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Where pro gardeners get their green thumbs
Some graduates have gone on to start their own successful landscaping firms. Others have become superintendents at golf courses, overseeing the professional maintenance of the turf, trees and shrub areas.
At the school , courses fall into three main categories - diploma courses, apprenticeship training and citations.
The most popular is the two year horticulture diploma course, which offers three areas of specialization - landscape design and installation, greenhouse and nursery production and turf management.
Graduates have the option to continue their studies by doing a degree in horticulture science, which has a strong emphasis on pest management, plant pathology and biological controls.
There is also a degree course offered in Urban Ecosystems, which is a more analytical program focused on the management of urban green spaces, especially how landscaping impacts quality of life.
But for many young people already working in the landscape and nursery industry, the college's horticultural apprenticeship programs are tailor-made to help them get better qualifications and more professional know-how.
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First year Production class visits brand new niche business.
The first year Production Practices class got their feet wet and fingers sticky when they visited brand new start-up greenhouse business “The Urban Bog” recently. Growing a wide range of indigenous Canadian carnivorous bog plants, The Urban Bog intends to educate the public about the natural beauty of this somewhat strange group of plants. Operating since April 2013, the business has established its roots in the heart of Langley, close to a large market of retail and wholesale customers.
Company owner Regina Salomon exuded her passion for these plants, explaining to a group of inquisitive students that “When I discovered carnivorous plants, I was instantly captivated by their beauty and predatory nature. These plants will show the public the love that has gone into producing them, and I long to share more about this wonderful show of nature to my customers.”
The Urban Bog is exhibiting at the CanWest trade exhibition and conference taking place in the heart of urban Vancouver this September, aiming to spread the word about this largely un-tapped part of the horticulture industry.
Horticulture has launched a mobile version of it's plant database
This month the School of Horticulture and IET has launched its long-awaited smart phone version of the Plant Database with a design that continues following through with the School’s mission to build the most useful and accessible learning tools out there for our students and the community. This "mobile version" makes identifying plants in the field easier. Use your phone now and go to https://plantdatabase.kwantlen.ca to identify that plant you always wondered about. Stay tuned: next year we hope to launch a full app for phones with which will allow users to map out their own plant images and share information.
Future of Horticulture is Strong –opportunities for horticulture graduates are plentiful
Podium Finish at the Nationals!
After day one it was looking like Team BC had an edge on their competition. The second day as the last minutes ran down a huge audience was gathered to see the finish. When it ended a fantastic round of applause and cheers went up from the audience, competitors, coaches and all of the judges. Throughout the two days both students worked very hard and showed great team work and individual skills.
A special recognition was made of Team BC's Kevin O'Connor who was competing in his second national event. The judges commended Kevin on his great work and how much he had developed his skills since the 2012 National event in Edmonton.
At the closing ceremonies at the PNE Forum Kevin and Jason were confident that they would be making it to a podium. At the end they have won the first Bronze medal for BC and for KPU School of Horticulture.
Congratulations from all of us on a fantastic competition and great result!