Landscaping / Horticulture

The Landscaping/Horticulture program is a Chapter 74 approved program aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Agriculture and Natural Resources Cluster – Horticulture that offers a comprehensive competency based course that explores career areas in landscape maintenance, construction and design, greenhouse production, nursery production, floriculture, and retail garden center operation. The program emphasizes knowledge of plant science as a foundation to all career areas. Students learn while using equipment and materials that represent industry standards. Project based learning activities, residential landscaping projects, greenhouse sales, and floral projects provide experiences for students to reinforce, practice skills, and knowledge learned in the classroom setting.
The classroom environment is geared towards preparing students for the world of work with respect to work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and teamwork. Leadership and personal development skills are promoted through involvement in the Future Farmers of American (FFA) student organization.

Course Objectives:
Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
♦ Integrate academics through project based learning
♦ Create a portfolio
♦ Recognize career pathway opportunities
♦ Interact safely in a shop environment
♦ Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
♦ Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
♦ Organize and research information
♦ Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
♦ Demonstrate customer service and sales skills and process method of sales transaction
♦ Use resources for research and problem solving
♦ Demonstrate teamwork, customer service and sales skills
♦ Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment
♦ Identify types of plants used in the industry
♦ Design, construct, and maintain landscapes
♦ Grow and care for greenhouse crops
♦ Prepare basic floriculture products

Program benefits:
♦ OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
♦ Future Farmers of America (FFA)
♦ Greenhouse Operations
♦ Floral Design Operations
♦ Landscape Design and Construction
♦ Pesticide License Exam Preparation
♦ Hoisting License Exam Preparation
♦ Horticulture and Landscape Business Operations

Looking toward the future:
Take a look around you. Your environment is enhanced by maintained lawns and grounds, gardens, majestic trees, and natural settings. However nature needs quite a bit of help to maintain and/or create beautiful settings and serene landscapes. The field of landscaping technology and horticulture goes far beyond the lawn mower. Landscapers perform a variety of tasks necessary to achieve a pleasant and functional environment. There is an increase in career opportunities for those in occupations that support the expanding interest in the quality of our global environment. Specialist in areas such as landscape architecture, forestry, agriculture, plant sciences, conservation, and natural resources are in high demand. They often work for or with Federal, state and local governments, extension programs, research facilities and colleges and universities.

Students completing the Landscaping Technology/Horticulture program have the option of securing gainful employment, continuing formal studies at the post-secondary level, or pursuing a combination of both.

The Landscaping Technology/Horticulture program has an articulation agreement with Springfield Technical Community College. Through this articulation agreement students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Principles of Horticulture (GL 120) – 3 credits.

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Lynn Dupuis
Exploratory & 1st year


Erik Harel
2nd & 3rd year
  • CTEC Landscaping/Horticulture Students Take Gold
    CTEC Students competed in the Agri-Science Fair in the Environmental division as a team event. They took a first place gold which allows them to compete at Nationals in October in Indiana.
    Left to right  Bryce Martinez, Zack Cervone, & Cody Hiller, on
    Bottom Shauna Conroy & Gabby Rodzen.
  • FFA Floral Competition 2016

    Gabby Rodzen from South Hadley & Zack Cervone from West Springfield Place in the Floral Design Competition, Gabby took 8th and Zack 14th out of 30 contestants. Great Jobimg_2523 img_2524

  • CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Landscaping Technology & Horticulture:

    CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Landscaping Technology & Horticulture:

    • The program participated in the FFA display at the Big E and took 4th place.
  • Greenhouse Growing


    Our Native Plant Rain Garden Display at Big E FFA 2015

    Submission- Almost complete

    Growing in the Greenhouse

    The Freshman have been growing Tomato’s and Cucumbers for Culinary for the last two years all winter.

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