Course Description:

Horticulture is a two, three, or four-year competency based course designed to train students in landscaping design and construction along with property maintenance, growing of plants in a greenhouse environment, floral design of fresh flowers and silks, planning floral arrangements for weddings, Students study the art of growing greenhouse bedding plants, (hanging baskets and vegetables) and marketing of floral design (weddings, proms, special events, etc.). Because of economic importance of the green industry, a major portion of the time is devoted to learning sustainable landscape designs, culture, and management of properties including residential and commerical. Horticulture has its own building with two large greenhouse attached for ease of projects. The student learns how to design, establish, and maintain plant materials on the school property along with designing and installing hardscape plans. Floral design provides the student with ways to use plant materials, harmonizing color, flowers and foliage types, as well as the containers so that attractive arrangements can be made into arrangements. Actual wedding flower arrangements are made by the class. Interior plant care is also taught. Both maintenance and establishment of lawns, as well as landscaping homes and businesses are taught. The principles for design are taught along with plant identification, budgeting, and cultivation procedures. Students have access to a classroom, a greenhouse, a laboratory nursery, and horticultural establishments.

Skills Learned:

Some skills this program teaches are: propagation of plants, soil testing, blueprint reading, designing floral arrangements and construction with marketing skills, growing and maintaining greenhouse bedding plants and vegetables, designing (creating blueprints) and installing landscapes and hardscapes, running and maintaining equipment such as skid loaders, string trimmers, mowers and numerous hand tools.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include landscape designer, landscape laborer, landscape manager, project manager, supervisor, floral wholesale sales, floral designer, greenhouse labor, garden center sales, equipment sales. Other career choices are golf course groundskeeper and pesticide applicators. Earning start around $16.00/ hour with increases after 90 days.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Students may choose to continue their education at institutions such as Penn State University, West Virginia University, Pennsylvania School of Technology and Westmoreland/Allegheny Community Colleges.


Mrs. Huth Sylvia – Horticulture & Landscaping
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1321
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Governor Wolf announced, and the Department of Health have implemented a mask mandate for all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania.  According to this mandate, which takes effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, all students, staff and visitors must wear a mask while in schools.  Therefore, masks will be required starting on Tuesday for all students, employees, and visitors that enter any Central Westmoreland CTC building.

For further details, please refer to CWCTC’s Administrative Director’s letter regarding CWCTC and the mask mandate.

With regard to educational and technical programming moving forward, any changes to our current five-day face-to-face model, will be communicated to staff and families, if and when, any changes are made. 

Thank you for your time and patience as we continue to navigate through this process.

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