Prairie Horticulture Certificate
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
A distance certificate program for the horticulture industry as well as gardening enthusiasts.
Course Descriptions and Fees
Key to Course Abbreviations
Abbrev. (e.g. HORT) Course Number (e.g. 13)
Class Section Number (e.g. X01) Term (e.g. T1)
CRN – Course Reference Number (5-digit number needed for online registration).
Note: textbook prices are subject to change.
Basic plant anatomy at the cellular level and whole organ level is covered as well as the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Thorough coverage is given to plant classification and naming, with botanical grammar being stressed. Plant hormones, pollination, fruit set and ripening are discussed. Basic propagation is addressed and comprehensive coverage is given to climatic factors of importance to prairie horticulture. The course concludes with a discussion of diseases of significance to prairie horticulture.
Recommended textbook: How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do. Chalker-Scott, Linda, ISBN-10:160469338X. Approx. cost: $29.95. Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
Recommended textbook: Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide, Capon, Brian. ISBN-10:160469095X. Approx. cost :$26.95. Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
This course outlines basic terminology used in arboriculture, the principles of installation, and care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in the landscape. It also provides "how to" information in these areas. Finally, the effect of the environment on growth and development of woody plants is addressed.
Note: It is recommended that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering in Arboriculture. It is also recommended to have prior or concurrent knowledge in Woody Landscape Plants and Safe Work/Pesticide Application.
This course introduces business management basics for operating a small business within the horticulture industry. Gain an understanding of the characteristics of a small business and the principles of small business organizations; financial performance in a small business; small business budgeting; and human resource management for the small business.
Required textbook: Small Business Management: Launching and Growing New Ventures, 6th Canadian Edition, Longnecker, Justin et al. ISBN: 0-17-653221-8. Approx. cost: $137.95. Call 1-800-661-6537 ext. 4630.
Interested in marketing within the horticulture industry? Learn marketing basics as you gain an understanding of the fundamental marketing elements of the Canadian and prairie horticultural industry, basic principles of marketing and consumer behavior, price-setting, elements of the sales process, distribution channels in domestic and global markets, and the marketing plan and its components.
The course covers the theory and practice of floral design. Topics covered include: floral crop origins and distribution; basic botany; nomenclature and terminology; care and handling of fresh cut flowers/foliage. The course provides basic understanding of the tools, supplies, and mechanics used in floral design. Floral design styles, elements and principles are discussed.
Required textbook: The Art of Floral Design. 3rd Edition. Hunter, Norah T. Delmar Thomson Learning. ISBN: 978-1-4180-6303-0. Approx. cost: $133.95 Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
Note: Additional tools and supplies will be required to be purchased in order to complete course assignments and activities. Approx. cost: $45.00
Course topics include: role of prairie climate in large-scale fruit production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices; harvesting techniques; and concepts of postharvest storage are briefly discussed. In addition, site selection, orchard establishment, planting, and frost protection are addressed. Pruning & grafting are also covered. Fruit crops include apples, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, currants and saskatoon berries.
Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete Applied Botany before registering for Fruit Production.
Recommended textbook: Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production. 2004. Bors, Bob & Linda Matthews. ISBN: 978-0-88880-492-1. Approx. cost: $18.00. Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
Recommended textbook: Saskatoon Berry Production Manual. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, 2013. Spencer, Robert et al. ISBN: 978-0773-26101-3. Approx. cost: $15.00. Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
Learn several aspects of greenhouse production including an overview of the prairie greenhouse industry, production economics, chemical and biological pest control and the production of bedding plants, potted and flowering plants and vegetables.
Required textbook: Greenhouse Operation and Management, 7th Edition. Nelson, Paul V. ISBN: 978-0-13-243936-7. Approx. cost: $200.95
Required textbook: Ball Redbook; 18th Edition; Crop Production; Volume 2, Nau, Jim, ISBN: 978-1-883052-68-3, Approx. $81.95. Call 1-800-661-6537 ext. 4630 to order textbooks.
Learn the fundamentals of greenhouse construction and maintenance, as well as specialized features of greenhouse structures and environmental controls.
Required textbook: Greenhouse Operation and Management, 7th Edition. Nelson, Paul V. ISBN: 978-0-13-243936-7. Approx. cost: $200.95. Call 1-800-661-6537 ext.4630.
This course is a study of common plants in the prairie landscapes including herbaceous perennials, biennials and annual flowers. The course will discuss classification, identification, landscape characteristics, adaptations, cultural requirements and proper use of the plants.
This course strengthens students' abilities as owners, managers and supervisors of an agricultural workplace, to effectively deal with increasing workforce management expectations. There is no final exam in this course.
Required textbook: Canadian Farm Business Management. Managing People on Your Farm ISBN: 1-894148-70-3, Approx. cost: $39.75. Call 1-800-862-6307, ext 6788 or go to www.assiniboineshop.ca to order.
This course covers both the theory and practice of indoor landscaping. Topics include: an overview of the indoor landscaping industry; basic design concepts; people-plant relationships and the function of plants in the indoor environment. Plant culture, maintenance and integrated pest management are discussed. The course concludes with a section on indoor landscaping as a business: preparation of cost estimates, budgeting, advertising, etc. Students should be able to create, install and maintain a commercial indoor landscape on completion of this course.
Note: It is strongly advised that students have completed Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture prior to registering for Indoor Landscaping.
Note: Students will need to have a light meter to complete the assignments in this course.
The course outlines the basics of identifying, monitoring, predicting, and managing the environment and pest problems affecting horticulture crop growth. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to describe and apply the principles of Integrated Plant Management. The student will be able to diagnose problems, provide solutions, and predict how the manipulation of growing conditions will impact other factors.
Note: It is strongly advised that students have completed Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture prior to registering in this course.
This course is an introduction to the theory and application of landscape construction. Students will learn about: interlocking paving stones; water features; retaining walls; low voltage lighting; wooden decks; and fences. Safety procedures are emphasized.
Students will gain the skills needed to produce a simple residential landscape design for a client. This course will cover the design process; identifying client needs; producing a series of preliminary site plans and a design program; using drafting equipment; and producing a basic landscape design in plan view.
This is an introductory course to the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that could be applied in establishing a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.
Required textbook: The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High Quality Herbs on a Market Scale. Carpenter, J. & Gladstar M. ISBN: 978-1-60358-573-6, White River Junction, Vermont. Approx. cost: $60.00. Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore
Recommended textbook: Marketing on the Edge: A Marketing Guide for Progressive Farmers. Available from Farm Management Canada website: http://www.fmc-gac.com/publications
The course covers the principles and practices of the production of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. Production in both field as well as container is addressed in the commercial business environment. The historical evolution of the prairie industry is discussed as it relates to current crop management practices.
Note: It is strongly recommended that students will have completed Applied Botany, Soils for Horticulture, Safe Work/Pesticides, Integrated Plant Management, Wood Landscape Plants or obtained consent from your home institute program director.
Required textbook: Canadian Nursery Stock Standard. Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Download from www.canadanursery.com. Free
Required textbook: So You Want to Start a Nursery. 2003 Avent, Tony. Timber Press Inc. ISBN: 978-088-192-5845. Approx. cost: $32.95. Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 or www.assiniboineshop.ca to order.
The principles of postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruits, vegetables and herbs are covered in this course. Handling and storage practices to maintain quality of fruits, vegetables and herbs are addressed. Factors which influence quality such as timing of harvest, specific storage environments, causes of quality loss and transportation are discussed. Storage and handling of fresh herbs are also discussed.
Recommended textbook: Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops, 3rd Edition. Kader, A.A. Editor. University of California Publication #3311. Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 or www.assiniboineshop.ca to order.
Note: Before enrolling in this course, the student should be familiar with botanical structures of fruits and vegetables. Applied Botany is recommended prior to taking this course.
Learn both theoretical and practical information for plant propagation. Gain an understanding of the physiological and physical processes involved in propagation and the required skills to carry out various propagation techniques.
Note: It is strongly recommended to complete Applied Botany prior to registering for this course. You will propagate plants from seed and cuttings in a small propagation structure you create yourself, documenting the results photographically. You will need a camera and you will need to supply the materials for your propagation structure.
Required textbook: Plant Propagation Principles and Practices 9th Edition. Hudson Hartmann et al. ISBN: 0-13-448089-9. Approx. cost: $210.95. Call 1-800-661-6537 ext.4630 to order.
Learn about different aspects of attitudes on safety in the use of pesticides in the horticulture industry. Topics include: basic chemistry; legislation and regulations; labeling; toxicity; handling practices; environmental protection; pest management; application equipment; emergency response; and public relations. The course provides an opportunity to write the qualifying exams for the Manitoba Pesticide Applicator Certification in the landscape category according to the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. There is no final exam in this course.
Note: This course will be of particular interest to horticulturalists who apply pesticides, but are not mandated to be certified or licensed. Registering for this course also provides participants the opportunity to register with Assiniboine College for the Manitoba Pesticide Landscape Applicators Certification exams. Manitoba Agriculture would accept for licensing, under the Manitoba Pesticides and Fertilizers Control Act, candidates who have successfully completed pesticide training as developed under the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. Individuals from Saskatchewan completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain their Manitoba license are eligible to apply for their Saskatchewan permit. Those completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain only their Manitoba certificate would be eligible for a Saskatchewan permit after challenging and successfully completing the Saskatchewan exam. We recommend you contact Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food at 306-787-4669 for more information regarding Saskatchewan requirements. If you are interested in whether this course can be used for certification purposes in Alberta, please call Alberta Environmental Protection at 403-538-5460 regarding Alberta regulations.
Required textbook: Guide to Greenhouse Floriculture Production, Publication 370, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Available online at www.publications.serviceontario.ca
Required textbook: Growing Greenhouse Vegetables in Ontario, Publication 836, ISBN: 978-144-353-9241, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 2010. Approx. cost: $22.00. Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 to order textbooks or go to assiniboineshop.ca to order.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of Soil Science with specific reference to the study of Horticulture. The components of soil, their physical and chemical properties, and soil-water relationships will be the theoretical basis on which soil management and fertility will be considered. Synthetic and natural fertilizers and amendments, which improve soil physical properties, will be investigated. Potting media for greenhouse production are examined; however, the course emphasis is on natural soils.
Note: It is recommended that students collect a sample of soil (the volume of an ice cream pail) from their garden or area for completion of course assignments. If soil cannot be collected, you may be able to purchase soil from a landscaping or greenhouse business.
This course outlines the production and maintenance of turfgrasses to enable you to function within the landscaping and turf production industries. Topics include: an overview of the turfgrass industry; turfgrass physiology; plant morphology and species identification; native turfgrass; soils; turfgrass establishment, culture, management practices and problems; turfgrass pest control and integrated pest management.
Required textbook: Great Plains Turfgrass Manual, 4th Edition 2011, McKernan, Dennis. Life Works Design & Consulting. ISBN: 0-969-8200-0-3. Approx. cost: $85.25.
Recommended textbook: Weeds of the Prairies. Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development 2009, Bubar Carol J., Susan J. McColl and Linda M. Hall. ISBN: 0-7732-6147-8, Approx. cost: $43.75
Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 to order textbooks or go to assiniboineshop.ca to order.
This course covers vegetable production on the Canadian prairies in terms of soil, climate, equipment, cultural practices, management and marketing. A wide range of crops is reviewed from vegetable crops to vines. The course provides students with information necessary to establish a vegetable operation, advise others on vegetable production, or enhance their background for employment in the vegetable industry.
Required textbook: Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada. Howard, J. Editor Phyopathological Society. Download this book at phytopath.ca/publications/diseases-of-vegetable-crops-in-canada/
Note: It is recommended that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering in this course.
This course covers the identification, classification, landscape characteristics, adaptations, cultural requirements, value and use of woody ornamental plants. Plants common in the prairie environment are addressed and include deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers.
Required textbook: Plant Identification Terminology. 2nd Edition. J.G Harris, M.W. Harris. Spring Lake Publishing 2001. ISBN: 0-9640221-6-8 Approx. cost: $26.00.
Call the UofS bookstore at 306-966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore.