Hort/ALEC 4040 - Spring 2019
Greenhouse Management Skills
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Instructor: Dr. Paul A. Thomas, Dr. Jason Peake and Dr. Ashley Yopp
Athens Site Greenhouse Manager: Ms Pam
Welcome to Hort 4040 - Greenhouse Management
and Floral Skills For Teachers is taught through the Department
at The University of Georgia at the Athens anTifton Campuses. For the Tifton class location and details, please see Dr. Yopp.
The objective of this class training is to prepare you for
independent management of high school, middle school and other
institutional classroom-based greeenhouses. You will learn how
to grow plants, How to manage the greenhouse equipment. How to
manage work flow and task scheduling. You will learn how to schedule,
grow and sell plants using an FFA plant sale format. You will
learn how to construct greenhouse irrigation, how to calculate
fertilizer and plant growth regulator concentrations.
The 2019 Plant Sale dates are April
5, 6,7, and April 12, 13, 14, at the Riverbend Complex. Please determine
your calendar events on those days so you can schedule work hours
during those days. The sale is put on as a joint project by this
class, and the UGA Hort Club. Proceeds that are generated by this
class from sale of the class grown plants go back into the purchases,
equipment repairs and purchases, and expenses of setting up next
years Hort 4040 class.
- Class lecture meets:
- Monday, Wednesday 10:10 am - 11:00 am - South Milledge
- or at the Riverbend Greenhouse Complex as necessary or as
assigned. See Lecture Schedules
- Lab Period: Fridays 10:10am - 12:00 pm - Riverbend GH
or South Milledge
- Weekend Watering: Each student will check the greenhouse
and water on a weekend day, as per a rotational system. This
will come to no more than two weekend days per month, for two
- As teachers you will be taking care of greenhouses on your
own and will need to handle weekend work. This is independent
learning experience. 4 hours/month is not excessive given the
value of the crops.
- Quizzes are scheduled as needed but will be announced
on Mondays and given on Wednesdays, see lecture schedule.
- Class greenhouse activities include some work outside
of the classroom schedule...this includes working the annual
plant sale for 4 hours each weekend, for two weekends. Students.will have an opportuinity
to schedule their work days and times but must work 8 hours over
the two weekend sale.
- Parking at Riverbend is by permit only. Do not park next
to the greenhouses. You will be ticketed. I will get parking
passes for the lot in front of the head house for the semester
for you. UGA Bus transporation is available to the Riverbend Complex
- Rivers Crossing Line.
- Mondays and Wednesdays you can park your car at the South
Milledge Greenhouse Facility....there are no parking restrictions.
The Rivers Crossing line also stops at S. Milledge
- It is class policy to wear close-toed shoes in the greenhouse
for safety reasons. No flip flops. Your feet will come into contact
with fertilizers. You can bring and store greenhouse shoes in
- Like Dairy Farming, you will get dirty/wet in this class.
Consider that you will be using greenhouse soil and watering.
Bring an apron/boots if you plan to wear valuable clothing. You will not be required to spray pesticides in this class,
but may be asked to apply plant growth regulators. Gloves will
- Lab attendance, weekend watering, and working the plant
sale are requirements of this class. You will be given the opportunity to select weekend and
sale participation work hours, but Friday lab attendance is manditory.
- If you feel your class schedule does not allow you to attend
the full class lab period, please consider taking other courses.
- This class is a hands-on format and being in the greenhouse
is essential to learning greenhouse management, and given the
team approach to task managemnt we take,
- it would be unfair to fellow students if work periods are
missed on a regular basis.
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