If you saw a flower, plant or tree today, enjoyed beautiful landscaping in a park, walked over turf grass or played on a basketball, football or golf course then chances are you benefited from the work of a horticulturist during your day. While other LISD TECH Center agri-science programs focus on staple crops, Horticulture is the study of creative and sustainable solutions to use plants and plant research to enhance personal health and the quality of life. Whether you want to work in a lab, a field, a floral shop, at an arboretum, a botanical garden, in plant research or on the golf course, the possibilities in Horticulture are plentiful.
The Horticulture program is held at the LISD Center for a Sustainable Future, where plants, flowers and small fruits and vegetable production are grown in a state-of-the-art greenhouse as part of the Center’s “living roof”. In this course, students learn landscape, conservation of natural resources, forestry and how to use design software programs. Students will learn greenhouse management and operate a nursery. FFA leadership training is an essential part of the curriculum. Students who take this program have the option to dual-enroll in Michigan State University classes.
To Be Successful
Successful students usually have strong grades in science, an interest in working outdoors, the ability to follow directions, multi-task and an interest in scientific methods and research. Good communication and math skills are helpful.
Note: Additional education may be required.
- Greenhouse Management
- Park Ranger/DNR
- Forest Technician
- Turf Grass
- Fruit & Vegetable Production
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 0.5 4th Math
- 1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
- 1.0 AgriScience or 3rd Science
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
College Credit Opportunities*
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.
- Davenport University
- Michigan State University
Johanna Lentz grew up in Britton, living on a small family farm with greenhouse crops, vegetables, and 4-H animals. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a concentration on Landscape Design and a specialization in Environmental Science.
Audrey Wegner grew up living on a small farm with 4-H animals in Hudson. Audrey attended the TECH Center (formerly Vo-Tech) for 2 years in the Horticulture program and was an active member of the A.M. FFA Chapter. She now lives and owns a cash crop farm in the Blissfield area with her husband. Audrey has many hours working in the Horticulture industry. Audrey has been working at the TECH Center in the Horticulture program since 2013.