“Branching Out” speakers suggest - horticulture offers lots of diverse new careers in the future!
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.
Horticulture students mix it up with Alex Hope Elementary
HORT 2436 – Golf Course Management
On January 24, he shared his project needs with students in HORT 2436 class. They discussed Sagebrush maintenance philosophy, equipment inventory, labour needs and visual impact. Site photos and an aerial site map helped students understand site details in discussing Mr. Calder’s needs.
The students broke into teams of 3 to assess flow management options, maximize labour and equipment location efficiency, calculate equipment & supply storage needs, and labour spaces requirements. Their homework is to combine all into an ideal Turf Care Center.
They will present their team plans to Mr. Calder at the national Turfgrass Management Conference in Vancouver, February 18-21.
Sagebrush GC will rate students plan quality and use details in the development of the new facility planned for summer of 2014.
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.
The Vancouver Sun
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.