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Horticulture & Plant Science

Life Sciences & Services Academy

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Life Sciences Pathway

Program Description

Horticulture is the art, technology, and science of plants. It is the food we eat, the landscapes we live and play in, and the environments we thrive in.

The Horticulture & Plant Science career major prepares students for the wide variety of occupations in four areas of study:

  • Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
  • Plant Science
  • Turf Management
  • Greenhouse Management/Floriculture

The major covers horticulture and plant science and prepares students to be the next generation of leaders who will help our agricultural systems and living landscapes thrive in an ever-changing world. Students get real world, hands on experience in our state of the art 3600 sq. ft greenhouse as well as through participation in Minuteman’s off-site projects.

Work in the school’s greenhouse provides learning experiences in food and ornamental plant production and propagation, integrated pest management, and greenhouse management. Entrepreneurship and business operations are covered through seasonal sales through the greenhouse and on-site Flower Shop.  All students learn how to operate and maintain equipment such as tractors, wood-chipper, skid steer loader, chain saws and various other types of equipment. To keep up to date with the ever-changing industry, students regularly attend industry conventions and conferences as well as participate in FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Career Development Events. New areas and technologies are always under review for inclusion in our curriculum.

Horticulture students participate in a beekeeping activity. There are two active beehives on the Minuteman campus that are maintained by the Horticulture students and teachers.

Course Content

  • OSHA 10 and OSHA 40
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Introduction to Landscape Design
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Pathology
  • Pruning techniques
  • Turf Management
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Soil Science and Conservation
  • Floral Design
  • Management of Forest & Ornamental Trees
  • Maintenance and safe use of Landscaping Equipment
  • Landscape Business Management/Customer Relations
  • Agribusiness
  • Opportunity for Cooperative Workforce Placement

Career Tree: Horticulture

First page of the PDF file: HorticultureCareerTree2019

Potential Careers: More Info

Seed Your Future is a movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants. 

First page of the PDF file: PlantsToTheRescueLesson1_Part3
First page of the PDF file: PlantsToTheRescueLesson1_Part4

Horticulture Instructors

Peter Kelleher

Instructor-Horticulture and Plant Science, FFA Advisor, BBQ Club Advisor, Assistant Coach-Girls Soccer

Renée Portanova

Long Term Sub-Horticulture and Plant Science
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Industry Certifications

  • Horticulture & Plant Science Technology Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Certification
  • Pesticide Applicators License (18 years old to take exam)
  • Hoisting Engineers License (18 years old to take exam)
  • Interlocking Concrete Pavers Institute (ICPI) Certification
Projected Salary


Massachusetts averages:

  • Arborist: $79,009/year
  • Landscape Architect: $71,299/year
  • Landscape Designer: $70,341/year
  • Greenhouse Grower: $66,136/year

National average:

  • Landscape Architect: $74,980/year
  • Greenhouse Grower: $31,440/year
Sources:, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Source 1Source 2)
(Updated 1/18/23)

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

  • Newton Cemetery Corporation
  • Weston Nurseries
  • Belmont Landscaping
  • Marquis Tree
  • Cavicchio Greenhouses
  • Russell’s Garden Center
  • Cucurbit Farm
  • Town of Arlington
  • Town of Lincoln
  • Fresh Pond Golf Club
  • New England Nursery
  • Mac’s Landscaping
  • Tibur Landscaping
  • Winchester Country Club

Articulation Agreement

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Stockbridge School of Agriculture; Minuteman graduation earns 3 Stockbridge credits toward a 2- or 4-year degree.