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School of Horticulture Info Session
November 19

Kwantlen School of HorticultureJoin us for a tour of our facilities, meet faculty and alumni, and learn about our full and part-time horticulture programs at KPU.

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Room: 1030 Langley Campus

Register by phoning 604-599-3422 or email

Horticulture Diploma Continuing Students

The three Horticulture Technology diplomas (Landscape Design and Installation; Greenhouse and Nursery Production; and Turf Management Specialization) have recently undergone curriculum changes, with several courses being discontinued.
This will impact students who have started the program prior to Fall 2014 and have not completed all required first year courses. Second year courses will run as outlined in the 2013/2014 University Calendar for the 2014/2015 academic year. However, students who do not complete all second year courses prior to Fall 2015 may be impacted, as well.
For assistance with course selection, please read the Horticulture Diploma Changes Student Communication carefully.
See the details…

Start out with success!

We would like to encourage you to attend this event to make sure you get the most out of your new or retuning University experience.

Turfgrass Instructor Organizes Canadian First

Stan Kazymerchyk (who is in the video but not on this picture) led the recent Western Canada Turfgrass Association effort to introduce First Green to Canadian Golf Superintendents.

Greenhouse Production students present research projects

Student Research

The second year Greenhouse Production students at KPU School of Horticulture cut their teeth on the research world and presented posters at a mini-conference in April. Having worked for the past three months on their topics, the poster presentations came as an enjoyable end of semester celebration of the diversity of this industry. Among many other topics, subjects of study were as diverse as:

  • Designing and building a home-scale system for creating bio-char
  • The use of Effective Micro-organisms on the growth of radish
  • Is there a future in plasma lighting for greenhouse production?
  • Can micro-greens be grown in soil that would meet vegan criteria?
  • What are the options for commercial roof-top greenhouse production in Langley or other BC cities?
  • Does birch tree extract offer a control for Phytophthora infestans?

These investigative learning projects provide students opportunity to look into the joys and frustrations of doing research and offer a chance to develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. For some it is also a time to consider if research holds a future career option for them, or if they prefer to get involved in commercial production.

KPU School of Horticulture hosts entrepreneur delegation from India

Delegation from India On March 27, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) School of Horticulture hosted a touring group of entrepreneurs from the world of agribusiness in the Maharashtra State of India. Participants included:

  • Dr. Bhagwanrao Kapse, consultant with the Maharashtra State Horticulture and Medicinal Plants Board
  • Mr. Anil Kotecha, Director & CEO, Ghodawat Agro Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Vishwas Jogdand, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Greenhouse Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Bobby Nimbalkar, Head-Strategic Leadership Council & Dr.Apoorva Palkar, COO Education, Sakal Media Group.
  • Mr. Kevin Loyens, Senior Manager Priority Markets – India

After tours of the School of Horticulture greenhouse crops training facilities and the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture Native Microbial Bio-control technology laboratories, the group visited a local commercial greenhouse business to view the investment and production techniques employed. Mr. Lawrence Jensen of Darvonda Nurseries welcomed the group to the greenhouses and explained their production philosophies for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetable crops. Mr. Jogdand commented afterwards that there are significant business opportunities that we can partner in and that the tour of Kwantlen’s School of Horticulture and the commercial greenhouses had made the whole trip worthwhile.

Level 4 landscape class

First Graduates of the Year

Collaborative project with Homeowners

Landscape DesignStudents in the Landscape Design II (HORT 2420) explore the design challenges associated with residential sites and small scale public spaces.

They applied site and client analysis, and plant composition and graphics in the preparation of ‘Concept and Planting Plans’. At the end of February, the students engaged in this participatory, collaborative project-based course had the opportunity to present their design solutions for a residential site to the homeowners of a residence.

Dealing with real-world situations brought high levels of learning and satisfaction to students in the class. Given the number of students presenting their concepts and garden designs, the options provided lots of opportunity for the clients to ponder over and pick their favourite aspects from each before implementing their new dream outdoor living space.

“Branching Out” speakers suggest - horticulture offers lots of diverse new careers in the future!

field tripOver 50 students attending a recent “Branching Out” Conference at Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Horticulture heard about the exciting new careers that are on offer just around the corner.

The theme for this year’s event was “Building resilient cities with limited water supplies. What our population is doing and new careers that we need to do to address resiliency issues.”

Panel speakers gave their ideas as to what new jobs might look like to address these sustainability needs.

The event combined presentations with an opportunity for students to have face-to-face ‘speed-dating’ sessions with nearly 30 potential employers, and gave the forward-thinking employers their chance to snatch up their choice of graduate for new career openings.