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UW Offers Professional Courses For Landscape Careers

If you’re thinking about a career in the landscape industry, you might
want to consider enrolling in the landscape industry program offered
through the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s Farm and Industry Short
Course and Department of Horticulture.

That program has been retooled to more specifically target students
interested in pursuing a professional career in the landscape
industry, says Ted Halbach, Farm and Industry Short Course director.

“Employment statistics show healthy growth trends for the industry
over the next decade, and I believe we have the best resources in the
state to offer comprehensive training to students in this area,”
Halbach says.

Students can take a specified set of courses to earn a landscape
industry certificate offered through the 17-week FISC program, or
select specific courses to meet individual career needs.

If you”re new to the industry, you might want to start with an
introductory course that starts in November, suggests Eileen Nelson,
faculty associate with the university”s horticulture department.

“Introduction to Plant Science and Horticulture is a two-credit course
that gives students a solid overview of the breadth of the
horticulture industry, plant structure, growth processes and
requirements for optimum growth,” Nelson says.

“After that introductory course, we focus on all of the specifics that
will prepare someone for employment in the landscape industry. We also
offer guidance for those who wish to run their own small business,”
she adds.

The following classes specific to horticulture are scheduled for
November to March:

– Introduction to Plant Science
– Identification of Herbaceous Ornamental plants
– Identification of Woody Ornamental Plants
– Landscape Maintenance and Construction
– Plant Diseases

Students can register for any of these courses through the Farm and
Industry Short Course program by calling 608-263-3918.

The registration deadline for all classes is two weeks prior to the
start of the class. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-
served basis.

For more information on the courses, contact Eileen Nelson by email at eonelson@wisc.edu
or by phone at (608) 265-5283