Landscape Horticulture

2015 DCTC Horticulture Club Spring Plant Sale

DCTC students show off  plants they have been growing and will be for sale in the annual DCTC Landscape Horticulture Club plant sale. See poster below for dates and times.

DCTC students show off plants they have been growing and will be for sale in the annual DCTC Landscape Horticulture Club plant sale. See poster below for dates and times.


Mark your calenders for the annual DCTC Plant Sale!!!
Sale runs Thursday, May 7th. 8AM – 7PM
Friday, May 8th. 8AM – 7PM
Saturday, May 9th. 9AM – 1PM


See you there!

Plant sale dates and times

DCTC designed Sustainable Food Garden for Apple Valley Middle School

DCTC students and AVMS teachers with plans for new sustainable food garden

DCTC students and AVMS teachers with plans for new sustainable food garden

AVMS Garden PLanAfter many hours of hard work and deliberation, students and instructor Matt Brooks came up with a master plan for sustainable food gardens at Apple Valley Middle School.

Unique Opportunity Given to Horticulture Students


Students from the Horticulture program’s Sustainable Food and Crop Production class critique design proposals for Valley Middle-School.  Working cooperatively with this real life client these students individual designs will be melded into a single plan that will be presented to Middle-School administration and students.  The outcome will be a multi-phase and multi-year plan that will turn an underused courtyard into a sustainable food demonstration garden.

REAL Magazine profiles Matt Brooks and the new Sustainable Food Systems Certificate

Read the new article about Matt Brooks and Landscape Horticulture’s new Sustainable Food Systems Certificate.

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Plant Sale List

2013 Plant Sale List

Hort Club Spring Plant Sale


Sketch-Up for Landscape Designers at DCTC

Created by: Tyler Wortz

Check out some of the amazing drawings created by students enrolled in the Sketch-Up for Landscape Designers class offered at Dakota County Technical College. This course met just one day a week and attracted mostly landscape designers already working in the field. It was a great opportunity for landscape design professionals to not only learn a new skill during the slower winter season but to meet other professionals and discuss the use of various computer programs used in the design and sales process. Thanks to all who attended this course – I enjoyed teaching and learning from all of you!


Created by: Caroline Dittmann


DCTC Landscape Horticulture Students Benson, Greenwood, Grothe & Gardner Receive MNLA Scholarship

Four students in the Landscape Horticultural  program at Dakota County Technical College recently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation.  The scholarship recipients are Camille Benson, Karina Greenwood, Jesse Grothe and Charlie Gardner.

The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities.  The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry.

Four MNLA member firms sponsored the scholarships for the Dakota County Technical College students:

  • MNLA Landscape Professional Advancement Committee, based in Roseville, sponsored the scholarship for Benson.

Congratulations Camille!

  • Gertens, based in Inver Grove Heights, sponsored the scholarship for Greenwood.

Way to go Karina!

  • Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape, based in Hastings, sponsored the scholarship for Grothe.

Congratulations Jesse

  • Bachman’s, Inc., based in Farmington, sponsored the scholarship for Gardner.

Congratulations Charlie!


To be eligible for an MNLA scholarship, applicants must possess a “C” grade average or better, present letters of recommendation from instructors and employers, and submit an essay stating their career goals and objectives.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state’s largest green industry trade association with over 1,200 member companies.  Members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, irrigation contractors, commercial flower growers, tree care specialists, professional gardening services, and turf and landscape management professionals.

Sketch-Up for Landscape Designers

Attention all landscape designers! Are you wondering what new skill you will pick up over our long Minnesota winter? Why not learn how to put Google Sketch-Up to work for you next year. The landscape horticulture program at DCTC is offering a one day / week course in Google Sketch-Up. Class meets every Tuesday from 12:00 until 3:00 pm in our naturally lit state of the art computer design lab. The course is listed as LAHT 2232 – Landscape CAD II in the DCTC course catalog. Questions about the class can be answered by calling instructor Matt Brooks at 651-423-8392.

This model was drawn by course instructor Matt Brooks using Google Sketch-Up.

Ted's Poolside Bar and Lounge

The following models are examples of current student’s work in Sketch-Up.

Kim's Picnic Shelter

Becca's Shadow Study Model

Camille's garden model based on photograph

Camille's garden shown in different "Image Styles"

Students Design Parks for Sustainability

Sustainable Parks Design Guidelines

DCTC landscape horticulture students exploring native prairie restoration planting

While reorganizing files and rearranging the landscape design studio this week I ran across a project that students worked on a few years back and wanted to share it with you. Check out their design guidelines handbook “Rosemount Naturally!” which was presented to the Rosemount parks department a few years ago and has since been used in the redesign of some city parks in an attempt to reduce long term maintenance costs and create more eco-friendly environments for all of us. Just click on PDF icon above and enjoy!