Teaching Plan

Master of Gardens and Gardeners of Costa Rica
Horticulture Training Program

January – February 2019

For each week see details of proposed teaching plan.

 

Week 1 – January 21 through January 25
Dr. Alex Bolques and Mr. Daniel Leonard 
Introduction, Plant Science, Soils and Nutrition

Week 1 Details

  1. First Day Introduction and overview of the process and content;  get to know the class members and instructors; and tour campus garden and nursery areas
  2. Basic plant science /  Botany   /  Physiology
  3. Soil and Nutrition, fertilizer, compost
  4. How to take samples for collections of soils, insects and plants

Activities:

 

 

Week 2 – January 28 through February 1
Ms. Linda Seals and Ms. Adrian Hunsberger
Right Plant Right Place and IPM:  Pest ID and Management and Pesticide safety

Week 2 Details

  1. Planting of  annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees
  2. Effects of environment on plants: Light, moisture, soils, temperature
  3. Go outside and look at plants:  What is right… what is wrong…
  4. IPM: Pest ID and Management
  5. Pesticide safety
  6. Safe handling of Pesticides
  7. Chemical and mechanical control
  8. Worker protection
  9. Laws and rules

 

Activities:

 

Week 3 – February 4 through February 8
Mr. Henry Mayer and  ???
Propagation and Landscape Maintenance and Care

Week 3 Details

  1. Pruning
  2. Commercial: Trouble shooting lawns and plants
  3. Homeowners: Edible Gardening
  4. Erosion control
  5. Lawn mowers, and equipment operation and safety
  6. Landscape Maintenance and daily care
  7. Irrigation, Watering –
  8. Types of Irrigation
  9. Low volume equipment
  10. Simple calibration

Activities:

 

 

 

Week 4 – February 11 through February 15
Dr. Andrea Albertin, Ms. Julie McConnell, and Dr. Bryan Unruh
Week 4 Details

  1. Extension and informational Resources
  2. Involve Ministry of Agriculture and Extension
  3. Be familiar with available resources
  4. Text books and references
  5. Working with Computers
  6. Evaluation – distributed

Dr. Bryan Unruh

  1. Golf Course Maintenance and Care
  2. Lawn Maintenance and Care
  3. Irrigation, Watering

Activities:

 

Graduation
Dr. Nick Place, Dr. Pete Vergot and Dr. B.K. Singh
GRADUATION!  February 12, 2019 and February 15

  • Student project  presentations
  • Share, Celebrate and Graduation
  • Invite sponsors and media

Your suggestions on ways to improve our program will be most appreciated!