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Horticulture: Principles, Practices, and Career Opportunities

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The discipline of horticulture has principles and practices that can be presented in written form, but the hands-on and experiential nature of working with plants makes the printed page a difficult delivery medium.  As we learned about the format and possibilities of electronic textbooks from Great River Learning, it became more and more apparent that this was the ideal means to teach horticulture. 


This reference has been modeled after the approach we each take to teaching introductory horticulture.  Between the two of us, we have taught horticulture at six different colleges and universities to a broad array of students.  In our classes we have strived to introduce the principles and practices of our profession, but also to describe the career possibilities of working with plants, which we feel is important information for beginning students.  Currently there is a shortage of employees in the horticultural and green industries across the United States and the demand and opportunities for skilled, talented, and passionate people is greater than ever.


Throughout this book you will find content and exercises not found in a typical printed textbook.  There are interactive knowledge checks to assess your understanding of concepts throughout each chapter.  In each chapter there are many “Did You Know?” dialog boxes with practical everyday examples of the principles you are learning.  We have also included “Author Flashback” dialog boxes to tell stories of our lifetime of experiences in horticulture that we incorporate into the classes as we teach.  At the end of each chapter there are exercises called “Horticulture All Around You” that are designed for you to examine how horticulture affects your life in ways you may not realize.  Because of the importance of educating students about the career potential of horticulture, our chapters have Career Profiles of professionals with occupations that specifically utilize the principles and practices you have just learned.  Each professional provides answers to a uniform set of questions to give you information on how they found their career path, what they find most rewarding about their career, and advice they give to students interested in horticulture.  As you will learn, horticulture is full of passionate individuals who find their careers very rewarding and fulfilling.

Chapter 1: History of Horticulture

Chapter 2: Naming and Classifying Plants

Chapter 3: Plant Structures

Chapter 4: Photosynthesis and the Factors Affecting It

Chapter 5: Plant Growth and Development

Chapter 6: Plant Hormones

Chapter 7: Plant Propagation

Chapter 8: Plant Nutrition and Fertilizers

Chapter 9: Properties of Hotricultural Soils

Chapter 10: Integrated Pest Management

Chapter 11: Pruning and Maintenance of Horticultural Plants

Chapter 12: Horticultural Crop Irrigiation and Water Management

Chapter 13: Horticultural Crop Production

Chapter 14: Landscape Horticulture

Chapter 15: Horticultural Calculations and Mathematics