Plant & Horticulture Science

  • greenhouse

    Students are completely responsible for the entire process of plant management culminating in the annual plant sale every spring.

  • The Plant & Horticultural Science Pathway provides students with the opportunity to prepare for a career or postsecondary education related to the Plant/Horticulture science industry. The courses offered in this pathway provide students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge through classroom and hands-on instruction. A few of the areas students will study are plant anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, hydroponics and have the unique opportunity to work in the McKean greenhouse to learn the various aspects of horticulture, greenhouse maintenance, and greenhouse management.
    As students’ progress through the plant science pathway, they will be given more responsibilities in running the greenhouse and plant sales. This will give them a direct hands-on experience and knowledge of the horticulture industry.
    Upon graduation, the students would have the skills to obtain an entry-level job in areas such as landscaping, floral shops, plant nurseries, botanical gardens and crop research facilities. 


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  • Quick Facts
    What Am I Studying?
    Coursework & College Credit

    • Foundations of Plant Science (Level 1)

    • Plant and Soil Systems (Level 2)

    • Plant Systems Management and Sustainability (Level 3)

    • Plant Science IV (Level 4–Certification program and Floral Shop Business Team)

    • Seniors approved for Co-Op may work in a local floral shop, landscaping business, or nursery


    • Benz School of Floral Design Certification

    • BASF Plant Science Certification

    How am I involved?

    • Student-run business: 

      • Greenhouse Management - Involved in managing the greenhouse during growing season as well as off-season, Pricing and placement of plant material, marketing

      • Plant Sales- involved in growing plants from seeds, cuttings and plugs; soft skills development in sales

      • McKean Floral Shop –creation, sales and marketing of floral designs

    • Member of FFA chapter–opportunity to participate in the largest student organization in the country; helps develop skills in agricultural competitions and leadership; opportunities for travel available