contents

What is….?: 

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. Table of contents

Who Offers Horticulture Training?: 

Who Offers Horticulture Training? Certificates/Diplomas: Alfred College Algonquin College Cambrian College Fanshawe College Fleming College Georgian College Humber College Kemptville College Lambton College 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 Table of contents

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Algonquin College Cambrian College Kemptville College Seneca College Humber College Niagara College Niagara Parks School of Horticulture Mohawk College Redeemer University College Fanshawe College Ridgetown College Lambton College Sheridan College Fleming College Sault College Lakehead University St Clair College Table of contents Alfred College Ryerson University College University of Guelph Georgian College

Alfred College Alfred: 

Alfred College Alfred 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Algonquin College Ottawa: 

Algonquin College Ottawa 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 needed to enter a wide range of horticultural careers …” Map List of Colleges Table of contents Page 2

Algonquin College Ottawa: 

Algonquin College Ottawa 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 Table of contents

Cambrian College Sudbury: 

Cambrian College Sudbury 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 Table of contents

Fanshawe College London: 

Fanshawe College London 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

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Park/Waterfall - Stratford, Ontario – photo OHEC

Fleming College Haliburton: 

Fleming College Haliburton 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Fleming College Lindsay: 

Fleming College Lindsay 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Georgian College Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound: 

Georgian College Barrie, 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Humber College Toronto: 

Humber College Toronto 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Page 2 Map

Humber College Toronto: 

Humber College Toronto 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map Page 3

Humber College Toronto: 

Humber College Toronto 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Kemptville College Kemptville: 

Kemptville College Kemptville 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Lambton College Sarnia: 

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.” Lambton College Sarnia List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Mohawk College Hamilton: 

Mohawk College Hamilton 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…” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

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Longwood Gardens, PA - photo OHEC

Niagara College Niagara on the Lake: 

Niagara College Niagara 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Niagara Parks Niagara Falls: 

Niagara Parks Niagara Falls 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

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Longwood Gardens, PA - photo OHEC

Ridgetown College Ridgetown: 

Ridgetown College Ridgetown 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map Page 2

Ridgetown College Ridgetown: 

Ridgetown College Ridgetown 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...” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Sault College Sault St. Marie: 

Sault College Sault 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

St.Clair College Windsor: 

St.Clair College Windsor 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map Page 2

St.Clair College Windsor: 

St.Clair College Windsor Certificate in Greenhouse/Nursery Production One Year Program Certificate in Landscape Design/Construction One Year Program List of Colleges Table of contents Map

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Rock Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON - photo OHEC

Seneca College King City: 

Seneca College King 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…” List of Colleges Table of contents Map Page 2

Seneca College King City: 

Seneca College King 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…” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

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Old Brickyard Restoration Project Don Valley Parkway area, Toronto - photo OHEC

Sheridan College Oakville: 

Sheridan College Oakville 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. List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Lakehead University Thunder Bay: 

Lakehead University Thunder 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Redeemer University College Ancaster: 

Redeemer University College Ancaster 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

Ryerson University Toronto: 

Ryerson University Toronto 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.” List of Colleges Table of contents Map

University of Guelph Guelph: 

University of Guelph Guelph 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 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

References Accurate as of August 2004: 

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 References Accurate as of August 2004 List of Colleges Table of contents Map

OHEC Contact: 

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 knentwig@ridgetownc.uoguelph.ca List of Colleges Table of contents Map