Horticulture

Bringing Science and the Art of Plant Production together

Horticulture is the art and science of plant production for both beauty and utility.

Here at St John’s College we work with seeds, seedlings, cuttings, vegetables, ornamental plants and native habitat restoration.

The setting varies constantly from classroom to gardens, library to computer labs to gulley planting.

Horticulture runs from Year 10 to Year 13.

Year 10 Horticulture

This course involves one year of study and covers knowledge of the plant kingdom including plant structure and function. It includes many aspects of soil management and plant propagation as well as introducing the concepts involved in basic garden layout and landscaping.

Classes are based around half a period of theory work followed by the remainder in the gardens.

Year 11 Horticulture

This is an NCEA Level 1 academic course covering:

  •  The Plant World – including the structure, function and processes plants carry out in order to survive
  •  Growing media – the nature of soil, soil modification and improvement
  •  Plant Husbandry – sowing seed, growing on, plant cultivation and propagation, protection and training, maintenance of plant health
  •  Landscape design and improvement
  •  Basic skills required in Horticulture.


Year 12 Horticulture

Year 12 has a horticulture trade-based focus. The course covers:

  • The Plant World - the nature, variety and uses of plants. Basic plant structure and function
  • Plant Husbandry - plant cultivation and propagation, protection and training, maintenance of plant health
  • Native forest restoration and follow-up maintenance.


Year 13 Horticulture

Year 13 Horticulture is a trade-based course, with a greater theoretical component than Year 12. 

The course covers:

  • Amenity Horticulture – basic botany (plant identification) as well as the variety and uses of plants in landscaping
  • Plant Husbandry – plant cultivation and propagation, protection and maintenance of plant health, plant processes and plant life cycles
  • Soil Media – properties that make up soil and their effect on plant growth. Soil improvement and conditioning.