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Effective: Summer 2016

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 is strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Select suitable plants for interior environments.
  • Exhibit an understanding of design principles influencing interiorscaping.
Description -
Design, installation, and maintenance practices utilized in interior landscapes. Includes the identification, selection, culture, and care of plants suitable for interior use and special events. Identification of approximately 50 tropical plants. Analysis of environmental factors which affect plant health, appearance, and longevity. Container and growing media selection.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. select suitable plants for interior environments and special events.
  2. explain how environmental factors influence plants.
  3. exhibit an understanding of design principles influencing interiorscapes.
  4. demonstrate techniques for the installation and maintenance of interiorscapes.
  5. discuss pest and disease problems which impact interior plants.
  6. demonstrate, through written examinations, an understanding of interiorscaping.
  7. identify tropical plants on class plant list.
  8. recognize the variety of ways interior plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to interiorscaping
    1. Identify applications for interiorscaping
    2. Overview of environmental factors affecting plants.
    3. Overview of maintenance practices.
    4. Use of interior plants by different cultures
  2. Identification.
    1. Identify listed tropical plants.
  3. Design
    1. Site analysis and program development
    2. Interiorscape design development
    3. Interior planting design (foliage and flowering plants)
    4. Container selection
  4. Installation
    1. Plant selection (acquisition and evaluation)
    2. Preparation of containers
    3. Selection and preparation of growing media
    4. Irrigation techniques for interior environments
    5. Acclimatization of plants
  5. Maintenance
    1. General day-to-day maintenance practices and scheduling
    2. Environmental factors affecting plant growth and health
    3. Identification of pests and diseases
    4. Appropriate integrated pest management practices for interior environments
    5. Nutritional analysis
    6. Methods of fertilizer application
    7. Irrigation system maintenance practices
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Plant identification examination
  2. Term project
  3. Final examination
  4. Participation through attendance
Representative Text(s) -
Manaker, George, Interior Plantscapes, 3 ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1996. (optional)
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Co., 2007.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
  7. Perform self-guided research.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Interior plant identification.
    1. Identification of common tropicals
    2. Identification of exotic tropicals
  2. Greenhouse management.
    1. Maintain proper greenhouse cultural conditions
    2. Manage pest controls
  3. Plant care.
  4. Plant design.
    1. Analyze site conditions
    2. Interview clients
    3. Select appropriate plant material
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20-30 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. topical white papers