a website that features course materials for Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers, Associate
Professor of Horticulture, Missouri State University, Springfield,
Gardening should be enjoyable, not back-breaking work!
A college-level introductory course about the basic principles and practices of the science and art of cultivating, processing and marketing of fruits, vegetables, nuts and ornamental plants.
Provides opportunities for hands-on application of concepts of plant science.
Bringing nature indoors to enhance our lives and living spaces.
horticultural concepts and their application to the growth and maintenance of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals common to most homes.
The cultivation of flowers, including flowering plants and foliage plants: cut flowers, bedding plants, perennials and hanging baskets.
The identification of flowering herbaceous plants.
Principles of commercial and home garden vegetable production with an emphasis on sustainable practices, alternative production techniques, and marketing crops. Organic techniques will be discussed. The course also covers crop climate conditions, physiological growth and development, and harvesting and storage.
Exposing students to the basic principles of plant growth in controlled environments, providing experience in crop production and greenhouse management decisions, and explaining the technical components of greenhouse construction, maintenance and management.
Diseases and physiological disorders of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between plants and pathogenic organisms, on environmental factors that cause plant diseases, and on disease control methods.
Principles of plant propagation and the techniques used by nurseries and greenhouses to propagate horticultural crops. Students will learn how plant growth and structure determine propagation methods, and will get hands-on experience in propagation techniques.
Focusing on the importance of soil fertility and plant nutrition to the
health and survival of all life .