Horticulture Program


The goal of Horticulture is to provide students with practical opportunities for mastering fundamental skills in the care and culture of plant life in the home, business, and social environment. Instructional focus is directed toward plant physiology and anatomy, indoor plant culture, taxonomy, plant propagation, basic floral and garden design and the acquisition of knowledge governing the culture of specific food and esthetic plants used in our daily lives.

Horticulture Program Video

Horticulture Pathways

Is the Environmental Horticulture Certified Professional Horticulture(CPH) Career Pathway for You? Do you have the following? 

  • Mathematical and analytical skills  
  •  Environmental awareness  
  •  Creativity Problem-solving skills  
  •  Enthusiasm for design  
  •  Technological savvy  
  •  Love for the outdoors  
  •  An aspiration to help people If so, this could be the pathway for you.

Program Completion and Maryland CPH Certification Requirements: To complete this Montgomery County Public Schools Program of Study students must successfully complete the three high school courses and capstone experience described below. Upon successfully completing the program students that pass the Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH) Exam and submit evidence of required hours worked in the industry gain full CPH certification from the Maryland Nursery Landscape Association.

Foundation of Horticulture (1.0): Through theory and hands-on instruction students learn the concepts of plant growth and development, plant nomenclature, use of plants in landscapes, effects of invasive species, principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and how diseases impact plants.

Plant Production (1.0): Students incorporate market research and development to successfully plan, produce, and sell greenhouse and nursery crops. They monitor and maintain proper growing conditions, use IPM strategies and develop business plans.

Landscape Design (1.0): Students apply principles of design, use of drafting tools and techniques, and prepare various types of design views to present landscape designs that include softscape and hardscape elements. They evaluate all aspects of their designs.

Capstone Experience: Students complete an internship experience within the horticulture industry. The goal of the internship is to match students to authentic employment that links to their interests. Students that are unable to participate in an internship can fulfill the capstone requirement by taking a credit-bearing college-level horticulture course.

Sample Schedule:

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
On-level or Honors 
On-level or Honors 
On-level or Honors 
On-level or Honors Algebra II     
On-level or Honors 
On-level or AP Calculus
On-level, Honors or AP NSL
On-level, Honors, or AP 
World History 
On-level or Honors 
On-level or Honors 
Advanced Placement 
Environmental Sci 
Fine Arts    
  Plant Production    
Foundations of Horticulture       Landscape Design  Capstone Experience 

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Units of Study

Semester A Unit topics

  • Careers in Horticulture
  • Plant Science parts, function, environmental requirements, growth stimulants
  • Plant Propagation Cuttings
  • Greenhouse management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Floral Design

Semester B Unit topics

  • Greenhouse crops
  • Container grown plants
  • Using plants in the landscape
  • The vegetable garden
  • Soil science
  • Landscape tools


Mr. Randy Decker - Randy_Decker@mcpsmd.org