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Horticulture

Horticulture

Horticulture brings together people, plants and places. Horticulturists produce fruits, flowers and plants; design, install and maintain parks and gardens; and manage sports fields and golf courses. Horticulture at KPU combines scientific principles, aesthetic values, sound business practices and community awareness to produce and manage plants and landscapes. Many programs ladder into higher KPU credentials. Faculty and staff have lived commercial horticulture, are active in the industry and are committed to excellence in teaching. Small classes provide students participatory learning environments: work on your career goals today while planning for the future! Choose from trades qualifications, citations, diplomas or degrees.

With dedicated classrooms and labs at Langley campus, students have access to greenhouses, landscapes and turf training facilities. Practice and learn in commercial-style greenhouses and container nursery. In landscaped gardens and beds typical of residential and commercial installations, students design and build new plantings and renovate established areas, utilizing over 1,000 examples of ornamental and native landscape plants. Turf students’ learning is supported by our unique turf training facility, including two USGA specification greens and one for maintenance practice and research.

If you think that horticulture may be a rewarding career option for you, you’re welcome to come by for a tour of the facilities and conversation with faculty and program advisors. Call 604-599-2422 or email horticulture@kpu.ca for more info.

Awesome Plant ID App!

KPU's School of Horticulture goes global with this innovative Plant Database App that takes plant and pest identification to a whole new level!

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Plant ID App

This app has been developed to help users quickly identify plants using smart phones and tablets. There are over 1500 plant entries and 20,000 images with close-up details of the leaves, flowers, fruits, or cones taken from the full web version of the KPU Plant Database. There are direct links to search the internet for more information on each plant or pest entry. Plant and pest favourites can also be stored (to review for tests, for consideration in a landscape plan, etc.).

The paid version allows users to upload their own images with searchable descriptions as a means to record where and when the plant was found. These plants can then be found again to observe seasonal changes, to help other users locate the plants, or to monitor plant growth or pests. Students can even create personalized digital herbarium or bug collection to become better prepared for tests!