Positions

Overview

  • I have been teaching at the Thompson School for 31 years and every day is as exciting as my first. The biggest reason for this is the great faculty and staff that surround me and the wonderful students I’ve had the pleasure to teach and learn from. I try to make learning fun by getting the students involved in what they are learning and I strongly believe in hands on learning. My students get firsthand experience in designing and installing irrigation systems, ponds and landscape lighting. I want the student to learn not memorize. Earning the student’s trust and respect in what I teach is critical to my success. This is why I own and operate a landscape maintenance and irrigation business. Running these two businesses and attending as many workshops, seminars and conferences as I can, allows me to stay current. I belong to a number of professional organizations such as the New England Irrigation Association, the National Irrigation Association and the Plant Propagation Association, to name a few.

    The Horticulture Program at the Thompson School is unique in that we are the only University to offer a credited course in Landscape Lighting and Pond Design. We are also one of the few schools that teach an irrigation course in which the students actually install irrigation systems in residential settings – everything from designing the system to running the pipes, installing valves, and setting the clock.

    Originally my specialty was in fruits and vegetables, however over the past few years, as the industry dictated, my area of expertise shifted into the design and installation of irrigation, ponds and landscape lighting. I also teach courses in plant propagation, fruit and vegetables, and pest management (insects).

    My family is my number one hobby. I am fortunate in that my family enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, kayaking and softball. I also enjoy playing racquetball and golf. When I’m not playing sports I love to work on my property, especially gardening.

    The most important thing I can tell you is to enjoy what you do. Don’t be afraid to try something new and learn all you can about everything.
  • Teaching Activities

  • Field Operations Taught course 2019
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2019
  • Horticultural Work Experience Taught course 2019
  • Stdy/Turf Management I Taught course 2019
  • Stdy/Turf Management II Taught course 2019
  • Sus Irrigation & Rain Harvest Taught course 2019
  • Landscape Lighting Taught course 2018
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2018
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Taught course 2018
  • Horticultural Work Experience Taught course 2018
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2018
  • "Pond-less" Water Feature Taught course 2018
  • Irrigation Design Taught course 2018
  • Field Operations Taught course 2018
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2018
  • Horticultural Work Experience Taught course 2018
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2018
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2018
  • Sus Irrigation & Rain Harvest Taught course 2018
  • Landscape Lighting Taught course 2017
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2017
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Taught course 2017
  • Horticultural Work Experience Taught course 2017
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2017
  • "Pond-less" Water Feature Taught course 2017
  • Grounds Management Taught course 2017
  • Irrigation Design Taught course 2017
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2017
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2017
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2017
  • Sus Irrigation & Rain Harvest Taught course 2017
  • Landscape Lighting Taught course 2016
  • Field Oper/Fruits & Vegetables Taught course 2016
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2016
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Taught course 2016
  • Horticultural Work Experience Taught course 2016
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2016
  • "Pond-less" Water Feature Taught course 2016
  • Irrigation Design Taught course 2016
  • Field Operations Taught course 2016
  • Flower Show Design & Construct Taught course 2016
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2016
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2016
  • Stdy/Cut Flowers and Design Taught course 2016
  • Stdy/Turf Management I Taught course 2016
  • Stdy/Turf Management II Taught course 2016
  • Sus Irrigation & Rain Harvest Taught course 2016
  • "Pond-less" Water Feature Taught course 2015
  • Field Oper/Fruits & Vegetables Taught course 2015
  • Field Oper/Irrigation Taught course 2015
  • Field Operations/Aquaponics Taught course 2015
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Taught course 2015
  • Landscape Lighting Taught course 2015
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2015
  • Stdy/Expl in Aquaponics II Taught course 2015
  • Irrigation Design Taught course 2015
  • Flower Show Design&Constructn Taught course 2015
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2015
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2015
  • Stdy/Exploratns in Aquaponics Taught course 2015
  • Studies Taught course 2015
  • Top/Sustainable Irrigation Taught course 2015
  • Freshman Seminar Taught course 2014
  • Landscape Lighting Taught course 2014
  • "Pond-less" Water Feature Taught course 2014
  • Field Oper/Fruits & Vegetables Taught course 2014
  • Flower Show Design&Constructn Taught course 2014
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Taught course 2014
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2014
  • Plant Structure and Function Taught course 2014
  • Studies/Adv Pond Design Taught course 2014
  • Irrigation Design Taught course 2014
  • Field Operations Taught course 2014
  • Flower Show Design&Constructn Taught course 2014
  • Pest Management Taught course 2014
  • Pest Management Taught course 2014
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2014
  • Plant Propagation Taught course 2014
  • Top/Sustainable Irrigation Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Rene Gingras