Designed by horticulturists and botanists, the academic courses introduce and explore the multi-faceted field of horticulture. Students receive training in plant morphology and horticultural techniques, will expand their knowledge of all types of plants and how to identify and manage diseases, pests and weeds. Communication classes help students prepare for their career, while landscape design classes look at both theory and practice.
These courses encompass a broad range of topics, i.e., anatomy, morphology, physiology, systematics, ecology, evolution, and field studies.Basic Science Review Workshop
Discuss essential biological concepts and
practice hands-on laboratory skills such
as working with dissecting and compound
microscopes, and making wet-mount slides
with fresh botanical materials.
Hours: 9 — BOT 314
Learn about the basic plant body, from the cell
to the main component parts, including roots,
stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. Use both
dissecting and compound light microscopes to
view plant parts. The fundamental chemistry
for understanding how plants function is
Hours: 20 — BOT 315
The role of plant hormones in growth and
development is discussed as well as plant
movements, water transport through the plant
body, and plant metabolism, including
photosynthesis and respiration (anaerobic and
aerobic). The basic chemistry needed to
understand this material is presented in class.
Hours: 20 — BOT 316
Survey the plant kingdom through the study of
morphological, anatomical, and life cycle
diversity of the major divisions. An introduction
to the principles and mechanics of evolution
and classification provides the framework for
understanding how these divisions are defined.
The fundamental nutrient cycles and ecological
concepts are presented.
Hours: 24 — BOT 317
Angiosperms are the dominant plants in most
of the habitats of the world today. Through
laboratory demonstrations and dissections,
examine the morphology of flowers, fruits, and
vegetative plant parts, and learn about the
development of these structures.
Hours: 16 — BOT 431
Survey the major families of the angiosperms
(flowering plants), the dominant group of
plants on Earth today. Learn the characters and
principles used to classify them, newly
recognized higher order groupings of species,
evolutionary trends in floral and vegetative
structure, and recently reconstructed
evolutionary histories (phylogenies) of
Hours: 21 — BOT 432
These courses are designed to increase and
enhance the understanding of plant
identification, culture, selection, and
sustainable landscape management
Soil is the very foundation of sustainable
horticulture and agriculture. This course
focuses on the texture, structure, density, and
color of different soils and the dynamic
relationship that exists among soil, water, and
plants. Learn irrigation and drainage
techniques, and explore the importance of soil
organic matter and microbiology in relationship
to plant health and soil conservation.
Hours: 18 — HRT 301
Learn how to feed the soil so it can feed your
plants. Gain an understanding of the
cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its
effects on nutrient availability to plants and the
ionic exchange capacities of soil. Macronutrient
cycles in the soil will be studied with emphasis
on the complex nitrogen cycle and its
importance to environmental and horticultural
sustainability. Explore the use of organic and
inorganic fertilizers and composted soil
amendments. Students will perform an analysis
of their own soil sample in class. In addition,
study commercial soil tests and plant tissue
tests as important tools in monitoring plant
nutrition and health.
Hours: 16 — HRT 302
Learn the basic techniques and practical skills
of landscape gardening. Topics include soil
preparation, efficient water and fertilization
practices, planting and transplanting,
cultivation techniques, and maintenance for
Hours: 12 — HRT 311
This course emphasizes the practical skills
required for growing plants in greenhouses.
Topics include structures and equipment, soils
and other growth media, irrigation and
fertilization practices, potting and repotting,
cultural techniques, and plant disorders.
Hours: 18 — HRT 312
Learn basic horticultural construction
techniques such as installing posts and rails,
mixing and using concrete, installing paving
stones and path edging, building stone walls,
carpentry, plumbing repairs, and painting.
Hours: 12 — HRT 314
This course will introduce students to the
various equipment used in the maintenance of
grounds, arboretum, and turf grass. Proper use,
care, and safety will be discussed. Students will
be able to operate various pieces of equipment,
and maintenance techniques will be
Hours: 8 — HRT 315
This course combines class study and hands-on
pruning, matching knowledge to practice.
Topics include woody plant structure and
physiology as they relate to pruning; correct
pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing;
and pruning as an integral part of plant health
care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and
broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous
plants is covered. Creation and maintenance of
hedges is considered, along with authentic
Hours: 14 — HRT 321
Explore the identification and landscape use of
major groups of shade trees and shrubs grown
for ornamental foliage and fruit. Major groups
studied include Acer, Quercus, Viburnum, and
other genera, which are particularly
ornamental in autumn.
Hours: 12 — HRT 331
Learn native and exotic broad-leaved
evergreens; become familiar with their cultural
requirements, identification features, and
ornamental value. Learn how to incorporate
this important group of plants into both
naturalistic and formal landscape settings.
Major plant groups studied include Ilex,
Rhododendron, Buxus, and evergreen
Hours: 8 — HRT 332
Learn the identification, classification, and
landscape use of ornamental conifers. Major
plant groups studied include Chamaecyparis,
Picea, Pinus, and other genera that may be
grown in the northeastern United States. Gain
a working knowledge of the best species and
cultivars of conifers for landscaping.
Hours: 12 — HRT 333
Learn the identification, classification, and
landscape use of spring-flowering trees and
shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia,
Malus, Prunus, Viburnum, and other genera,
which are particularly ornamental in spring.
Hours: 12 — HRT 334
Examine the most important factors in the
management and maintenance of shrubs and
small ornamental plants in residential or
commercial settings, including planting and
cultural practices. Using sustainable
management methods, learn how, why, and
when to prune; soil fertility options; how to
restore old or overgrown plants; and effective
winter protection techniques. Common insects,
diseases, and physiological problems are
Hours: 12 — HRT 335
Study the identifying characteristics,
classification, and landscape uses of springblooming
perennials. Learn the scientific and
common names of approximately 60 plants,
including Dicentra, Alchemilla, and Heuchera.
Hours: 9 — HRT 336
Study the identifying characteristics,
classification, and landscape uses of summer- and
fall-blooming perennials. Learn the
scientific and common names of approximately
60 plants, including Echinacea, Filipendula, and
Hours: 9 — HRT 337
Become familiar with the identification, culture,
and landscape use of plants that are commonly
used as annuals. Review major groups of
common annuals and more unusual types.
Learn how to select low-maintenance plants.
Topics include a review of the scientific names,
common names, and identification of
approximately 60 annuals.
Hours: 8 — HRT 341
Study the biology, identification, and
classification of ornamental bulbs. Learn about
common and unusual spring-, summer-, and
Hours: 12 — HRT 342
Review methods of calculating areas,
application rates for fertilizers, and amounts of
soil amendments in the first session, and
analyze homework problems in the second
Hours: 6 — HRT 356
A 30-hour course is required by New York State
before the Commercial Pesticide Applicator
Certification Exam may be taken. Topics
include handling, use, storage, and application
of pesticides; safety and environmental
considerations; and insect and disease
problems. Several manuals are required.
Hours: 30 — HRT 357
Learn the identification, classif
culture of houseplants and greenhouse plants.
Major plant groups to be studied include
aroids, bromeliads, Marantaceae, and other
ornamental tropicals grown indoors.
Hours: 14 — HRT 361
Study principles and practices of IPM, including
problem identification, monitoring techniques,
and pest management strategies. Students
discuss applications of chemical, cultural,
genetic, and biological controls to greenhouse
crops, woody ornamentals, turf grass, and
vegetables. Participate in scouting exercises
Hours: 12 — HRT 380
Survey the insects common to the northeastern
United States that feed on woody and
herbaceous plants as you learn to identify
insects and the damage that they cause. Learn
to judge the severity of an infestation and to
select and implement control measures based
on the insect’s biology.
Hours: 15 — HRT 381
Learn the principles and techniques of plant
propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the
basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with
attention to fruit development, seedling
production, root initiation, stem and leaf
cuttings, and layering.
Hours: 18 — HRT 411
Through lectures and laboratories, learn how
to work with plants that are difficult to
propagate by seed or cuttings. Subjects include
advanced seed propagation and techniques of
grafting, budding, and micropropagation.
Hours: 16 — HRT 412
With increasing pressure to eliminate or greatly
reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and
pesticides, this course examines the concept of
sustainable turf management. Through
analyzing traditional turf maintenance practices,
learn how to efficiently and effectively develop
management programs that reduce adverse
effects on the environment.
Hours: 14 — HRT 421
Learn the techniques of tree care, and gain an
understanding of what makes a healthy tree.
Topics include pruning, common tree problems,
spraying, lightning protection, transplanting,
fertilization of trees under stress, and root
problems. Samples of tree problems, supplies,
and tools are exhibited.
Hours: 14 — HRT 422
Learn the basic techniques of woody plant
identification. Buds, bark, and growth habits
on deciduous plants as well as interesting
characteristics of conifers are taught.
Specialized techniques and tools of the trade
Hours: 12 — HRT 440
Gain a basic understanding of the structure,
growth, and development of insects. Learn
about their harmful and beneficial effects, and
how to control insects and arthropod forms.
Learn to collect, identify, classify, and preserve
a wide variety of insects.
Hours: 15 — HRT 480
Learn about common diseases of woody and
herbaceous ornamentals caused by bacteria,
fungi, nematodes, and viruses, and the cultural,
biological, and chemical strategies for their
control. Discuss diagnoses of plant problems,
including identification of insect- and nutrient related
Hours: 15 — HRT 481
Learn how to identify and manage the
common turf and landscape weeds found in
residential and commercial sites. A variety of
weed control methods, including non-chemical
approaches, are examined. Weed biology,
biochemical pathways, herbicides and their
application techniques, and equipment
calibration and care are studied as are seasonal
weed control programs.
Hours: 18 — HRT 482
The greenhouse trade is a multibillion-dollar
industry with an increasing need for personnel
trained in sound business practices and
advanced horticultural techniques, including
environmentally friendly methods. This course
will explore the economics of the industry as
well as the principles and practices of
commercial plant production. Students will be
required to work on projects such as
scheduling and energy conservation, and to
develop a business plan.
Hours: 15 — HRT 511
The fundamental principles and practices of
managing a wholesale nursery include site
selection, planning and layout, and growing
nursery stock, both in the field and in
containers. The course explores latest trends
and best practices in the industry and includes
a field trip to area nurseries.
Hours: 15 — HRT 512
These courses include graphics, design,
development, and construction of
sustainable outdoor landscapes.
Study theories and principles that have shaped
the design of landscapes throughout history,
from antiquity to the 21st century. Explore
Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey
all types of gardens and landscapes, including
corporate and public spaces.
Hours: 24 — LAN 301
Graphics are used to develop and
communicate landscape design ideas. Learn
and practice techniques of graphic expression,
and learn how to organize and render
landscape plans for optimal presentation to
clients. Work with drawing materials and
drafting equipment. A separate expenditure
beyond tuition is necessary for drafting
Hours: 24 — LAN 311
Learn how to understand and analyze
landscapes, and to formulate programmatic
and functional requirements of a design
project. Translate these into schematic design
solutions. Take part in class discussions and
critiques, and present projects. Extensive
out-of-class design homework is required.
Hours: 24 — LAN 401
These courses help students prepare for the
horticulture profession by providing them
with skills for public speaking, job
acquisition, and business management. All
COM courses are compulsory and are taught
in workshop style.
Effective public speaking is as crucial as
knowing how to edge a display border. Both
indicate that the speaker has a high level of
professionalism. Learn the skills to become a
good public speaker: how to research, write,
and deliver. Students will deliver several
presentations during the course.
Hours: 12 — COM 101
How do I start? Where do I look? These are
common questions of job seekers, whether
they are seasoned horticulturists or looking for
a career change. This course is geared
specifically for the horticulture profession, from
preparing resumes with key industry terms to
targeting public gardens and dressing for the
interview. This course prepares students to
embark on their second-year internship search.
Hours: 8 — COM 102
This advanced level course focuses on how to
create presentations for different purposes
(sales pitch, visual presentation, and
graduation speech), how to utilize audio-visual
equipment and computer programs, and how
to deliver speeches. Students prepare and
deliver speeches of varying lengths.
Hours: 10 — COM 103
Through lectures and assigned readings,
students learn different components of
business management: staffing, marketing,
operations, financial management, and
customer/client development. Students prepare
a marketing plan.
Hours: 12 — COM 104
Students may take up to 60 hours of
elective courses of their choosing offered by
the Garden. These courses are optional and
are solely for students’ personal enrichment.