• By Leslie Peck
  • Posted Monday, October 9, 2017

Students Graduate from Urban Landscaping School

Six students successfully completed and graduated from the inaugural Urban Landscaping School this fall. Students attended the class to learn more about horticulture and to gain job skills in the field of landscaping.

Staff at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, designed the curriculum for Urban Landscaping School. The School taught horticultural information relevant to professionals in the landscaping business. Entrepreneurial classes were also integrated in order to help those students who wish to start their own landscaping business.

Throughout the 10-week course, students designed and installed a new landscape bed at Habitat for Humanity’s Forsyth County office. The landscape utilized native plants to fit into the existing landscape already on site. The landscape bed, as well as other examples of home landscapes that integrate native plants, can be viewed at the Habitat for Humanity office at 1023 W. 14th Street in Winston-Salem.

In addition to partnering with Habitat for Humanity, the students gained information from guest speakers who came from local organizations including Cooperative Extension, Forsyth Tech, and UNC School of the Arts.

Cooperative Extension hosted a graduation ceremony for students on Wednesday, October 4. Students reported that they gained horticultural knowledge through Urban Landscaping School. Students are looking forward to developing small businesses and careers in landscaping, and will continue to partner with Cooperative Extension in this pursuit.

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