Horticulture & Landscaping


Niagara Catholic, in partnership with the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, has recently launched a new Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).  The program, offered to all Niagara Catholic secondary students, is currently hosted by Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Grimsby.

As part of the partnership agreement a double portable will be housed at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture behind the Butterfly Conservatory. Students will travel to the Park location for the Reach Ahead and Experiential Learning components of the Specialist High Skills Major designation.


Students pursuing an SHSM must have opportunities for “reach ahead” experiences connected with their postsecondary pathway. These experiences enable Grade 11 and 12 students to gain confidence in their ability to be successful, refine skills and work habits, and make informed choices about future careers and next steps.


The SHSM experiential learning requirement consists of planned learning activities that take place outside the traditional classroom setting. Experiential learning, which can include job shadowing, job twinning, work experience, virtual work experience, and cooperative education (see Appendix C), enables students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available to them in connection with the careers that interest them.