Our guide to horticulture
Molly Longman

Our guide to horticulture

First published date April 16 2015 Amended date April 16 2015

Perhaps you’ve always had a love of plant cultivation and gardening, or maybe someone’s just planted the idea of trying out horticulture in your mind – whatever the case, our horticulture courses will help you learn more about the all things plants and trees.

Not only will you learn a lot from a horticulture course, you’ll also be part of the reason that people have food in their mouths; another personal bonus is that you can feed yourself with the yummy fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, herbs, and even seaweeds that you cultivate yourself. Not hooked yet? Here are a few more tips and facts about horticulture that will make you want to make like a tree and leaf to go to your first class.


Define horticulture?

Horticulture a broad branch of agriculture that deals with the art, science, technology and business of plant cultivation. Horticulturists grow intensively produced plants for human food and non-food uses, as well as for personal and social needs. Their overall goal is to improve plant growth, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases and technical advisors in the food and non-food sectors of horticulture.


An amplitude of options

Horticulture involves nine different fields of study. These nine areas can be grouped into two broad sections – ornamentals and edibles.  Whether you wish to work with poinsettias or pineapples, one of these areas is sure to strike your fancy. The areas include:

  • Arboriculture – the study of the cultivation of trees and shrubs
  • Turf management – all of the aspects of the production and maintenance of turf for sports, leisure, or amenity use
  • Floriculture – the study of the production and marketing of floral crops
  • Landscape horticulture – includes the production, marketing, and maintenance of landscape plants
  • Olericulture – the study of the production and marketing of vegetables
  • Pomololy – the study of the production and marketing of pome fruits
  • Viticulture – the study of the production and marketing of grapes
  • Oenology – the study of all aspects of wine and winemaking (the most heart-friendly and fun of all of the branches of horticulture)
  • Postharvest physiology – involves maintaining the quality of plants


Just like Jefferson

Although it was not this former United States president’s most famous trademark, Tomas Jefferson was one of the country’s first horticulturists. He had a keen interest in plants from a young age, and collected and planted local plants, as well as those from newly explored frontiers, on his estate. Clearly smart and successful people go into horticulture. Take up horticulture and who knows, maybe you’ll be the next president of the United States...


Jobs for horticulturists

... Ok, so taking a horticulture course will mostly likely not earn you a presidency. However, there are plenty of other exciting jobs for people in horticulture. From working in sports and leisure facilities to landscaping businesses to in a lab, the possibilities are endless.


What you’ll learn on a horticulture course

Going green has never been so easy – while there are simplistic horticulture course that are available that focus mostly on gardening and landscape design, it’s also possible to take a course with more depth. So, whether you’re a person who wants nothing more than to learn how to keep a potted plant alive or you have a deep-seeded passion for plant world, there’s a course out there for you.

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