Landscape Design and Management

Are you a creative person who loves to be outside? Check out Landscape Design and Management , a one-year, three credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the landscaping industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment, and you will even have the opportunity earn the highly regarded Registered Pesticide Technician License and OSHA 10 Certification!

This one-year course offers instruction in design techniques for the landscaping and greenhouse professions. Students study the use, growth and proper care of plants, ground covers, trees and shrubs. An emphasis is placed on design principles and maintenance practices. Students also learn how to grow various herbaceous, ornamental, and woody plants used in the industry. Students will gain additional employment skills by having the opportunity to participate in local internships. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Registered Pesticide Technician through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessment- Horticulture/Landscaping; OSHA 10 Safety; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

What students are doing right now
Installing professional landscapes at the Foundation House built by Tech Center students, designing and drawing the plans to scale and then installing the beds at the field site, iInstalling landscape beds on the Tech Center grounds, Working at field sites such as oceanfront resort, Virginia Beach Contemporary Arts Center, Virginia Aquarium, Sportsplex, and the Princess Anne Athletic Center.
Students are taking field trips to: Winesett Nursery, Lancaster Farms, White's Nursery, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and Tidewater Community College (TCC).landscaping student labeling plants in the greenhouse

Learning how to grow hydroponic plants, bonsais, vegetables, herbs, annuals, trees, and tropical plants. Students not only grow the plants for the plant sales, but students also run the three annual plant sales: Pansy, Poinsettia, and Spring Plants.

In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or university:
TCC: AAS in Horticulture,
Virginia Tech: AAS in Agricultural Management, AAS in Landscape and Turf Management, BS in Horticulture

Greenhouse Manager or Supervisor
Landscape Groundskeepers and Supervisors
Agricultural Education or Extension work
Landscape Architect
Pathology/Biological Student

All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Landscape Design Management!

Below is a sample of those who have employed our students as interns in Landscaping:
Winesett Nursery : Greenhouse Assistants, Landscape Installers
Atlantic Garden Center: Greenhouse Assistants, Sales Assistants
Enchanted Forest: Greenhouse Assistants, Sales Assistants
London Bridge Nursery: Greenhouse Assistants, Landscape Installers, Sales Assistants
Lawns and Gardens Plus: Landscape Maintenance and Installers
Virginia Beach Landscape Services/Parks and Recreation: Groundskeeper Assistants

          Instructor: Laurie Yates
Picture of landscaping teacher Laurie Yates