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We enhance and grow our community through the principles and best practices of Industry, Manufacturing and Construction. We are the landscape architects and horticulturists.

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Students are urged to maintain contact with their advisors to be certain they are on track to complete their program of study. Students assume ultimate responsibility for course selection.

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Becky Mercer
Associate Dean
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: Becky Mercer

George Rogers
Department Chair
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: George Rogers

 

 


Associates in Science (AS) Degrees

Career-oriented A.S. degree programs prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce or transfer into Palm Beach State College's bachelor's degree programs. Transfer to certain bachelor's degree programs at other colleges and universities is possible as well.


AT A GLANCE

This degree program is designed to prepare the student for management and technical positions in the green industry. Course content provides broad and well-rounded training in such areas as turfgrass culture, pesticides, plant physiology, nursery management and landscape construction.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time.

We offer internships and informal job placement support to our students. Financial aid is available to qualified students. Day and evening classes are offered.

  • Professional certification is rapidly increasing in importance within the Environmental Horticulture Program to match its increasing importance in the workplace.
  • The purpose of the certification program is to provide marketable skills without the need for General Education.
  • Most of the courses required for certifications can also be applied to the A.S. degree so that certification can usually be a step toward that degree. Non-degree, certificate-only courses are Field Skills I & I and the LESCO certification courses under construction.
  • Our certification program is oriented strongly toward outside agencies, principally the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Assn. (FNGLA), LESCO (program under construction), and the International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Most of the Palm Beach State certifications can be used as stepping stones toward the FNGLA certifications of the same names.
  • Generally, professional certificates are not licenses and are not required by law to practice horticulture. However, in Florida and nationally, there is a growing certification movement, with employers coming to prefer or require certified employees.
  • The former Horticulture certificates are in the process of being replaced by a new certification program, which is under construction. The older certificates remain available. The new program has the advantages of closer ties to the industry, direct relationship with FNGLA, and formal credit. FNGLA certificates earned through Palm Beach State will count as educational "end points" appearing on transcripts.
  • Students interested in FNGLA certification should contact the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association in Orlando for updates, details, promotional materials, discussion of experience requirements when relevant, and current manuals. Their Education Director is Ms. Merry Mott at 1-800-375-3642 or mmott@fnga.org. The Palm Beach State Environmental Horticulture Department can help you make contact.
  • For ISA certification, take Arboriculture and pass the ISA Certified Arborist exam.
  • For the FNGLA Florida Certified Horticulture [formerly Nursery] Professional certification, take Nursery Management and pass the FNGLA written exam. This is given on campus in December, as well as at FNATS (Orlando, September) and TPIE (Ft. Lauderdale, January)
  • For the LESCO Fertilizer & Turf Certification contact the Environmental Horticulture Dept. (561-207-5052) as this program develops.
  • For Palm Beach State Environmental Horticulture certificates, complete the Palm Beach State certificate requirements (with suggested course sequence) below. (To obtain requirements for the older certificates, contact the Dept. Chair.)
  • For FNGLA certifications (beyond FCHP), complete all FNGLA requirements and pass FNGLA's exams, which involve various combinations of field skills, written examinations, and experience as detailed below. The Palm Beach State certificates are steppingstones to the FNGLA certifications. Those offered by Palm Beach State require only passing all of the listed courses.

George K. Rogers, Ph.D., Professor, Horticulture Department Chair 
Faculty Webpage   Phone: 561-207-5052

Mala Naik, Adjunct Instructor
Faculty Webpage

William Donovan, Adjunct Instructor
Faculty Webpage

Carol Bailey, Adjunct Instructor 
Faculty Webpage

Brenda Lesser, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 561-207-5055

The following horticulture personnel can be reached by calling Dr. Rogers at 561-207-5052:

  • Sue Hildebrandt, Nursery Manager
  • Jean Weber, Horticulture Technician II

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Recognize plants prevalent in South Florida landscaping.
  • Prepare and interpret landscape designs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of botanical principles underlying modern horticultural practice.
  • Apply basic garden skills: propagation, potting, planting, pruning, plant installation.
  • Manage plant pests safely and responsibly.
  • Engage in horticultural practices with awareness of associated safety issues and environmental issues.
  • Apply print and electronic informational resources to horticultural practice.
  • Apply irrigation and fertilizer to landscapes properly.
  • Understand basic business principles related to horticultural practice.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Multilimb Coordination — Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity — Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Trunk Strength — Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility — Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Static Strength — Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Students may work in at golf courses, nurseries, landscape companies, lawn maintenance firms, tree care enterprises or garden centers. Many students are self-employed in landscaping.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.


College Credit Certificate (CCC)

A CCC awards college credit and delivers the technical core of the A.S. degree in that area of study. Completing a CCC gives you an immediate credential for skilled employment, allowing you to start or advance a career. And because CCC credits transfer into an A.S. degree, you'll have a great start toward your degree goal, too.


AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program provides marketable skills without the need for General Education. Environmental horticulture provides the knowledge and expertise driving the green industry in Palm Beach County.

This certification program is oriented strongly toward outside agencies, principally the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. Most of the Palm Beach State certifications can be used as steppingstones toward the FNGLA certifications of the same names.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 18

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Ornamental Plant Identification

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Multilimb Coordination — Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity — Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Trunk Strength — Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility — Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Static Strength — Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Students may work in the green industry: golf courses, nurseries, landscape companies, lawn maintenance firms, tree care enterprises and garden centers. Many students are self-employed in landscaping.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Students who complete this certification may apply for the Landscape and Horticulture Professional II certification. All of the courses required for this certification can be applied to an A.S. degree in Landscape and Horticulture Management.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program provides marketable skills without the need for General Education. Environmental horticulture provides the knowledge and expertise driving the green industry in Palm Beach County.

This certification program is oriented strongly toward outside agencies, principally the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. Most of the Palm Beach State certifications can be used as steppingstones toward the FNGLA certifications of the same names.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 30

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Plant Propagation
  • Environmental Issues in Horticulture
  • Computer-Aided Landscape Design
  • Professional Landscape Installation and Maintenance
  • Introduction to Palms and Their Culture
  • Landscape Construction
  • Arboriculture
  • Plants of the South Florida Ecosystems - Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, and Grass-Like
  • Native Plants
  • Horticultural Taxonomy

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Multilimb Coordination — Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity — Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Trunk Strength — Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility — Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Static Strength — Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Students may work in the green industry: golf courses, nurseries, landscape companies, lawn maintenance firms, tree care enterprises, and garden centers. Many of our students are self-employed in landscaping.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

All of the courses required for this certification can be applied to an A.S. in Landscape and Horticulture Management.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program provides marketable skills without the need for General Education. Environmental horticulture provides the knowledge and expertise driving the green industry in Palm Beach County.

This certification program is oriented strongly toward outside agencies, principally the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. Most of the Palm Beach State certifications can be used as steppingstones toward the FNGLA certifications of the same names.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 12

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus and may be completed online.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Plant Physiology
  • Landscape Design
  • Computer-Aided Landscape Design
  • Professional Landscape Installation and Maintenance
  • Plant Selections for Landscape Situations

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Multilimb Coordination — Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity — Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Trunk Strength — Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility — Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Static Strength — Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Students may work in the green industry: golf courses, nurseries, landscape companies, lawn maintenance firms, tree care enterprises and garden centers. Many students are self-employed in landscaping.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Students who complete this certification may apply for the Landscape and Horticulture Professional I certificate. All of the courses required for this certification can be applied to an A.S. degree in Landscape and Horticulture Management.

LINKS

 

 

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