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Environmental Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 10.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2005


The Environmental Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Skills Certificate includes an introduction to basic horticulture principles as related to the garden center and nursery industry. It also provides an orientation to the industry and to career options. The program provides a solid foundation of plant knowledge and horticulture workplace, garden center, and computer applications skills to equip students to work effectively in the retail garden center environment. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

The Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Skills Certificate is the first level in the Nursery program. Completion of the Horticulture: Retail Garden Skills Skills Certificate fulfills a portion of the Horticulture: Nursery Production Skills Skills Certificate, and a portion of the Horticulture: Nursey Technician Skills Certificate, and a portion of the Horticulture: Nursery Management Certificate of Achievement.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California.

In Sonoma County the landscape industry has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Retail nurseries and full-service garden centers have seen substantial increases in sales from previous years, and the demand for employees with plant knowledge and nursery skills continues to grow.

For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate behavior and workplace policies;
  2. organize an effective product display; and
  3. describe the types of retail nurseries in California.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Certificate program are:

  • Complete 10.5 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Requirements

Environmental Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Requirements - complete 10.50 units
HORT 50.1 Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 50.2 Horticulture Industry & Careers1.50
HORT 65 Horticulture Workplace Practices1.50
HORT 66 Garden Center Operations1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CS 101A Personal Computers for New Users1.00
CS 105A Introduction to Macintosh1.50
CS 160.11A Microsoft Word, Introduction0.50
CS 165.31 Microsoft Office Integration0.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
HORT 8 Plant Materials: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12 Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2005

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students with extensive horticulture-related workplace experience should consult instructor before enrolling in HORT 65.

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