Ornamental Horticulture - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

The Ornamental Horticulture course prepares students for careers in the nursery, landscaping, and floral industries.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture

This course exposes students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They provide information regarding the care and propagation of plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs, but place a special emphasis on those used for decorative and aesthetic purposes. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils and media mixtures, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, weed and pest control.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California English Common Core Standards (4)
Next Generation Science Standards (3)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (43)
California Math Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (74)
California Academic Content Standards (33)
Competencies / Outcomes
  • Plant identification
  • plant physiology
  • soil science
  • plant reproduction
  • nursery production
  • floriculture
  • landscape design
  • landscape installation
  • landscape maintenance
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • FFA purpose and functions; supervised agricultural experiences; California Agricultural Record Book

FFA Issues and Topics

This unit contains lessons about the aim, purpose, history and structure of the FFA. Other lessons are about the opportunities in FFA such as awards, contests (career development opportunities), leadership opportunities and conferences.

10 Hours

FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)

This unit contains lessons about SAE's: what they are, how to begin and manage them, selection, and how SAE's support agricultural learning.

5 Hours

California Record Book

This unit contains lessons on components, entering information, completing the record book as well as how to use the record book for awards and recognition.

10 Hours

Careers in Agriculture

This unit contains lessons in career exploration, job applications, job descriptions and qualifications and requirements, education and training, and experience methodologies.

5 Hours

Plant Classification and Use Principles

This unit contains lessons that address plant classification and identification; using a dichotomous key; and plant selection for local landscape uses.

15 Hours

Plant Physiology and Growth Principles

This unit contains lessons on plant systems, nutrient transortation, structure and energy storage; seed parts and functions; necessary elements for plant growth; influencing factors on plant growth; tissue cultures.

15 Hours

Sexual and Asexual Plant Reproduction

This unit contains lessons on sexual and asexual reproduction, plant propagation techniques and monitoring plant reproduction.

15 Hours

Basic Integrated Pest Management

This unit contains lessons on pesticide labels and safe pesticide management practices; regulations and government agencies; horticultural pests and diseases and their control; and systematic approaches to solving plant problems.

10 Hours

Water and Soil (Media) Management

This unit contains lessons on how soil and water affect plant growth; irrigation design and installation; soil preparation, amendments and conservation; water sources and quality; and soiless media.

15 Hours

Ornamental Plant Nutrition

This unit contains lessons on plant nutrients and trace elements; nutritional testing; analyzing fertilizers and how to use them; and how to read and interpret fertilizer labels.

15 Hours

Turf Selection, Installation and Maintenance

This unit contains lessons on turf selection and management; turfgrass installation and maintenance; and how turf benefits the environment.

10 Hours

Nursery Production Principles

This unit contains lessons on production facilities and common nursery equipment and production practices' propagating and maintaining a horticultural crop to the point of sale and then the marketing and merchandising used in nursery production.

15 Hours

Containers and Horticultural Tools, Equipment, and Facilities

This unit contains lessons on types of containers and maintaining them in controlled environments; selecting, operating, and maintaining hand and power tools; installation of landscape components and electrical land and water features.

15 Hours

The Interpretation of Art Through Floral Designs PBL Project

Art comes in many shapes and sizes. Often times, individuals are surprised to find that floral designs fall in to the realm of art. It is not uncommon to see recreations and interpretations of various forms of artwork. 

This project asks students to define interpretation, investigate various forms of artwork, then choose one piece of artwork that appeals to them. Once students have an understanding of interpretation, they will be visualizing, planning, and calculating the costs of their own floral design that interprets their chosen piece of art. The conclusion of this project requires students to write their own artist statement to accompany the floral design they have physically composed.

PBL Project: Four Flower Re-Mix

In this Project-Based-Learning (PBL) unit for floral design, one set of flowers will be re-made into four separate designs.

  • The first lesson will focus on art elements and principles used in four designs. Lecture will cover definitions of art and practice in designing symbolic art.
  • The second lesson will outline the design process for a vertical bud vase and vertical line design (lab period).
  • The third lesson will outline the design process for a round centerpiece and corsage/boutonniere set.
  • The last lesson in this project is to review floral wholesale costs and marking up the cost to a retail price. Students will see the similar costs associated and compared between the 4 designs. These can be added to a portfolio as work samples.

Grafting Apple Trees PBL Project

In this unit project, students will learn about the value and importance of apple cultivation. Students will learn how to make different grafts and will graft apple trees as a final project. Apples are the easiest of apples to graft, though most fruits can be easily grafted.