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Horticulture Classes

August 31 to December 19, 2020

All classes are open to the public. These classes are non-credit. You will receive a certificate of completion for the non-credit course, if you attend at least 85% of all sessions of the course and earn a grade of at least 70%.

If you would like to turn your certificates of completion into credit towards a Horticulture certificate or AAS degree, up to 7 credits may be awarded through the NCCC Credit for Prior Learning Process. More information on the requirements can be provided by the Horticulture program coordinator.

Horticulture Classes

Fall 2020 Community Education Cannabis Classes

The Business of Cannabis

This course includes an important introduction to the legal, financial, and societal issues surrounding medicinal, recreational, and industrial cannabis and the cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients. Additionally, this course will explore the history of cannabis, industry trends, careers available in the industry, business types, sales and customer service skills, security, and information on strains, products, consumption methods, budtending, and cannabis culture.

Days: Tuesdays; August 31-December 19, 2020 (Semester Long)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Fee: $250
Instructor: Melissa Moore

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Cannabis Production

Learn the science behind the cultivation, propagation, and production of cannabis, including industrial hemp and various strains of marijuana. This course will provide students with the latest research and best management practices for the indoor and out-door commercial production of cannabis species including methods of propagation, lighting, irrigation, media, equipment, fertility, harvesting, drying, and curing. Information on hydroponics and organic options will be included.

Days: Thursdays; Aug 31-December 19, 2020 (Semester Long)
Time: 11:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $250
Instructor: Melissa Moore

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Floral Design I

Hands on course focusing on the principles of design illustrated through the use of floral materials; floral design elements and techniques including color, form, line and texture; and the history and utilization of floral art in society. Design projects and critiques are conducted to build the student’s sense of aesthetics and technical skills.

Days: Mondays and Tuesdays
Mondays (6:00 to  7:50 p.m.) and Tuesdays (6:00 to 8:50 p.m.)
Cost: $200

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Landscape Design I

The student will experience the process for residential design by working through the design process steps from site analysis through final design presentation. Class focuses on developing the students’ site assessment skills, drawing technique, and visual communication of landscape designs on paper. Landscape design principles, elements, and graphics standards are emphasized. Field trips to landscape sites will be held during class hours. Students will be given a list of required textbooks and drawing supplies to obtain on the first day of class.

Days: Tuesday & Thursdays
Time: 8:15 – 10:50 a.m.
Cost: $100

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Landscape Installation & Maintenance

A hands on course demonstrating the techniques for installing and maintaining trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants in the landscape. Course includes the use and operation of landscape hand tools and power equipment such as skid steers, tillers, and chainsaws, and basic construction techniques in a variety of landscape environments. Emphasis is placed on current industry practices and the latest research. Hardscaping, water features, and irrigation are also covered.

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Mondays (8:00 – 9:50 a.m.) and Wednesdays (8:00 – 10:50 a.m.)
Cost: $100

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Greenhouse Management

This is a practical course introducing the principles of commercial greenhouse management. Topics covered include location, construction, efficient operating and management practices, soil/media, watering systems, lighting, climate control, pest and nutritional issues, and new greenhouse technology and business management practices. An introduction to hydroponics production will be included. Some classes will be spent working on projects in the campus greenhouse. Field trips to commercial businesses will be held during class hours.

Days: Thursdays 
2:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Cost: $100

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Art & History of Horticulture

This is a two faceted course that first introduces students to the artistic elements and concepts used within horticulture and landscape design as well as reviewing the part horticulture and landscape design has played in history. An introduction to major historical designers and their contributions to society is included. This course will provide insight into the artistic use of color, form, scale, texture, light, dark, and season in horticulture and give the student an opportunity to observe the use of these elements within artwork and designs created by historically significant designers in art, the outdoor landscape, and other horticultural media.

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Cost: $100

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Woody Plant Materials

Study of selected deciduous and evergreen woody trees, shrubs, and vines used in the landscape industry. Emphasis is on identification characteristics, horticultural uses, cultural requirements, site assessment, and design attributes. Includes the latest variety and cultivar options, insect and disease concerns, invasive plants, and native plants. Required campus walks and field trips to local arboreta, botanical gardens, and noteworthy woody plant installations will be held during class hours.

Day: Fridays
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Cost: $100

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Carolyn Stanko
Horticulture Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6423
Location: C-249

Or call Community Education Office directly at 716-614-6236
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