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Landscape Design & Construction

Instructor: Melissa Trocheck


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Course Description

CIP Code: 01.0601

Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, General


This is an instructional program having a combination of organized subject matter and practical experiences that generally prepares individuals to produce, process and market plants, shrubs and trees used principally for ornamental, recreational and aesthetic purposes and to establish, maintain and manage horticultural enterprises. Instruction emphasizes knowledge, understanding and application important to establishing, maintaining and managing horticultural enterprises such as aboriculture, floriculture, greenhouse operation and management, landscaping, nursery operation and management, and turf management.


The Landscape Design & Construction Program offers hands on learning that prepares students in all phases of landscape/hardscape design and management.


With an emphasis on residential home installation, students will learn the proper use of hand and power tools, skid loaders, construction materials, measuring and estimating, blueprint and plan reading, and job site safety.

Course Content

The curriculum is designed around standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.  Topics of study include:

  • Safety

  • Safe and Proper Plant Healthcare Practices

  • Basic Botany

  • Horticulture Business Operations

  • Soils and Fertilizer

  • Sustainable Horticulture

  • Horticulture Technology

  • History and Current Status of Horticulture

  • Plant Identification

  • Horticultural Careers, Opportunities, and Pathways

Required Uniform & Materials

The CMTHS Required Landscaping Uniform can be ordered HERE.

  • Jeans or work pants (not torn or ripped)

  • Leather work boots - (Steel-toed work boots are recommended but not required)

  • CMTHS Green Landscaping T-shirt

  • Optional CMTHS sweatshirt


  • Safety glasses are issued during the first year at CMTHS. They are required for use on some equipment.  Students with prescription glasses should have side shields attached to the frames or wear goggles.

  • If the student does not want to wear school supplied safety equipment such as earplugs, student will need to provide this equipment in order to operate some of the equipment.

Related Occupations

  • Landscaper

  • Grounds Worker

  • Landscape Architect

  • Supervisor of Landscaping

  • Soil and Water Conservationist

  • Nursery & Greenhouse Sales

  • Independent Contractor

  • Construction Manager

Potential Certifications

Students in the Landscape Design and Construction Program may earn the following certifications:

  • Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader Operator Training Course Certificate

  • Applied Horticulture PA

  • OSHA Certification - Agriculture

  • Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification

Post-Secondary Education

Recent graduates of the Landscape Design and Construction Program are attending:

  • Penn College of Technology

  • Penn State University

  • Temple University

  • Montgomery County Community College

Dual Enrollment with MCCC

The Landscaping Design Program is a Dual Enrollment Class with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). MCCC has approved our instructor as an adjunct professor. As a result, students will receive transcripted college credit(s) that can be used to continue their post-secondary education at MCCC or any number of institutions. Students must earn a grade of "B"or higher to receive the credit(s).


Articulation Agreements are cooperative arrangements for granting admission and college credit to students who are continuing their education.  Central Montco Technical High School has articulated its programs with a wide range of colleges and technical schools resulting in college credit or priority placement for CMTHS students.

Click HERE and select Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 01.0601 and your year of graduation to see what Articulation Agreements are available for this program of study.

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