Horticulture as a Fine Art

Instructor Catherine Grant wants her students to exceed client expectations

A native of Berkeley, Calif., and a 1980 graduate of UC Berkeley, Catherine Grant teaches the Greenhouse emphasis area of the DCTC Landscape Horticulture program. Grant traces her love of gardening to her great grandfather, Joseph L. Callaghan, who as far back as the early 1930s was referred to as the father of the California Spring Garden Show.

Spring Bedding Plant SaleA University of Minnesota Master Gardener, Grant stresses the importance of fine gardening in the landscape industry. Making sure the program’s graduates can meet and exceed client expectations is the driving force behind her curriculum.

“We have a beautiful greenhouse on campus that serves as an industry-standard lab for our students,” she said. “Every year, we hold a spring bedding plant sale that features student-grown material. Our students work on delivering a full-service experience, including teaching clients about the plants they buy.” Grant added that a pre-Thanksgiving winter green sale is also in the works.

Spring Bedding Plant SaleGrant is exploring student lab time that includes fine-gardening projects on select areas of the DCTC Rosemount campus.

Water garden nook (November 2011)“Our students will design and implement the projects as if they are working for an actual client,” she said. “We’ve already started on a restoration project for a water garden nook just off our program area. Once completed, the garden will be a wonderful place to rest and relax for our students, staff and faculty.”

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