Horticulture (HRT) at Blue Ridge Community College


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HRT 100 - Introduction to Horticulture
Introduces commercial horticulture industry with emphasis on career opportunities. Examines equipment, facilities, and physical arrangements of production, wholesale and retail establishments. Surveys individual areas within horticulture industry.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 110 - Principles of Horticulture
Introduces concepts of plant growth and development. Covers horticultural practices, crops and environmental factors affecting plant growth.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 115 - Plant Propagation
Teaches principles and practices of plant propagation. Examines commercial and home practices. Provides experience in techniques using seed-spores, cuttings, grafting, budding, layering and division.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 121 - Greenhouse Crop Production I
Covers commercial practices related to production of floriculture crops. Considers production requirements, environmental control and management, and cultural techniques.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 126 - Home Landscaping
Studies current approaches to improving home landscapes. Emphasizes planning, proper implementation, and landscape maintenance.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 127 - Horticultural Botany
Studies taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics of plants as applied to identification, propagation and culture.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HRT 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HRT 201 - Landscape Plants I
Studies landscape use of plants. Considers ornamental value, growth habit, identification, and limitations. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HRT 202 - Landscape Plants II
Studies landscape use of plants. Considers ornamental value, growth habit, identification, and limitations. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
HRT 205 - Soils
Teaches theoretical and practical aspects of soils and other growing media. Examines media components, chemical and physical properties, and soil organisms. Discusses management and conservation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 207 - Plant Pest Management
Teaches principles of plant pest management. Covers morphology and life cycles of insects and other small animal pests and plant pathogens. Lab stresses diagnosis, chemical and non-chemical control of specific pests, and pesticide safety.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 226 - Greenhouse Management
Discusses the theoretical and applied practices of managing a greenhouse facility. Emphasizes greenhouse construction and design, environmental control, energy conservation, and related topics.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 245 - Woody Plants
Studies identification, culture, and uses of woody plants in landscaping. Includes deciduous and evergreen, native and cultivated shrubs, trees and vines. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 246 - Herbaceous Plants
Studies identification, culture and uses of herbaceous plants in landscaping. Includes perennials, biennials, common bulbs and annuals. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 247 - Indoor Plants
Studies identification, culture, and uses of indoor plants in interior landscaping. Includes tropical, subtropical and non-hardy temperate plants. Teaches scientific and common names of plants.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 249 - Perennial Plants
Considers the perennial plants used in the landscape. Includes site selection and evaluation for perennial culture, perennial plant selection, perennial culture under various environmental conditions, taxonomic identification, and control of insects and diseases.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
HRT 259 - Arboriculture
Studies the techniques of tree care. Covers surgery, pruning, insect and disease recognition and control, fertilization, cabling, and lightning rod installation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
HRT 260 - Introduction to Floral Design
Teaches skills required for the composition of basic table arrangements. Includes the history of design styles, identification of flowers and green, identification and use of equipment, and conditioning and handling of flowers.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits