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.
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.
Giving students the opportunity to learn the science and techniques of propagating plants, including growing from seed, cuttings, division, layering and tissue culture. The course meets about half the time for lectures and half the time for hands-on lab activities.
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.