2Horticulture As A Career Objective: to obtain an overview of the Horticulture Industry and Jobs available in the field.The Word Horticulture derived from Greek Root Words: hortus cultivaTranslate into English as: garden cultivationThe industry has developed far beyond this simple definition. Today horticulture includes the cultivation, processing, and sale of fruits, nuts vegetables, ornamental plants and flowers.What did early “man” do to survive? How did they live?
3The Horticulture Industry consists of 4 major divisions: PomologyOlericultureFloricultureLandscape and Nursery Industry
4Pomologythe science and practice of growing, harvesting, handling, storing, processing and marketing tree fruits.
5OlericultureThe science and practice of growing, harvesting, handling, storing, processing, and marketing vegetables.
6FloricultureThe science and practice of growing, harvesting, storing, designing and marketing flowers.
7Landscape and Nursery Industry The science and practice of propagating, growing, installing, maintaining and using grasses, annual plants, shrubs and trees in the landscape.
8The industry as a whole contributes over 50 billion dollars into the U The industry as a whole contributes over 50 billion dollars into the U.S. economy each year.Locally: annual sales in greenhouse and nursery product in Mecklenburg County top $50 million.Across North Carolina $700 million
9Popularity of Horticulture Interest in plant life started on a rise in the mid-1960’s and is yet to reach its peak.A major cause for this “renewal” of interest is credited to the release of a book, “The Silent Spring”, by Rachel CarsonAnother contributor may have been the result of a youth rebellion to the “throw-away” world created by their elders.
10It may have also stemmed from the development of improved plant species and better marketing from the industry’s horticultural, botanical and ecological professionals.
11No matter the reason, there is a surge of young and old people putting a higher emphasis on the importance of the use of plant materials in their daily lives.
12Careers in Horticulture There are various sources of employment for people trained in Horticultural Practices.High School DiplomaGreenhouse WorkerNursery WorkerGarden Center EmployeePark EmployeeGolf Course EmployeeFloral Design EmployeeLawn Maintenance EmployeeIrrigation Installer2-Year Tech. SchoolLandscape ForemanGolf Course SuperintendantGroundskeeperGreenhouse GrowerTree SurgeonPropagatorIrrigation DesignerNursery ManagerLandscape DesignerLandscape ContractorSales