Course Syllabus

Horticulture II Landscape Course Prospectus


Instructor: Mrs. L. Gardner


Telephone: 704.296.3170

Co-Curricular Organization: FFA

Course Description:

This course provides hands-on instruction and emphasizes safety skills needed by landscape technicians in the field. This course is based on the North Carolina Landscape Contractor's Association skill standards for a Certified Landscape Technician. Students are instructed in interpreting landscape designs, identifying landscape plants, and planting/maintaining trees, shrubs and turf. Landscape construction is emphasized in the areas of grading and drainage, irrigation, paver installation and the use/ maintenance of landscape equipment. Current topic discussions provide students an understanding of careers and the employability skills needed to enter the landscape industry. Opportunities exist for students to conduct internships or apprenticeships as landscape technicians.


Expectations:  Be prompt, prepared, polite, positive and productive.


Course Materials:  1. One- 1-2” 3 ring binder

  1. Loose notebook paper
  2. Writing utensils (pens or pencils)
  3. Appropriate clothing and shoes for work outside.




Weighted Grading:


Grading Scale:




1ST 6 wks








2nd 6 wks




35 %




3rd 6 wks




10 %




Final Exam




25 %







Plant ID





Progress reports will be sent home as mandated by the school system












Tests/Quizzes: Tests will be given at the end of each unit.  However dates will be unavailable, because students will determine their test dates.  Quizzes may be given with notice or can be pop quizzes.

Notebook:  Students will be required to keep up an organized notebook.  Students will be given quizzes to help reflect whether they have taken good notes and kept up with materials given by the teacher. These quizzes can and will be given at random.


Plant Identification: Students will review plants from the State FFA Plant Identification List and additional plants used in the landscaping industry.  The use of scientific names will be required as part of the course.


Make-Up Work:  Students will have two (2) school days to make arrangements for the work missed.  Work not submitted by the pre- determined date will receive reduced credit. It is the responsibility of the student to get with the teacher or a peer to find out their missing work and assignments.

HW/Participation: Students will have few formal homework assignments.  However when homework is assigned it is expected of the students to complete it.  Homework is part of participating in the class.  Other participation grades will be based on a student’s work ethic and participation in and out of class.


Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE): This assignment will be detailed in full later in the course.  It will require the students to work 30 hours outside of class time on an agricultural project.  We will be using the Agriculture Experience Tracker (AET) to record all events and photos.  We are really excited about this new program and hope all students will help in learning how to use it.

Cheating: This will NOT be tolerated under any circumstances and results in an automatic zero.


Tutoring: Tutoring will take place on an as need basis.  All tutoring will take place after school on the allotted day. (3:30pm-4:30)


Website:   Please visit the CANVAS website for documents and information that may be important.  Students will find assignments, resources, etc. which will be vital to the success of the class.


 This student organization is an integral part to the Agriculture Education classroom.  I encourage ALL students who are in my classroom to be a member in order to reap its benefits.  Dues of $_15_ will be collected at the beginning of the year, which pay for Chapter, State, and National dues.

Exam: There is a final exam in this course which is required, and mandated by North Carolina Department of Instruction.  All students in this class will take this exam. It is cumulative and counts for 25% of your final grade.

Course Summary:

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