Environmental Horticulture

This UC (a-g) course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for entry into environmental and horticulture fields. It encompasses planning, design, construction, and management of the urban landscape. Relevant topics include botany, ecosystem restoration and management, landscape ecology, sustainable landscape management, sustainable use of natural resources, urban horticulture, and urban landscape design.

Emphasis will be on ecology, plant identification, plant propagation, water conservation, and related cultural practices. An important aim of this course is to develop in the student an appreciation of horticulture in the environment. This second-tier level of Environmental Horticulture 2 opens the opportunity for the student to participate in the 3rd year Environmental Horticulture Internship and opens a pathway to the Cabrillo College Horticulture Program.


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The work of our horticulture master gardener, Melanie Burgess, and many, many students over several years have transformed our CRHS compound into a working garden of various compost bins, vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, 2 large greenhouses, sitting areas utilized by many of our classes, and an outdoor classroom utilized by our classroom component taught by Wade Axup, Biologist.

Students who decide on this UC (a-g) educational pathway will work towards the Horticulture Program at Cabrillo College.

See below the many topics we prepare students for in a career in Horticulture and Green Engineering

Many students enroll in the Career Technical courses such as Aquaculture 2 or Green Engineering at SLVHS to supplement their pathway.

Cabrillo College Horticulture Program

Cabrillo College offer a diverse range of classes including Arboriculture, Basic Horticulture, Business Aspects of Horticulture, Crop Management & Nursery Production, Edible Landscaping, Greenhouse Operation and Design, Irrigation, Sustainable Landscaping, Landscape Design, Landscape Restoration, Native Plants, Organic Agriculture, Hydroponics and Substrate Culture, Pest Management, Plant Materials, Permaculture and Current Topics.

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